It wasn't another shutout for the Colorado Rockies, but they did score nine more runs against the Kansas City Royals in a 9-6 victory on Saturday evening. The newest Rockie, 2B Mark Ellis, had a big game with three doubles and two RBI. A two-run double to deep right field in the second inning got Ellis going.
That double in the second was part of a six-run inning for the Rockies that also saw RBI singles by Chris Iannetta and Troy Tulowitzki, a Ty Wigginton RBI double and a Todd Helton sacrifice fly. Helton had singled in a run in the first inning, too. And when he hit a double in the eighth inning, Helton tied Tony Gwynn for 25th all-time on the career doubles list. He is currently second among active players (third if you don't consider Manny Ramirez's retirement official yet) behind Ivan Rodriguez.
Tulowitzki, who will learn his All-Star Game gate on Sunday afternoon, homered in his third straight game for 17 on the season. Seth Smith added a sac fly to complete the scoring.
Greg Reynolds (3-0, 5.16 ERA) picked up the win, but did give up five runs. Jeff Francoeur had an RBI triple; Wilson Betemit picked up a three-run home run; and Alex Gordon had a solo home run. When Rafael Betancourt came in to pitch the ninth, he did allow Gordon to drive in the Royals' sixth run. Huston Street came in and picked up his 24th save by throwing one pitch for the
Royals starter Kyle Davies didn't fare well in his first off the disabled list. He allowed seven runs (four earned) in three innings, falling to 1-7 this season.
The Rockies (41-42, 22-21 home) finish this series on Sunday afternoon at 1:10 p.m. MT. Jason Hammel and Luke Hochevar are the scheduled starters.
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