Rockies mow down Atlanta, 12-6
Colorado records highest run total for third straight win
DENVER — The Colorado Rockies have been waiting for their offense to break out.
It took one inning to make it happen.
Yorvit Torrealba hit a threerun home run to cap off a sixrun third inning and the Colorado Rockies won their third straight, beating the Atlanta Braves 12-6 on Wednesday night.
“We’re hitting. Hopefully we can keep it going,” Matt Holliday said. “If we get all of our guys going, we have a good offense. We’ll put up a lot of runs and make it hard on other teams.”
Holliday had a triple and two RBIs and Ryan Spilborghs went 3-for-5 with a home run and five RBIs in a spot start for the Rockies, who put up their highest run total of the young season. Their previous high was just four runs, in a win Tuesday night against the Braves.
Mark Redman (1-1) pitched five innings and allowed three runs — two earned — and seven hits with no walks and three strikeouts.
Chuck James (0-1), who was activated from the 15day disabled list before the game, gave up six runs in three innings in his first start of the season. James hit three batters.
The Rockies broke open the game in the third, sending nine batters to the plate and scor- ing six runs with the help of just three hits. James hit two batters in the frame, including Willy Taveras to lead off the inning. Troy Tulowitzki followed with a walk, and after Todd Helton struck out, Holliday tripled to left.
Spilborghs singled home Holliday, Garrett Atkins was hit by a pitch, and following Jeff Baker’s fly out to center, Torrealba hit his first homer of the season to deep left.
The Braves scored an unearned run in the top of the fourth, but Helton answered with an RBI double in the bottom of the inning.
Atlanta got another run in the fifth on a two-out single by Chipper Jones.
“We played maybe our best game of the year, hitting and fielding-wise,” Atlanta manager Bobby Cox said. “We made all kinds of great plays and hit the ball good enough to win.”