Rock­ies mow down At­lanta, 12-6

Colorado records high­est run to­tal for third straight win

The Covington News - - Sports -

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.”

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