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Tulowitzki homers as Rockies top Nationals

Aug 26, 2007 - 5:11 AM DENVER (Ticker) -- Rookie Troy Tulowitzki hit his 18th homer of the season and Matt Holliday extended his hitting streak to 15 games as the Colorado Rockies posted a 5-1 victory over the Washington Nationals on Saturday night at Coors Field.

Brad Hawpe had two RBI for the Rockies (66-63), who kept alive hope for a playoff berth. Colorado is 6 1/2 games behind first-place Arizona (72-57) in the National League West Division.

Rockies starter Ubaldo Jimenez (3-2) had a shaky beginning in the first inning, giving up a double by leadoff hitter Felipe Lopez - who then stole third - and an RBI groundout by Nook Logan. But Jimenez settled in and allowed just two more Nationals to reach base before being pulled after seven innings.

He allowed one run and three hits while striking out four and walking two, throwing 100 pitches - 63 for strikes.

"That extended first inning was a little off-kilter for him," Rockies manager Clint Hurdle said. "But he hung in there, left a couple men on base and was efficient in the second, the third and the fourth."

LaTroy Hawkins tossed a perfect eighth and Jorge Julio hurled a scoreless ninth in a non-save situation.

Colorado quickly erased the 1-0 deficit in the bottom of the first as Tulowitzki lifted a 3-2 pitch from Washington starter Tim Redding over the wall in right-center field with one out. Hawpe gave the Rockies the lead in the fourth, when he launched a two-run shot - his 23rd of the season - to make it 3-1.

"It's always nice to score in the first, especially when they put a run up," Tulowitzki said. "Who knows, that might have got us going a little bit. We've been struggling a little bit offensively as of late.

"Hopefully this will carry over to (Sunday)."

The Rockies extended their lead in the fifth as Holliday singled up the middle to drive in Kaz Matsui, who led off the frame with a bunt single. That preceded a mini-meltdown by Redding (3-4), who walked Todd Helton to load the bases before issuing a free pass to Garrett Atkins that forced in Tulowitzki for a 5-1 advantagae.

Austin Kearns had two hits for the Nationals, who have lost seven of their last 10 games.








  • NL
    FINAL
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
    - - - - - - - - - - - -
    WASHINGTON 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 4 0
    COLORADO 1 0 0 2 2 0 0 0 x 5 7 0 (FINAL)

    BATTERIES: WAS - TIM REDDING, CHRIS SCHRODER (5TH), SAUL RIVERA (8TH) AND BRIAN
    SCHNEIDER
    COL - UBALDO JIMENEZ, LATROY HAWKINS (8TH), JORGE JULIO
    (9TH) AND YORVIT TORREALBA


    Aug 25 10:34 PM


  • NL
    AT COLORADO - SCORING UPDATE
    BASES LOADED WALK TO GARRETT ATKINS SCORED TROY TULOWITZKI.
    SITUATION: 2 RUNS IN, G ATKINS ON FIRST, T HELTON ON SECOND, M
    HOLLIDAY ON THIRD, 0 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: WASHINGTON 1
    COLORADO 5 BOTTOM, 5TH
    DUE UP FOR COLORADO: B HAWPE (.288, 1-FOR-2, HR, 2 RBI)

    Nationals vs. RockiesAug 25 9:34 PM


  • NL
    AT COLORADO - SCORING UPDATE
    SINGLE BY MATT HOLLIDAY SCORED KAZ MATSUI.
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, M HOLLIDAY ON FIRST, T TULOWITZKI ON THIRD, 0 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: WASHINGTON 1
    COLORADO 4 BOTTOM, 5TH
    DUE UP FOR COLORADO: T HELTON (.300, 0-FOR-2)

    Nationals vs. RockiesAug 25 9:29 PM


  • NL
    AT COLORADO - SCORING UPDATE
    TWO-RUN HOME RUN BY BRAD HAWPE (23) TO LEFT WITH 1 OUT IN
    THE 4TH OFF TIM REDDING SCORED GARRETT ATKINS.
    CURRENT SCORE: WASHINGTON 1, COLORADO 3
    DUE UP FOR COLORADO: R SPILBORGHS (.313, 0-FOR-0, BB)

    Nationals vs. RockiesAug 25 9:13 PM


  • NL
    AT COLORADO - SCORING UPDATE
    SOLO HOME RUN BY TROY TULOWITZKI (18) TO RIGHT WITH 1 OUT
    IN THE 1ST OFF TIM REDDING.
    CURRENT SCORE: WASHINGTON 1, COLORADO 1
    DUE UP FOR COLORADO: M HOLLIDAY (.334, 23 HR, 99 RBI)

    Nationals vs. RockiesAug 25 8:25 PM


  • NL
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
    - - - - - - - - - - - -
    WASHINGTON 1 1 2 0
    COLORADO 0 0 0 (BOT 1)

    CURRENT PITCHERS: WAS - TIM REDDING
    COL - UBALDO JIMENEZ

    DUE UP FOR COLORADO: K MATSUI (.289, 3 HR, 29 RBI)
    T TULOWITZKI (.295, 17 HR, 68 RBI)
    M HOLLIDAY (.334, 23 HR,

    Nationals vs. RockiesAug 25 8:19 PM