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Six-run third propels Rockies over Braves

Apr 10, 2008 - 4:47 AM By Brady Delander PA SportsTicker Contributing Writer

DENVER (Ticker) -- Black clouds rolled in for a spring storm that could dump a half-foot of snow on the Mile High City. The Colorado Rockies made it rain first.

Ryan Spilborghs homered and had five RBI and Yorvit Torrealba added a three-run home run, helping the Rockies jump out early on their way to a 12-6 victory over the Atlanta Braves at Coors Field on Wednesday.

For Colorado, which had scored just 14 runs through eight games after finishing second in the National League with 860 last season, it represented the team's highest run output since beating the Florida Marlins, 13-0, on September 16, 2007.

"With guys up and down the lineup like (Matt) Holliday and (Todd) Helton and a bunch of good hitters, it's only a matter of time until you start raking," Spilborghs said.

Torrealba, who was batting .130 (3-for-23) as he walked up to the plate in the third, had the biggest swing in an inning full of them, crushing a 1-0 pitch off Braves starter Chuck James (0-1) for a three-run home run.

"I was ready for a nice game - a couple hits," said Torrealba, who was hitless in his prior 11 at-bats before the home run. "To get four RBI, it's definitely a big day for me. Hopefully, it will get me going."

But the damage started before Torrealba's blast.

James opened the third by beaning Willy Taveras and walking Troy Tulowitzki. After Todd Helton struck out looking, Holliday hit a two-run triple to the wall in left field. Spilborghs followed with a single to score Holliday.

"We have good hitters, and eventually good hitters hit," Holliday said. "Hopefully, we keep it going. We can put up a lot of runs and make it hard on a lot of teams."

Garrett Atkins stepped to the plate next and became the third batter to be hit in the game by James, who brushed another two Rockies batters in his three innings. Torrealba didn't give James a chance to hit him, though, as he uncorked his first home run of the season to left to place the Braves in a 6-1 hole.

Torrealba finished the game 3-for-4 with four RBI, allowing ex-Brave Mark Redman (1-1), to get the win. The lefthander worked five innings, allowing three runs - two earned - and seven hits with three strikeouts to get the win.

The Braves surged late when Mark Teixeira hit a two-run homer in the eighth inning to make it 9-5, but the Rockies piled on in the bottom half. Spilborghs hit a two-out, three-run homer to give the Rockies a comfortable 12-5 advantage after eight.

"We played maybe our best game of the year actually, hitting-wise and fielding-wise," Atlanta manager Bobby Cox said. "We made all kinds of great plays and hit the ball good enough to win. ... We gave up way too many runs for a night that we actually played a (decent) game."

Spilborghs, who did not have an RBI entering the contest, ended the game 3-for-5 with five RBI and two runs scored.

"Confidence comes from success," Rockies manager Clint Hurdle said. "We had some guys that were successful tonight, and that's going to help us as we move forward."

Brian McCann had three hits, including his second home run of the season, and three RBI for the Braves, who dropped their third straight game.








  • NL
    FINAL
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
    - - - - - - - - - - - -
    ATLANTA 0 1 0 1 1 0 0 2 1 6 13 0
    COLORADO 0 0 6 1 0 0 2 3 x 12 13 2 (FINAL)

    BATTERIES: ATL - CHUCK JAMES, JEFF BENNETT (4TH), CHRIS RESOP (7TH) AND BRIAN
    MCCANN
    COL - MARK REDMAN, RYAN SPEIER (6TH), MICAH BOWIE
    (7TH), KIP WELLS (8TH), MATT HERGES (9T

    Apr 9 11:20 PM


  • NL
    AT COLORADO - SCORING UPDATE
    SINGLE BY YUNEL ESCOBAR SCORED GREGOR BLANCO.
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, Y ESCOBAR ON FIRST, 2 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: ATLANTA 6
    COLORADO 12 TOP, 9TH
    DUE UP FOR ATLANTA: C JONES (.395, 2-FOR-4, RBI)

    Braves 6, Rockies 12  Top 9, 0 OutsApr 9 11:18 PM


  • NL
    AT COLORADO - SCORING UPDATE
    THREE-RUN HOME RUN BY RYAN SPILBORGHS (1) TO CENTER WITH 2
    OUT IN THE 8TH OFF CHRIS RESOP SCORED WILLY TAVERAS AND TODD
    HELTON.
    CURRENT SCORE: ATLANTA 5, COLORADO 12
    DUE UP FOR COLORADO: G ATKINS (.294, 1-FOR-3, HBP)

    Braves 5, Rockies 12  Bot 8, 0 OutsApr 9 11:10 PM


  • NL
    AT COLORADO - SCORING UPDATE
    TWO-RUN HOME RUN BY BRIAN MCCANN (2) TO RIGHT CENTER WITH 2
    OUT IN THE 8TH OFF KIP WELLS SCORED MARK TEIXEIRA.
    CURRENT SCORE: ATLANTA 5, COLORADO 9
    DUE UP FOR ATLANTA: M DIAZ (.257, 0-FOR-3, RBI)

    Braves 5, Rockies 9  Top 8, 0 OutsApr 9 10:56 PM


  • NL
    AT COLORADO - SCORING UPDATE
    SINGLE BY YORVIT TORREALBA SCORED RYAN SPILBORGHS.
    SITUATION: 2 RUNS IN, Y TORREALBA ON FIRST, 2 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: ATLANTA 3
    COLORADO 9 BOTTOM, 7TH
    DUE UP FOR COLORADO: M BOWIE (.000, 0 HR, 0 RBI)

    Braves 3, Rockies 9  Bot 7, 0 OutsApr 9 10:46 PM


  • NL
    AT COLORADO - SCORING UPDATE
    DOUBLE BY RYAN SPILBORGHS SCORED MATT HOLLIDAY.
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, R SPILBORGHS ON SECOND, 0 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: ATLANTA 3
    COLORADO 8 BOTTOM, 7TH
    DUE UP FOR COLORADO: G ATKINS (.303, 1-FOR-2, HBP)

    Braves 3, Rockies 8  Bot 7, 0 OutsApr 9 10:38 PM


  • NL
    AT COLORADO - SCORING UPDATE
    SINGLE BY CHIPPER JONES SCORED YUNEL ESCOBAR.
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, C JONES ON FIRST, 2 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: ATLANTA 3
    COLORADO 7 TOP, 5TH
    DUE UP FOR ATLANTA: M TEIXEIRA (.147, 0-FOR-2)

    Braves 3, Rockies 7  Top 5, 0 OutsApr 9 10:02 PM


  • NL
    AT COLORADO - SCORING UPDATE
    DOUBLE BY TODD HELTON SCORED WILLY TAVERAS.
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, T HELTON ON SECOND, 1 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: ATLANTA 2
    COLORADO 7 BOTTOM, 4TH
    DUE UP FOR COLORADO: M HOLLIDAY (.281, 1-FOR-2, 2 RBI)

    Braves 2, Rockies 7  Bot 4, 0 OutsApr 9 9:52 PM


  • NL
    AT COLORADO - SCORING UPDATE
    GROUND OUT BY MATT DIAZ SCORED MARK TEIXEIRA.
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, B MCCANN ON THIRD, 2 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: ATLANTA 2
    COLORADO 6 TOP, 4TH
    DUE UP FOR ATLANTA: M KOTSAY (.290, 1-FOR-1)

    Braves 2, Rockies 6  Top 4, 0 OutsApr 9 9:46 PM


  • NL
    AT COLORADO - SCORING UPDATE
    THREE-RUN HOME RUN BY YORVIT TORREALBA (1) TO LEFT WITH 2
    OUT IN THE 3RD OFF CHUCK JAMES SCORED RYAN SPILBORGHS AND GARRETT
    ATKINS.
    CURRENT SCORE: ATLANTA 1, COLORADO 6
    DUE UP FOR COLORADO: M REDMAN (.000, 0-FOR-1)

    Braves 1, Rockies 6  Bot 3, 0 OutsApr 9 9:34 PM


  • NL
    AT COLORADO - SCORING UPDATE
    SINGLE BY RYAN SPILBORGHS SCORED MATT HOLLIDAY.
    SITUATION: 3 RUNS IN, R SPILBORGHS ON FIRST, 1 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: ATLANTA 1
    COLORADO 3 BOTTOM, 3RD
    DUE UP FOR COLORADO: G ATKINS (.313, 1-FOR-1)

    Braves 1, Rockies 3  Bot 3, 0 OutsApr 9 9:30 PM


  • NL
    AT COLORADO - SCORING UPDATE
    TRIPLE BY MATT HOLLIDAY SCORED WILLY TAVERAS AND TROY
    TULOWITZKI.
    SITUATION: 2 RUNS IN, M HOLLIDAY ON THIRD, 1 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: ATLANTA 1
    COLORADO 2 BOTTOM, 3RD
    DUE UP FOR COLORADO: R SPILBORGHS (.111, 0-FOR-1)

    Braves 1, Rockies 2  Bot 3, 0 OutsApr 9 9:29 PM


  • NL
    AT COLORADO - SCORING UPDATE
    DOUBLE BY BRIAN MCCANN SCORED JEFF FRANCOEUR.
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, B MCCANN ON SECOND, 0 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: ATLANTA 1
    COLORADO 0 TOP, 2ND
    DUE UP FOR ATLANTA: M DIAZ (.281, 1 HR, 5 RBI)

    Braves 1, Rockies 0  Top 2, 0 OutsApr 9 8:57 PM