The Toddfather propelled the Rockies to a 9-6 victory tonight with a pair of three-run homers. Helton needs just one more hit to reach 2,500. Corey Dickerson led the game off with a triple and scored on D.J. LeMahieu’s double. The Reds crawled back to a 2-1 lead when the Rox had a five-run rally in the fourth inning to chase Bronson Arroyo. After Helton’s second homer staked the Rox to a 9-3 lead in the bottom of the seventh, Matt Belisle took a seat to let Zero pitch another inning in the eighth.
Jeff Francis wobbled in the ninth inning giving up three runs before ending the game for a 9-6 final. The first hit was a pop up that fell in no man’s land. The second hit was apparently a foul ball down the right field line that was called fair. After Brandon Phillips drove in a couple of runs with a soft rolling grounder up the middle, he was supposedly out at second base on a wild pitch on a perfect throw by Rosario when Phillips slid right into the glove of Tulo. Finally, Francis got the last three outs including a sacrifice fly.
Colorado improved to 64-72 while pushing the Reds further back (3 1/2 games) of first place shared by St. Louis and Pittsburgh. Tomorrow the Rockies face former overall #2 pick Greg Reynolds (by the Rockies) for a chance to clinch another series.
The ROOT tv crew reported that CarGo flew to Fresno to play seven innings tonight and full games Saturday and Sunday. All goes as expected, he should be in the lineup Monday.