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Finally, a one-run win Big boost in confidence comes with Rockies putting stop to losing close games ROCKIES 3, MARLINS 2


Finally, a one-run win Big boost in confidence comes with Rockies putting stop to losing close games ROCKIES 3, MARLINS 2
A 3-2 victory is as commonplace in the majors as spitting sunflower seeds in the dugout. But for the Rockies , who had become achingly familiar with losing one-run games, Sunday's victory over the Florida Marlins provided reason to smile and exhale.

"We definitely need to win some close games to give us confidence so that when we get in those situations, we know we can pull it out," starter Aaron Cook said after pitching six solid innings en route to his second win of the season. "For us to pull it out today was big, and hopefully it will carry over. Instead of looking back saying we've lost a lot of tight games, we can say, 'Hey, we can win these."'

But figuring out the right formula was a long time coming. The Rockies were 0-8 in one-run games entering Sunday, an albatross that was getting heavier by the game.

Todd Helton, having a May to remember, isn't much for numbers crunching. But even Helton understood the importance of not letting another game slip away.

"I wouldn't know about losing eight one-run games," the veteran first baseman said. "I just know that we have lost a lot of close games this year. It was good to finally win one."

Helton went 2-for-4 with a triple and a double, inflating his average to .343. He and Troy Tulowitzki set the victory platform in the first inning. Tulowitzki, who was pulled from the game in the ninth after tweaking his left quadriceps, blasted an opposite- field solo homer off Marlins starter Chris Volstad. Helton nearly followed up with a home run to right, but the ball clanged off the scoreboard before heading back toward the infield. By the time Jeremy Hermida tracked the ball down, Helton had chugged into third base.

"I was just getting going," Helton quipped about his 270-foot adventure around the bases.

It was Helton's first triple since June 5, 2007, when he hit two against the Houston Astros at Coors Field. He scored on Brad Hawpe's sacrifice fly to left, putting the Rockies ahead 2-0. Helton's fifth-inning double drove in Cook. That turned out to be the winning run.

The Rockies snapped a three-game losing streak, taking a little bit of heat off manager Clint Hurdle. They won because their starter delivered and, for a change, the bullpen didn't crumble trying to protect a fragile lead.

Rookie Matt Daley, quickly becoming one of the Rockies' most dependable arms, relieved Cook and threw a perfect seventh, striking out Hermida with a bat-freezing, 3-2 changeup.

"The one thing he's showed us is guts," Hurdle said. "He's not short there."

Lefty Alan Embree retired the Marlins in order in the eighth, although it took Seth Smith's leaping catch against the left-field wall on a drive by Wes Helms to do so.

Huston Street collected his fourth save, but not without a little drama. Ross Gload hit a one-out double down the left-field line, but pinch-runner Cameron Maybin got caught in no-man's land between second and third and was tagged out in a rundown. Street struck out Hermida to clinch the victory.

Chris Iannetta's demonstrative fist pump at game's end was a clear indication that Sunday's win carried a little extra weight.

Patrick Saunders: 303-954-1428 or psaunders@denverpost.com ------------- Helton staying hot

Todd Helton's resurgence continued Sunday in the Rockies' 3-2 victory over the Marlins:

The veteran first baseman tripled off the right-field scoreboard in the first, his first triple since June 5, 2007, when he hit two against Houston at Coors Field.

Over the last seven games, Helton has gone 11-for-27 (.407), including three doubles, a triple and a home run.

He's hitting a team-high .343.

He's seven hits shy of 2,000

for his career.

Patrick Saunders, The Denver Post


Author:Fox Sports
Author's Website:http://www.foxsports.com
Added: May 11, 2009

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