Rockies-Diamondbacks: Rox Bounce Back Against D-Backs

Bob LockeContributor IApril 22, 2009

LOS ANGELES, CA - JUNE 03:   Todd Helton #17 of the Colorado Rockies hits a RBI single in the third inning against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Dodger Stadium on June 3, 2008 in Los Angeles, California.  (Photo by Lisa Blumenfeld/Getty Images)

Did that swing look familiar?

Todd Helton, as part of a three-hit evening, rocked his first home run of the season off Arizona's Jon Rauch in the eighth inning on Tuesday. Helton finished the evening with three runs and three RBI, raising his season average to .273 in the process.

Helton's hit-fest was part of a Rockies attack that totalled 15 hits and nine runs off of Diamondbacks' pitching.

Garrett Atkins also had three hits, two doubles among them.

Rockies' pitchers helped their own cause yet again with a 2-for-2 night, tallying a double and RBI.

Colorado's Franklin Morales, recalled from AAA prior to the game, got the start for the Rockies but only lasted two innings, surrendering two earned runs on back-to-back homers by Chris Young and Eric Byrnes in the home half of the second. He left with a strained shoulder after completing his warm-up tosses before the start of the bottom of the third inning.

Glendon Rusch was summoned to the mound by manager Clint Hurdle and was greeted rudely with three consecutive hits and an error by Dexter Fowler in center, plating two runs for Arizona and putting the Diamondbacks up by a 4-3 margin at the end of the third inning.

After an uneventful fourth inning, Rusch left a change-up over the middle of the plate to Mark Reynolds who launched it deep into the stands in left-center. Conor Jackson scored ahead of Reynolds, having just singled.

Those would be the last runs scored by Arizona on the evening though, as Matt Belisle, Huston Street, Alan Embree, and Jason Grilli combined for three-and-two-thirds innings of no-hit baseball to get the lead to recently named closer Manuel Corpas. 

Yusmeiro Petit went five solid innings for the Diamondbacks in place of Brandon Webb who is still on the DL. He allowed three runs (two earned) on eight hits while striking out four against only one walk.

Arizona's bullpen was tagged for six earned runs in four innings, with Scott Schoenweis the only reliever not to allow at least one run.

The win brings the Rockies' record to 5-8 to open the 2009 season, with one more game in Arizona this afternoon before heading home for series with the Dodgers and Padres. Scheduled starters are Dan Haren for the Diamondbacks and Jorge De la Rosa for Colorado.