Rockies 10, Blue Jays 3
Jeff Francis finally got a win at Coors Field.
Francis pitched seven innings to earn his first home win in two
years and the Colorado Rockies beat the Toronto Blue Jays 10-3
Sunday to complete a three-game series sweep.
“It’s been a long time,” Francis said, “but wins are wins,
regardless of where they are. I think it was a good day for
everybody. The bats broke out nicely.”
Ryan Spilborghs homered twice and Carlos Gonzalez also connected
for the Rockies, who picked up their second series sweep of the
season. Gonzalez drove in three runs and Clint Barmes and Chris
Iannetta had two RBIs apiece.
The Rockies had scored four or fewer runs in 10 of their
previous 13 games before busting out for their highest total since
they scored 11 runs May 29 against the Dodgers.
Francis (2-2) allowed two earned runs and five hits for his
first win at Coors Field since June 18, 2008. The left-hander
missed last season after undergoing shoulder surgery and didn’t
make his 2010 debut until May 6.
Jesse Litsch (0-1) lasted 2 1-3 innings in his first start for
Toronto since undergoing Tommy John surgery last June. The
right-hander gave up seven runs and nine hits.
“He threw a couple of strikes and couldn’t put anybody away,”
Blue Jays manager Cito Gaston said. “What I saw today wasn’t what
I saw in 2008 before he left. I don’t know what to think right now.
I hope he is back.”
Spilborghs also tripled, tying a career high with 11 total
bases. Todd Helton, trying to shake a season-long slump, matched
his season high with three hits and scored twice. He is 7 for 16 in
four games since moving into the second spot in Colorado’s
The Rockies finished a 4-3 homestand against Houston and Toronto
and have not had a losing homestand since Jim Tracy took over as
manager on May 29, 2009.
“We squared balls up,” Tracy said. “We took some good
Colorado scored three runs in the third to take a 7-3 lead.
Spilborghs led off with his fifth homer, Barmes hit his second
run-scoring double of the game and Francis added a sacrifice
The Rockies’ outburst came after they helped Toronto score three
runs in the top half.
Jose Bautista led off with a single, breaking a string of 23
hitless at-bats, and second baseman Jonathan Herrera made a wide
throw trying to complete a double play on Aaron Hill’s bouncer.
Left fielder Spilborghs let Adam Lind’s single get past him,
putting runners on second and third.
Vernon Wells drove in a run with a groundout and Alex Gonzalez
had an RBI double. Herrera’s error on Lyle Overbay’s grounder
allowed Gonzalez to score.
Francis retired the final 12 batters he faced after a leadoff
walk in the fourth.
“The first four innings I was battling a lot of command
issues,” he said. “My last three innings were pretty smooth and
(I) really was putting the ball where I wanted to.”
The Rockies batted around in the first and jumped out to a 4-0
lead. Gonzalez had an RBI single, Iannetta singled in a pair with
two out, and Barmes followed with a run-scoring double.
Gonzalez and Spilborghs went deep in the sixth. Gonzalez hit a
two-run drive for his 10th homer. With two out, Spilborghs hit his
sixth for the fifth multihomer game of his career.
NOTES: Rockies SS Troy Tulowitzki, who strained his right groin
Friday, rested for the second straight game. The Rockies are off
Monday and Tulowitzki is expected to be in the lineup Tuesday at
Minnesota. … The four-run first was the Rockies’ biggest inning
since May 27 when they scored four in the seventh against Arizona.
… The Blue Jays entered the series with a major-league leading 98
homers but hit just one in the three games.