Rockies 9, Royals 6

Mark Ellis is off to quite the start with the Colorado


Ellis had three doubles in his second game with Colorado, which

also got a home run from Troy Tulowitzki in a 9-6 victory over the

Kansas City Royals on Saturday night.

”I personally feel he’s going to be a lift, and he doesn’t have

to do it with two and three hits every game,” manager Jim Tracy

said. ”His presence and the professionalism he brings to our

clubhouse each and every day – that’s a lift.”

Ellis, Todd Helton and Tulowitzki each drove in two runs for

Colorado, which finished with a season-high nine extra-base hits.

Helton hit his 543rd double in the eighth, tying him with Hall of

Famer Tony Gwynn for 24th on the career list.

The Rockies acquired Ellis, along with cash, from Oakland on

Thursday for a minor league pitcher and a player to be named later.

The veteran infielder had three hits and three RBIs in his Colorado

debut Friday night, a 9-0 win over the Royals.

”I asked him last night what the encore was going to be,” said

Chris Iannetta, who also had three hits for Colorado.

Helton, who is batting third behind Ellis, said of his new

teammate: ”He takes a good at-bat. He looks good in the two-hole.

He’s driving the ball, but he’s a tough out, too.”

Alex Gordon had four hits and two RBIs for Kansas City, which

has dropped five straight. Wilson Betemit had a pinch-hit three-run

homer in the fourth.

Royals starter Kyle Davies lasted just three innings in his

first start since May 16. The right-hander had been sidelined by

right rotator cuff inflammation.

”I didn’t get the ball down very well tonight,” Davies said.

”A lot of line drives, they put the ball in play. I never got the

ball down to knee high and they made be pay for it. (My) velocity

was fine, and the arm felt fine, I just needed to get the ball

lower in the strike zone.”

Greg Reynolds (3-0) made it through five innings for the

Rockies, yielding five runs and eight hits. Reynolds was recalled

from Triple-A Colorado Springs to sub for Jhoulys Chacin, whose

start was pushed back to Tuesday because of right forearm


Colorado sent Reynolds back to its top farm club after the


”Hopefully, I’ll be back up here longer next time, but I’m just

going to keep working and take care of my business,” Reynolds


Davies (1-7) hurt himself with a throwing error during

Colorado’s six-run second inning. Seth Smith had two hits and Ellis

drove in a pair of runs with a double as the Rockies sent 11 men to

the plate while building a 7-0 lead.

Gordon hit an RBI single off Rafael Betancourt in the ninth

before Huston Street came on and got Jeff Francoeur to pop up for

the final out, earning his 24th save.

Colorado scored 18 runs and rapped out 28 hits in the first two

games of the series against Kansas City, improving to 8-6 in

interleague play.

Francoeur had an RBI triple for the Royals, who dropped to 4-13

against the National League. Davies is 0-6 with an 8.25 ERA in his

last six starts.

NOTES: Helton has 920 extra-base hits, tying him with Hall of

Famer Willie McCovey for 55th on the career list. … Rockies

pitcher Esmil Rogers is scheduled to throw one more bullpen session

and a simulated game before making a rehab appearance with Triple-A

Colorado Springs on Friday. … The Royals signed Elier Hernandez,

a 16-year-old outfielder from the Dominican Republic. The deal

includes a $3.05 million signing bonus, a franchise record for an

international player other than a Cuban defector. … Royals

pitcher Luke Hochevar, a Denver native, will make his Coors Field

debut Sunday. … To make room for Reynolds, the Rockies optioned

pitcher Edgmer Escalona to Colorado Springs, one day after

recalling him. … The Royals optioned OF Jarrod Dyson to Triple-A