Brad Hawpe drives in three to lead Rockies over Braves
DENVER (Ticker) -- Timely hitting by
helped put more distance between the
and their recent 10-game losing streak.
Hawpe had two hits and drove in three runs as the Rockies recorded their second straight win, a 7-6 victory over the
Hawpe has hits in 13 of his last 15 games and is batting .385 (20-for-52) during that stretch. With the Rockies trailing 6-5 in the fourth inning, his two-run single against
put the Rockies on top for good.
"I just went in looking for pitches over the plate that I could drive up the middle," Hawpe said. "We hadn't faced him before so we just came in looking for something out over the plate."
, who became the franchise leader in career RBI on Saturday, doubled home a run in a three-run first inning, which included an run-scoring single by Hawpe.
Helton had another RBI double that scored
in the second as the Rockies seized a 4-2 lead.
"We believe we are not far away and it's good to have a game that proves it," Helton said. "We know, regardless of how that game would have ended up, that the talent and the team we have out there is not indicative of our record."
had three hits, including a solo homer against
in the third and a two-run double to left-center in the fourth, which gave the Braves a 6-4 lead.
Despite a grand slam Sunday, Miles entered the contest with two hits in his previous 16 at-bats. However, he had four hits, including three infield singles, and drove in a run in the fourth that cut Atlanta's lead to 6-5.
"I got a little lucky tonight," Miles said. "I hit some holes and they had some tough plays and then I came up with a big hit and got an RBI and kept a rally going. But it's so much funner when we're winning and playing music at the end of those games."
Wright (2-2) allowed six runs and 10 hits in 5 1/3 innings and is 7-2 lifetime against the Braves. Two relievers bridged the gap to Chin-Hui Tsao, who retired the side in order in the ninth for his third save.
"It was awesome," Hawpe said. "Tsao looked great tonight. The rest of the bullpen also. They definitely won the game for us tonight."
"The bullpens were unbelievable tonight," Braves manager
said. "We just got shut down for five innings."
Hudson (3-2) worked 3 2/3 innings - his shortest outing of the season - and gave up seven runs and 10 hits - as the Braves saw a five-game winning streak end.
"It was just me not making real good pitches to be honest," Hudson said. "There's no excuses. I'm not too worried about this outing. Give those guys credit over there. They battled and put me in a position where they could score some runs and they took advantage of it."