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Rockies 11, Diamondbacks 1

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

The Colorado Rockies stayed in the hunt for a postseason spot after the Arizona Diamondbacks wrapped up the NL West title before they even took the field.

Troy Tulowitzki hit his first career grand slam and Colorado routed Arizona 11-1 Saturday night to move within one game of wild card-leading San Diego.

The Padres lost 4-3 at Milwaukee earlier in the day, giving Arizona its fourth division title and first since 2002. The Diamondbacks also clinched home-field advantage throughout the NL playoffs.

The Rockies still need help to earn their first playoff spot since 1995. They have to beat Arizona on Sunday and hope the Padres falter against the Brewers, and that just gets them a tiebreaker game.

Tulowitzki's grand slam in the fifth was his 24th homer of the season. It was the Rockies' eighth grand slam of the season, adding to their club record.

Matt Holliday was serenaded by chants of "M-V-P" from the fans every time he stepped to the plate. He finished 2-for-4 to raise his average to .340, which leads the NL. Holliday also increased his NL RBI lead to 135 with a two-run double in the first. It was his 50th double of the season.

Garrett Atkins had three hits and drove in two runs. He is 9-for-12 in his last three games.

Mark Redman (2-4) went five innings for Colorado, giving up seven hits and one unearned run. He's now 2-0 with a 3.20 ERA in five appearances since being called up by the Rockies on Sept. 7 from Triple-A Colorado Springs.

Redman worked his way out of jams in the second and third by enticing Arizona to hit into inning-ending double plays.

Chris Young had an RBI single in the third and Conor Jackson finished 2-for-3 with a double for Arizona. The Diamondbacks slowly began pulling their regulars as the game progressed.

Edgar Gonzalez (8-4) lasted just three innings, surrendering five runs and six hits. He also walked a season-high four batters.

Before the game, the Rockies were parked in front of the big-screen television inside their clubhouse, rooting on the Brewers in their 11-inning win over the Padres that kept Colorado's postseason hopes afloat.

Tony Gwynn Jr.'s tying, two-out triple off Trevor Hoffman in the ninth brought a thundering roar from the Rockies' players. Holliday, sitting on the edge of a couch, pumped his fist in celebration.

Later, when highlights of the Brewers' win were shown on the scoreboard, the festive crowd erupted.

However, that paled in comparison to the ovation Tulowitzki received for his grand slam. He popped his head out of the dugout and sheepishly tipped his cap to acknowledge the fans' boisterous applause.

Tulowitzki is in a tight race with Milwaukee's Ryan Braun for the NL rookie of the year award. Some of the Rockies' personnel were sporting buttons before the game that said, "Troy for R.O.Y," in an effort to promote his chances.

Notes

Arizona SS Stephen Drew was a late scratch. Augie Ojeda switched over to shortstop and Emilio Bonifacio played second. ... Colorado's 19 wins this month is the most ever in team history for September. ... Colorado batted around in both the first and fifth innings. ... Diamondbacks RHP Micah Owings was called on to pinch-hit in the seventh. He struck out swinging.


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