Jorge De La Rosa struck out a career-high 10 and Willy Taveras had three hits and scored twice, leading the Colorado Rockies to a 6-3 victory Thursday night over the Cleveland Indians and a sweep of the three-game series.
De La Rosa (2-3) overcame a shaky start to surrender just three runs in six innings and walked one. Indians starter Jeremy Sowers (0-2) struck out four and didn't walk a batter in six innings of work.
Matt Holliday was 2-for-3 with two RBIs and Jeff Baker homered for the third straight game for Colorado, which has won three straight and 11 of 15.
Casey Blake went 3-for-4 with two doubles and a home run for the Indians, who have lost four of their last five.
Brian Fuentes pitched a scoreless ninth to earn his 13th save.
Baker gave the Rockies the lead for good when he led off the sixth inning with his fourth home run of the season.
Colorado added some insurance runs in the seventh on RBI singles by Garrett Atkins and Brad Hawpe.
The Rockies took a 3-2 lead in the fifth on Holliday's RBI single, but Blake homered to center with two outs in the sixth to tie it up.
Grady Sizemore's hustle and Ben Francisco's bat helped the Indians jump out to a lead. Sizemore led off the game by beating out a grounder to second, and after stealing second, Francisco homered to left center to give Cleveland its first lead in the three-game series.
The Rockies got a run back in the bottom of the first when Holliday singled home Omar Quintanilla from second.
Colorado tied the game in the fourth when Atkins led off with an infield single, Hawpe hit a one-out double and Yorvit Torrealba singled to shortstop to score Atkins. ^Notes:@ Indians DH Travis Hafner has his injured right shoulder re-examined Wednesday and it was determined that surgery was not needed. He will continue strengthening exercises... Rockies first-round pick, LHP Christian Friedrich, was in attendance Thursday night. ... Taveras stole his NL-leading 32nd base in the third inning.
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