Rockies 5, Rays 3

By: AP
By: AP

A day after the Tampa Bay Rays ended the longest winning streak in the majors, the Colorado Rockies returned the favor.

Troy Tulowitzki hit a three-run homer and Aaron Cook survived a shaky fifth inning that included homers by Evan Longoria and Carl Crawford as the Rockies snapped the Rays' six-game winning streak with a 5-3 win Wednesday night.

The Rockies, who saw their 11-game winning streak come to a halt Tuesday with a 12-4 loss to the Rays, have won 14 of 19 since Jim Tracy took over as manager last month.

Cook (6-3) tied Colorado's franchise record with his 58th career win, a mark set by Jason Jennings. He allowed three runs on eight hits in seven innings.

Manny Corpas pitched a perfect eighth and Huston Street pitched a 1-2-3 ninth for his 14th save in 15 chances.

Left-hander David Price (1-1) surrendered five earned runs on 10 hits in seven innings but couldn't keep the Rays from losing for just the second time in eight interleague games.

The Rockies jumped out to a 4-0 lead thanks to Tulowitzki's ninth homer and Chris Barmes' sacrifice fly that scored Clint Barmes, who had doubled, from third.

Pat Burrell started in right field for the Rays thanks to his 11-for-16 career mark against Cook -- "I'd be an idiot to not have him in the lineup," Tampa Bay manager Joe Maddon declared.

The no-brainer move paid off when Burrell sliced a single to right field in the fourth, scoring Carlos Pena from third base to cut Colorado's lead to 4-1. He finished 1 for 3 against Cook.

After Chris Iannetta led off the bottom of the fourth with his ninth homer to make it 5-1, Carl Crawford (fourth) and Evan Longoria (16th) hit back-to-back shots off Cook with two outs in the fifth to make it 5-3.

Pena then drew a walk and second baseman Barmes' double error -- a bobble and then an overthrow to first on Ben Zobrist's groundball -- put runners at second and third. Burrell sent Cook's offering to the warning track in right field to end the inning.

Longoria also homered Monday night, when the Rays set a franchise record with a dozen extra-base hits, including five home runs.

Game notes
Rockies RHP Taylor Buchholz underwent Tommy John-style ligament-replacement surgery on his right elbow Wednesday and is expected to be sidelined a year. ... Crawford and Longoria also went deep back-to-back on May 7 against the Yankees. ... Rays SS Jason Bartlett extended his hitting streak to a career-best 12 games. ... Price collected his first major league hit with an infield single in the third.


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