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Rockies 10, Reds 9

DENVER (AP) Back in the lineup after being benched for two games, Garrett Atkins homered and singled in the winning run in the 10th inning to help the Colorado Rockies rally past the Cincinnati Reds 10-9 on Sunday.

Kaz Matsui, who hit a bases-loaded triple in the eighth to lead Colorado's comeback from a six-run deficit, opened the 10th with a single off Victor Santos (1-1) and went to second on Santos' wild pickoff attempt.

After Matt Holliday struck out, Todd Helton was intentionally walked to bring up Atkins, who hit his fourth homer in the second inning after he was benched for two games for ineffective play.

Manny Corpas (2-2), the seventh Colorado pitcher, worked a scoreless inning for the win. The Rockies won their first home series since April 2-4 against Arizona despite trailing 8-2 following Brandon Phillips' three-run homer in the sixth.

After the Rockies' four-run rally in the eighth put them ahead 9-8, closer Brian Fuentes failed to secure his 13th straight save. Juan Castro led off the ninth with a double and went to third when Fuentes threw away a pickoff attempt. Castro scored on Jeff Conine's one-out single.

Matsui hit a bases-loaded triple off David Weathers in the eighth inning that tied it, then scored on Brad Hawpe's two-out single as the Rockies erased their six-run deficit.

It was Weathers' second blown save in 13 chances.

Reds starter Matt Belisle, staked to an 8-2 lead, left with Cincinnati ahead 8-4 after giving up a two-out single in the seventh. Jon Coutlangus walked three straight batters to make it 8-5 before Gary Majewski got Yorvit Torrealba on a fly ball to end the rally.

But Majewski allowed singles to Jamey Carroll, Jeff Baker and Willy Taveras with none out in the eighth, bringing on Weathers.

Holliday struck out looking on what looked like a high, inside fastball, before Helton was walked intentionally and Atkins flied out.

Hawpe singled up the middle to drive in Matsui.

Belisle scattered 10 hits over 6 2-3 solid innings. He also singled and stole a base in the first, then added sacrifice bunts in the third and seventh. The last Reds pitcher to steal a base was Danny Graves on July 9, 2003, at Houston.

Cincinnati broke a 2-all tie in the fifth when Castro's line drive ricocheted off the glove of sliding left fielder Holliday, allowing two runs to score. Castro was credited with a sacrifice fly and Holliday was charged with an error.

That was it for right-hander Rodrigo Lopez, who gave up four runs, three earned, and eight hits in 4 1-3 innings.

Jorge Julio got the last two outs of the inning but Ramon Ramirez didn't fair as well in the sixth, when he allowed an RBI double to Edwin Encarnacion before serving up a 2-1 fastball that Phillips deposited into the pine trees over the center-field wall for his 10th homer, a 422-foot shot.

Phillips was subbing for Alex Gonzalez, who strained his right hamstring and left in the fifth. He's day-to-day.

Cincinnati outfielder Adam Dunn was scratched about an hour before the game because he wasn't feeling well. His replacement, center fielder Dewayne Wise, staked the Reds to a 2-0 lead in the second when he tripled into the right-field corner, driving in Gonzalez, and scored on Chad Moeller's suicide squeeze.

Belisle followed with a sharp single and stole second when Lopez failed to look him back to the bag.< ^Notes:@ Dunn pinch-hit in the 10th. ... Rockies SS Troy Tulowitzki sat out with a strained right groin, which he hurt while running out a groundball Saturday night. ... Taveras's two bunt singles increased his total to a major league-best 17.

(Copyright 2007 The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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