BALTIMORE (AP) Ryan Spilborghs homered twice and drove in a career-high six runs, Jason Hirsh won for the first time in nine starts and the Colorado Rockies defeated the Baltimore Orioles 6-1 on Sunday afternoon.
Hirsh (3-6), who was 0-5 in eight starts since April 22, limited the Orioles to one run on five hits in his first career complete game. He struck out two and walked one as the Rockies won for the sixth time in eight games.
Spilborghs hit a solo homer off Baltimore starter Erik Bedard in the fourth, then stroked a two-run single the next inning to snap a 1-all tie. He capped his career day with a three-run blast off reliever John Parrish in the seventh.
Since being recalled from Triple-A Colorado Springs on May 19, Spilborghs has 12 RBIs in 17 games.
Colorado's Willy Taveras singled in the second, extending his hitting streak to 15 games, the longest current streak in the National League. The Rockies belted out 14 hits in the game, and every player except Troy Tulowitzki had a hit.
Bedard (4-4) went five innings, allowing three runs two earned on nine hits, walking three and striking out eight.
The Orioles have lost seven of nine after a six-game winning streak.
Colorado stranded five runners in the first two innings and the Orioles took a 1-0 lead in the second. Miguel Tejada singled and scored on Aubrey Huff's RBI double into the left-field corner.
Spilborghs tied it in the fourth, leading off with his first homer of the year.
The Rockies broke the standoff in the fifth. With one out, Matt Holliday singled and moved to third on Todd Helton's single. Helton advanced to second on a passed ball when Bedard struck out Garrett Atkins, and Spilborghs plated both with an opposite-field single to right.
In the seventh, Holliday drew a walk from Scott Williamson and went to third when Helton singled off Parrish, his third hit of the game. After Atkins struck out, Spilborghs crushed a 1-0 pitch into the Baltimore bullpen.< ^Notes:@ Tulowitzki fanned four times and now leads Colorado with 53 strikeouts. ... Bedard had gone at least six innings in eight consecutive starts before Sunday.
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