x Abu Dhabi, UAEWednesday 26 July 2017

Rockies hit back

The Colorado Rockies returned to winning ways on Wednesday with a 5-3 victory over the visiting Tampa Bay Rays.

Colorado's Troy Tulowitzki hits his three-run homer in the second inning of the game against the Tampa Bay Rays that helped  his side to a 5-3 victory and returned them to winning ways.
Colorado's Troy Tulowitzki hits his three-run homer in the second inning of the game against the Tampa Bay Rays that helped his side to a 5-3 victory and returned them to winning ways.

The Colorado Rockies returned to winning ways on Wednesday with a 5-3 victory over the visiting Tampa Bay Rays. Tampa Bay (35-32) had denied the Rockies a franchise record-tying 12th consecutive win a day earlier, and Colorado (32-33) returned the favour by halting the Rays' winning streak at six.

"To win 11 and then lose how we did yesterday, it was a statement game to come back and say, 'hey, we're still a good team'," Colorado's Troy Tulowitzki said. Tulowitzki delivered a three-run homer in the second inning while starting pitcher Aaron Cook recorded his 58th win for Colorado, and career, and tied a franchise record. "It's something pretty special, but I don't want it to end there," Cook said of tying Jason Jennings, who won 58 games for the Rockies from 2001-2006.

Cook allowed three runs in seven innings with two of Tampa's runs coming from Carl Crawford and Evan Longoria hitting home runs. Colorado reliever Manny Corpas tossed a perfect eighth inning and Huston Street handled the ninth for his 14th save of the season. Meanwhile, in other action, David Murphy singled home the winning run in the 10th inning as the Texas Rangers beat Houston 5-4 on a night when Astros catcher Ivan Rodriguez set the major league record for the most games caught with his 2,227th game.

With the interleague win, Texas retained their two-game lead in the American League West over the Los Angeles Angels, who scored three runs in the top of the eighth to come from behind to beat the San Francisco Giants 4-3 for their sixth straight win. Dustin Pedroia had three hits and three RBIs as the Boston Red Sox claimed a 6-1 victory over the Florida Marlins, which helped them open up a three-game lead in the AL East over the New York Yankees, who were surprisingly beaten 3-2 by the Washington Nationals, who won for only the 17th time in 63 games this season.

JJ Hardy drove in the go-ahead run with a sacrifice fly in the 11th inning as the Milwaukee Brewers beat the Cleveland Indians 9-8 to complete a three-game sweep and maintain their one-game lead in the National League Central over the St Louis Cardinals, who had a 4-3 victory over the Detroit Tigers. Despite suffering their fourth loss in a row, the Tigers remained top of the AL Central, two games ahead of the Minnesota Twins, who lost emphatically 8-2 to the Pittsburgh Pirates.

* Reuters