8:40 PM ET, August 30, 2013
Coors Field, Denver, Colorado
DENVER -- Nearing the end of what could be his final season, Todd Helton showed he's still far from done.
"Two-homer games, six RBIs, that doesn't happen too often nowadays," said Helton, who has hinted at the possibility of retirement but has yet to formally announce his plans. "I've got to take it all in and enjoy it."
Jorge De La Rosa pitched six effective innings for his 15th win. Helton's 28th career multihomer game and first since 2011 left him one hit shy of 2,500.
"He's a very special player, and it's a blessing to play with guys like that," De La Rosa said.
The first of Helton's two three-run homers came in the fourth off Bronson Arroyo (13-10), who was roughed up for six runs and nine hits over 3 1/3 innings in his shortest outing of the season. He issued a one-out walk in the first, ending a 30-inning string without one, and had his four-game winning streak snapped.
Helton homered again in the seventh off reliever Logan Ondrusek, his 11th of the season.
"The old guy can still do it. This was a special night for Todd and everyone who was here to see it," Rockies manager Walt Weiss said.
"I've seen him do a lot of damage," Reds manager Dusty Baker said. "He may not be as quick, or this or that, back might be bothering him. He's a smart hitter, plus we made some mistakes, especially the last one. It was down the middle of the plate."
Tulowitzki singled and Rosario doubled to put runners at second and third in the eighth when Helton, given a rousing ovation by the crowd, came up for his final at-bat. He worked the count full, fouling off a couple of pitches from newly recalled reliever Zach Duke before finally striking out.
Helton said he appreciated the warm reception and acknowledged he thought about hitting one more out of the park.
"I was thinking three three-run homers in a game would have been really cool," Helton said with a smile. "It didn't work out, but that's all right. We can save it for another day."
De La Rosa (15-6) allowed three runs and eight hits to win his fifth consecutive start. He improved to 9-1 with a 2.73 ERA in 13 home starts this season.
The Rockies were trailing 2-1 when Tulowitzki and Rosario singled to start the fourth. Helton followed by driving Arroyo's offering into the seats in the second deck above the right-field scoreboard.
"Even in his older years, he's still quick enough to get to the ball on the inner half sometimes, and you can see his wheels turning," Arroyo said. "Sometimes he can guess right. And he's been a guy over the years that's definitely been a challenge for me to get out. It was a 1-0 changeup. He could have popped up to short but he squared it up, broke the game open a bit."
Nolan Arenado and Charlie Blackmon followed with singles, and both scored when Charlie Culberson's line-drive double to left sailed over the head of Ryan Ludwick, who appeared to misjudge the flight of the ball.
Arroyo retired De La Rosa on a grounder for the first out of the inning and was relieved by Alfredo Simon.
Ludwick hit a two-out solo homer in the fourth. In the sixth, with the Rockies in front by three, Hanigan was hit by a pitch, and pinch hitter Cesar Izturis doubled to put runners at second and third with one out. But De La Rosa got Shin-Soo Choo on a grounder and struck out Brandon Phillips, the last batter he faced.
Helton hammered a 1-0 offering from Ondrusek in the seventh for his second three-run shot.
The Rockies finished with 19 hits, one shy of their season high. ... Before the game, the Reds recalled Duke from Triple-A Louisville to add a left-hander to their bullpen. RHP Nick Christiani was optioned to Louisville to make room. ... Rockies OF Carlos Gonzalez (sprained finger) is expected to begin a minor league rehab assignment this weekend and could be activated from the 15-day DL next week. ... RHP Juan Nicasio (8-6) is set to pitch the second game of the series against Reds RHP Greg Reynolds (0-2). ... Injured Rockies closer Rafael Betancourt has told club officials that he plans to undergo Tommy John surgery to repair the torn ligament in his pitching elbow. He faces at least a yearlong rehab.
DENVER, CO - AUGUST 30: Jorge De La Rosa #29 of the Colorado Rockies delivers a pitch against the Cincinnati Reds...(Photo by Dustin Bradford/Getty Images)
Regular Season Series
|1st||D LeMahieu doubled to right, C Dickerson scored.||0||1|
|2nd||R Hanigan singled to left, T Frazier scored, Z Cozart to second.||1||1|
|4th||R Hanigan singled to right, T Frazier scored.||2||1|
|4th||T Helton homered to right (398 feet), T Tulowitzki and W Rosario scored.||2||4|
|4th||C Culberson doubled to deep left, N Arenado and C Blackmon scored.||2||6|
|5th||R Ludwick homered to left (419 feet).||3||6|
|7th||T Helton homered to right (377 feet), T Tulowitzki and W Rosario scored.||3||9|
|9th||B Phillips singled to center, C Heisey and S Choo scored.||5||9|
|9th||D Mesoraco hit sacrifice fly to center, B Phillips scored.||6||9|
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|Stadium||Coors Field, Denver, CO|
|Attendance||29,415 (58.4% full) - % is based on regular season capacity|
|Weather||73 degrees, partly cloudy|
|Umpires||Home Plate - Jordan Baker, First Base - Adrian Johnson, Second Base - Brian O'Nora, Third Base - Fieldin Culbreth|
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