Rockies Open Series With Win in Oakland

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

OAKLAND, Calif. - (AP) Garrett Atkins had three hits and two RBIs, Jason Hammel remained unbeaten in June and the Colorado Rockies beat the Oakland Athletics 4-2 on Friday night.

Todd Helton added a two-run single as part of a three-run fifth inning, helping Colorado snap a seven-game losing streak in Oakland.

Hammel (5-3) allowed only four hits, struck out five and walked two to finish 4-0 this month. The right-hander also extended his career-best win streak to five.

Huston Street, pitching against his former team for the first time since being acquired in November as part of a trade that sent slugger Matt Holliday to the A's, worked a perfect ninth for his 17th save in 18 tries.

It was the first game between the teams since 2006.

Kurt Suzuki homered and Holiday doubled twice for Oakland, which lost its third straight.

Colorado snapped a two-game losing streak and improved to 23-11 over its last 34 games. The Rockies need two more victories in June to tie the franchise record of 20 wins in a single month.

Hammel is a big reason for Colorado's surge. The lanky right-hander hasn't lost since May 19 and has been a steadying force for the Rockies since replacing Franklin Morales in the starting rotation after Morales went on the disabled list in April. Colorado has won in each of Hammel's last seven starts.

Before Friday, though, the Rockies hadn't had much luck against the A's in interleague play. They had lost seven straight in Oakland and hadn't won at the Coliseum since June 14, 1997, their longest active losing streak at any road ballpark.

Hammel dominated the A's without much problem, retiring 20 of the first 22 batters he faced. He struck out Jack Cust three times and didn't allow a runner past second until Suzuki's solo home run with two outs in the seventh.

Randy Flores relieved Hammel with one out in the eighth, but had to leave after getting hit in the left shoulder by Cust's single. Joel Peralta then walked Holiday and Giambi to load the bases before Suzuki fouled out to first baseman Helton to escape the jam.

The Rockies scored an unearned run in the first then got some more help from Oakland's defense during a three-run third when starting pitcher Dallas Braden's throw on Dexter Fowler's sacrifice attempt pulled first baseman Daric Barton off the bag. Two batters later, Helton hit a two-run double and Atkins followed with an RBI single to make it 4-0.

Braden (5-7) gave up four runs on five hits in 5 1/3 innings and is winless in his last four starts.


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