Ellis helps Rockies beat Royals 9-6
Saturday, July 2, 2011
DENVER (AP) — Mark Ellis had three doubles in his second game with the Colorado Rockies, who also got a home run from Troy Tulowitzki in a 9-6 victory over the Kansas City Royals on Saturday night.
Ellis, Todd Helton and Tulowitzki each drove in two runs for Colorado, which finished with a season-high nine extra-base hits. Helton hit his 543rd double in the eighth, tying him with Hall of Famer Tony Gwynn for 24th on the career list.
The Rockies acquired Ellis, along with cash, from Oakland on Thursday for a minor league pitcher and a player to be named later. The veteran infielder had three hits and three RBIs in his Colorado debut Friday night, a 9-0 win over the Royals.
Alex Gordon had four hits and two RBIs for Kansas City, which has dropped five straight. Wilson Betemit had a pinch-hit three-run homer in the fourth.
Royals starter Kyle Davies lasted just three innings in his first start since May 16. The right-hander had been sidelined by right rotator cuff inflammation.
Davies (1-7) hurt himself with a throwing error during Colorado's six-run second inning. Seth Smith had two hits and Ellis drove in a pair of runs with a double as the Rockies sent 11 men to the plate while building a 7-0 lead.
Greg Reynolds (3-0) made it through five innings for the Rockies, yielding five runs and eight hits. Reynolds was recalled from Triple-A Colorado Springs to sub for Jhoulys Chacin, whose start was pushed back to Tuesday because of right forearm stiffness.
Gordon hit an RBI single off Rafael Betancourt in the ninth before Huston Street came on and got Jeff Francoeur to pop up for the final out, earning his 24th save.
Colorado had scored 18 runs and rapped out 28 hits in the first two games of the series against Kansas City, improving to 8-6 in interleague play.
Francoeur had an RBI triple for the Royals, who dropped to 4-13 against the National League. Davies dropped to 0-6 with an 8.25 ERA in his last six starts.
NOTES: Helton has 920 extra-base hits, tying him with Hall of Famer Willie McCovey for 55th on the career list. ... Rockies pitcher Esmil Rogers is scheduled to throw one more bullpen session and a simulated game before making a rehab appearance with Triple-A Colorado Springs on Friday. ... The Royals signed Elier Hernandez, a 16-year-old outfielder from the Dominican Republic. The deal includes a $3.05 million signing bonus, a franchise record for an international player other than a Cuban defector. ... Royals pitcher Luke Hochevar, a Denver native, will make his Coors Field debut Sunday. ... To make room for Reynolds, the Rockies optioned pitcher Edgmer Escalona to Colorado Springs, one day after recalling him. ... The Royals optioned OF Jarrod Dyson to Triple-A Omaha.