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Helton, Tulo lead Rockies to first road series win since April

June 8, 2011 | 8:12 pm | 13

By Steve Foster

Aided by big days from Todd Helton and Troy Tulowitzki, the Colorado Rockies finished their West Coast swing with a 5-3 win against the San Diego Padres on Wednesday.

The Rockies took two of three from the Padres, their first series win since sweep a two-game series at home against the San Francisco Giants on May 16-17, their first road series win since taking a two-game series from the Cubs in Chicago on April 25-26 and their first three-game series win since taking two of three from the Cubs at home April 15-17. On the nine-game road trip to Los Angeles, San Francisco and San Diego, the Rockies scored just 18 runs but managed to go 4-5.

Rockies hitters reached double figures in hits for the first time since producing 14 hits but just one run in the first game of the road trip. A combined seven hits for Helton and Tulowitzki accounted for the bulk of the offense.

Helton produced the Rockies' first run with a solo home run in the third inning that tied the game at 1-1. The Rockies added another run in the inning with consecutive singles by Tulowitzki, Seth Smith and Ty Wigginton.