- The Washington Times - Wednesday, April 22, 2009

PHOENIX (AP) - Todd Helton broke out of a slump with three hits, including his first homer, and drove in three runs as the Colorado Rockies rallied for a 9-6 victory over the Arizona Diamondbacks on Tuesday night.

Helton entered the night hitting .231, 97 points below his career average. He singled twice and added a two-run shot off Jon Rauch in the eighth.

Garrett Atkins also had three hits for the Rockies, who snapped a four-game losing streak.

Matt Belisle (1-0) retired all five batters he faced, and Manny Corpas pitched the ninth for his first save in two chances.

Chris Young, Eric Byrnes and Mark Reynolds each homered for the Diamondbacks, who have followed all five of their victories with a loss.

Down 6-3 in the sixth, the Rockies rallied against the Arizona bullpen. The first run scored on a double-play groundout by Ryan Spilborghs and another came in on an RBI single by Helton before Brad Hawpe lined a two-run, two-out single to center off Juan Gutierrez (0-1).

Arizona starter Yusmeiro Petit, filling in for injured ace Brandon Webb, spotted the Rockies a 2-0 lead in the second on singles by Yorvit Torrealba and starting pitcher Franklin Morales.

After Morales gave up solo homers to Young and Byrnes on consecutive pitches in the second, Colorado took a 3-2 lead on Ian Stewart’s RBI single in the third.

Morales went to the mound to warm up in the bottom of the third inning. But manager Clint Hurdle and a trainer came out for a conference, and Morales soon walked to the dugout. He was diagnosed with a strained pitching shoulder.

Morales allowed two runs on three hits in two innings, striking out three. He was recalled from Triple-A Colorado Springs earlier in the day.

Glendon Rusch relieved Morales and allowed consecutive hits to Felipe Lopez, Augie Ojeda and Conor Jackson to open the third as the Diamondbacks took a 4-3 lead.

After Jackson led off the fifth with a single, Reynolds hit a two-run shot off Rusch, his fourth, to put the Diamondbacks up 6-3.

Petit gave up two earned runs in five innings, walking one and striking out four.

Notes: Arizona RHP Webb, on the 15-day DL with a tight pitching shoulder, reported no pain in a 33-pitch bullpen session on Tuesday. Webb will throw again in the bullpen on Friday, and then the club will decide if he needs a rehab start before returning to the rotation. … Arizona SS Stephen Drew missed his fourth straight game with a tight left hamstring.

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