Rockies 8, Blue Jays 3


DENVER (AP) – Clint Barmes drove in four runs and Jamey Carroll ended the majors’ second-longest active homerless streak, lifting the Colorado Rockies to an 8-3 victory over the Toronto Blue Jays Friday night.

Carroll, in his first year with Colorado after being dealt from Washington in the offseason, had gone 663 at-bats – second to Jason Kendall’s 918 – without a homer before he curled a solo shot off Francisco Rosario just inside the foul pole in left in the sixth inning. It was his first homer since Aug. 1, 2003, against Milwaukee’s Wayne Franklin, and the third of his career.

Todd Helton and Garrett Atkins also homered, Barmes had a pair of two-run doubles to end a 5-for-57 slump, and the Rockies had 12 hits to win for the third time in nine games.

Rockies starter Aaron Cook (5-3) had good bite on his sinker, getting 12 outs on groundballs in 5 1-3 innings to win his fourth straight decision. The right-hander gave up seven hits and two runs, the ninth time in as many starts this season he’s allowed four runs or less.

Toronto had won nine of its previous 14 games, in large part because of pitching. The Blue Jays didn’t get it this time.

Starter Josh Towers (1-8) became the majors’ first eight-game loser by following up his best outing of the season – two runs and five hits in eight innings Sunday against Tampa Bay – with one of his worst, giving up five runs and eight hits in five innings.

The right-hander left a fastball up in the first inning that Atkins hit out to left for a solo homer, then gave up a two-run double in the fourth to Barmes.

Toronto scored twice in the fourth inning, but Helton hit his third homer – first since coming off the DL on May 5 – off Towers in the bottom half, a two-run shot into Colorado’s bullpen in right-center that put the Rockies up 5-2.

Towers was lifted for a pinch hitter the next inning after giving up four or more runs for the seventh time in nine starts.

At least he did something with his bat, leading off the fifth inning with a single to right for his first hit in 12 career at-bats and the first hit by a Blue Jays’ pitcher since Mark Hendrickson homered against Montreal on June 21, 2003.

Reed Johnson followed with a broken-bat single to left, Vernon Wells knocked in Toronto’s first run with a sacrifice fly to center, and Troy Glaus cut Colorado’s lead to 3-2 with a run-scoring double down the line in right.

Barmes’ second double came in the seventh inning off Shaun Marcum, a blooper to center that fell between three fielders.

Notes:: Glaus hit a foul ball into the upper deck in the second inning that hit a fan in the back and caused him to drop his food to the lower level, leading to laughter from the crowd. … Toronto’s Lyle Overbay extended his hitting streak to seven games with a single in the second inning.

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