Rockies Pull Even in Denver

Sunday, Aug 23, 2009  |  Updated 9:30 AM PDT
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Colorado Rockies' Todd Helton connects for a solo home run as home plate umpire Bill Miller looks on in the sixth inning of a baseball game against the San Francisco Giants in Denver on Saturday, Aug. 22, 2009. Giants catcher Benjie Molina is on the left. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)

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The balls were jumping in Denver Saturday night.

Ian Stewart and Todd Helton homered in Colorado's seven-run sixth inning and the Rockies rallied to beat the San Francisco Giants 14-11 to take a two-game lead in the NL wild-card race.

Some Giants' bats were hot as well. Ryan Garko hit a pair of two-run shots for his first homers since the team acquired him from Cleveland on July 27. Nate Schierholtz and Aaron Rowand also went deep.

Dexter Fowler tripled twice and Jorge De La Rosa pitched six innings for Colorado, which scored a combined 11 runs in the sixth and seven innings to even the important four-game series with San Francisco at a game apiece.

De La Rosa (12-8) allowed six runs and eight hits, struck out five and walked two.

The Giants play two more in Denver before finally heading home from a marathon road trip

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