MLB

more stats

Helton homers in Coors Field finale, but Red Sox roll

Denver, CO (Sports Network) - Will Middlebrooks went 2-for-5 with a grand slam and a three-run homer to help the Boston Red Sox spoil Todd Helton's final game at Coors Field with a 15-5 win over the Colorado Rockies on Wednesday.

Jarrod Saltalamacchia had four hits and three RBI and Shane Victorino added three hits and a three-run homer for the Red Sox, who hold a two-game lead over the Oakland Athletics for the top seed in the AL playoffs.

Jake Peavy (12-5) allowed five runs on eight hits and four walks over six innings to pick up the win.

Helton, who was presented with a horse prior to the game, went 2-for-3 with a double, homer and three RBI in his final home appearance.

"Certain players have a flair for the dramatic, and seemingly that was one tonight," Red Sox manager John Farrell said.

The first baseman holds team records in nearly every offensive category, including batting average, hits, home runs and RBI. Helton announced that he will retire at season's end after 17 years of service, all with the Rockies.

"I hoped I would go out and play well," said Helton. "But there was so much going on before the game. My expectations weren't that high. To be able to go out and play and be productive, that means a lot to me."

Jhoulys Chacin (14-10) gave up seven runs on nine hits over four innings to absorb the loss.

Boston jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the first inning. With runners on the corners and one out, David Ortiz crushed a double to right field to score Jacoby Ellsbury and Dustin Pedroia. After Daniel Nava lined out, Saltalamacchia singled to center to bring Ortiz around.

Helton came to the plate for the first time in second inning and was greeted with a standing ovation. After watching a pair of fastballs, Helton clobbered a cutter into the right-field seats.

Yorvit Torrealba added an RBI double later in the inning to make it 3-2.

Saltalamacchia doubled home Nava in the third, but the Rockies answered with a pair of runs to tie things up at 4-4.

With the bases loaded and one out, Helton lifted a sacrifice fly to left field. Nolan Arenado followed with a ground-rule double to plate Josh Rutledge.

Boston, however, plated three runs in both the fourth and fifth innings to break the game open.

In the fourth, Victorino smashed a three-run homer to left, and Middlebrooks added a three-run shot in the fifth for a 10-4 edge.

Helton's final hit at Coors Field came in the fifth inning. Michael Cuddyer walked then scored on Helton's double to left field.

Saltalamacchia added an RBI single in the eighth and Middlebrooks clobbered his grand slam later in the frame to account for the final difference.

Game Notes

Boston was 7-for-12 with runners in scoring position ... The first 35,000 fans in attendance received a Todd Helton bobble head doll ... Helton has 15 homers for the 12th time in his career. It is his highest total since the 2009 season ... Ortiz reached the 100 RBI plateau for the seventh time and first since 2010.

09/26 02:42:51 ET

  • PGA: The Barclays

    Today at 12:30 pm on WRAL-TV

  • NFL: New Orleans at Indianapolis

    Tonight at 8:00 on WRAL-TV

  • NFL: San Diego at San Francisco

    Tomorrow at 4:00 pm on FOX50

  • HighSchoolOT.com Wrap-up Show

    Today at 9:00 am on 99.9 The Fan

  • MLB: San Francisco at Washington

    Today at 4:00 pm on 99.9 The Fan

  • MLB: LA Dodgers at Oakland

    Tomorrow at 8:00 pm on 99.9 The Fan

Scoreboard
Local
Final
DUR 5
GWI 2
 
Final
NEP 30
CAR 7
 
7:05pm Tonight
DUR
GWI
 
Final
CHC 4
BAL 1
Final
NYY 4
CWS 3
Final
CLE 1
HOU 5
Final
WAS 3
SFG 10
Final
PHI 5
STL 4
Final
TOR 0
TAM 8
Final
CIN 1
ATL 3
Final
BOS 3
SEA 5
Final
TEX 3
KAN 6
Final
MIN 20
DET 6
Final
MIL 3
PIT 8
Final
COL 5
MIA 13
Final
ARI 5
SDP 1
Final
OAK 5
ANA 3
Final
LOS 6
NYM 2
1:05pm Today
NYY
CWS
 
1:07pm Today
TOR
TAM
 
1:10pm Today
MIN
DET
 
1:35pm Today
BOS
SEA
 
2:20pm Today
CHC
BAL
 
4:05pm Today
WAS
SFG
 
7:05pm Tonight
CLE
HOU
 
7:05pm Tonight
PHI
STL
 
7:10pm Tonight
CIN
ATL
 
7:10pm Tonight
MIL
PIT
 
8:10pm Tonight
MIN
DET
 
8:10pm Tonight
COL
MIA
 
8:10pm Tonight
ARI
SDP
 
8:25pm Tonight
TEX
KAN
 
9:05pm Tonight
OAK
ANA
 
9:10pm Tonight
LOS
NYM
 
Final
NEP 30
CAR 7
 
Final
DET 13
JAC 12
 
Final
NYJ 24
NYG 35
 
Final
GBP 31
OAK 21
 
Final
SEA 34
CHI 6
 
4:30pm Today
BUF
TAM
7:00pm Tonight
MIA
DAL
7:00pm Tonight
ATL
TEN
7:30pm Tonight
BAL
WAS
8:00pm Tonight
KAN
MIN
8:00pm Tonight
IND
NOS
8:00pm Tonight
CLE
STL
9:00pm Tonight
DEN
HOU
Final
DUR 5
GWI 2
 
7:05pm Tonight
DUR
GWI