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Helton hits 2 HRs, drives in 6 as Rockies top Reds

Published on NewsOK Modified: August 31, 2013 at 12:18 am •  Published: August 31, 2013

DENVER (AP) — Nearing the end of what could be his final season, Todd Helton showed he's still far from done.

Helton, who turned 40 this month, homered twice and matched a decade-old career high with six RBIs to power the Colorado Rockies past the Cincinnati Reds 9-6 on Friday night.

"Two-homer games, six RBIs, that doesn't happen too often nowadays," said Helton, who has hinted at the possibility of retirement but has yet to formally announce his plans. "I've got to take it all in and enjoy it."

Jorge De La Rosa pitched six effective innings for his 15th win. Helton's 28th career multihomer game and first since 2011 left him one hit shy of 2,500.

"He's a very special player and it's a blessing to play with guys like that," De La Rosa said.

The first of Helton's two three-run homers came in the fourth off Bronson Arroyo (13-10), roughed up for six runs and nine hits over 3 1-3 innings in his shortest outing of the season. He issued a one-out walk in the first, ending a 30-inning string without one, and had his four-game winning streak snapped.

Helton homered again in the seventh off reliever Logan Ondrusek, his 11th of the season.

"The old guy can still do it. This was a special night for Todd and everyone who was here to see it," Rockies manager Walt Weiss said.

Both times, Troy Tulowitzki and Wilin Rosario hit successive singles to set the table for Helton, who also had six RBIs against the Los Angeles Dodgers on May 29, 2003.

"I've seen him do a lot of damage," Reds manager Dusty Baker said. "He may not be as quick, or this or that, back might be bothering him. He's a smart hitter, plus we made some mistakes, especially the last one. It was down the middle of the plate."

Tulowitzki singled and Rosario doubled to put runners at second and third in the eighth when Helton, given a rousing ovation by the crowd, came up for his final at-bat. He worked the count full, fouling off a couple of pitches from newly recalled reliever Zach Duke before finally striking out.

Helton said he appreciated the warm reception and acknowledged he thought about hitting one more out of the park.

"I was thinking three three-run homers in a game would have been really cool," Helton said with a smile. "It didn't work out, but that's all right. We can save it for another day."

De La Rosa (15-6) allowed three runs and eight hits to win his fifth consecutive start. He improved to 9-1 with a 2.73 ERA in 13 home starts this season.

The Rockies were trailing 2-1 when Tulowitzki and Rosario singled to start the fourth. Helton followed by driving Arroyo's offering into the seats in the second deck above the right-field scoreboard.

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