In dog days, Helton heating up for Rox

In dog days, Helton heating up for Rox

DENVER -- Todd Helton has been a key part of the Rockies' last two postseason runs. They know they'll need him to keep up his current pace if they want to see another this year.

The first baseman, as he's been accustomed to doing in August, has started to heat up for the Rockies after returning from the disabled list on Aug. 3. On Saturday, he hit a solo homer to mark the first time he's gone yard in back-to-back games since Aug. 30-Sept. 1 last year.

"I feel healthy and I feel like I'm contributing a little bit," Helton said. "I've got to drive in some runs. Those guys are going to be on base in front of me. I've got to be ready to hit."

Entering Sunday, Helton was hitting .313 with hits in 13 of his 19 games since coming off the DL with a sore lower back. His career hits (443), doubles (107), RBIs (231), batting average (.364) and slugging percentage (.619) in August are his best numbers of any month.

"He looks an awful lot like the Todd Helton we had last year, offensively," Rockies manager Jim Tracy said.