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Rockies Short Hops: Game 1

Rockies Short Hops: Game 1

PHILADELPHIA -- Six strong innings from Jeff Francis and a three-run second inning by the offense carried the Rockies to a road victory over the Phillies in Game 1 of the NLDS.

In < 25 words ...
Francis' bad inning wasn't as bad as Cole Hamels' bad inning and that was the subtle difference in Game 1.

Frozen moment
Matt Holliday's one-out solo home run in the eighth inning off Tom Gordon provided the Rockies an insurance run and silenced the sellout crowd at Citizens Bank Park.

Big number
8 -- Number of strikeouts by Francis in six innings.

Game balls

Jeff Francis

Here's how he held down the Phillies' offense: Their third and fourth hitters -- Chase Utley and Ryan Howard -- went 0-for-6 against Francis with five strikeouts.

Yorvit Torrealba

His clutch one-out RBI single from the eighth spot in the batting order allowed the Rockies to have Francis put down a sacrifice bunt and prolong the inning for Troy Tulowitzki's bases-loaded walk. Torrealba also had an infield single in the ninth inning.

Todd Helton

His triple to center field leading off the three-run second inning got it started offensively for the Rockies.

Sense of October
The Rockies played this one like it was any other month in the season, ignoring the rowdy Philly postseason crowd and just going about their business as usual.

Lines of the Game

Garrett Atkins
4 AB, 1 H, 1 RBI, 1 R
Comment: Atkins doubled home Colorado's first run, scored the second run, had one fly ball run down on the warning track by Aaron Rowand and had another potential hit stolen by shortstop Jimmy Rollins.

Jeff Francis
6 IP, 2 R, 4 H, 2 BB, 8 Ks, 2 HR
Comment: Talk about adjustments. He came into the game with a 15.12 ERA against the Phillies in two earlier starts this year and allowed two solo home runs in six innings.

"There's some talent in here people should enjoy watching. I hope they won't be waiting for the playoffs next year to get us on TV." -- Holliday, on the Rockies' relative obscurity heading into October

Next step
The Rockies will put the ball in the hands of 22-year-old Franklin Morales, and having a leg up in the Division Series is a good way to break in a youngster who was in Class A a year ago.

Ken Gurnick is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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