Matsui singles to center field, scoring Taveras with the go-ahead run and Colorado goes on to score two more runs.
Taveras' speed was a difference maker as it enabled him to get into scoring position and gave Arizona pitcher Brandon Webb something else to think about besides Matsui.
"That's one of the reasons Willy's been a good player for us, been a run scorer for us. He stays on a breaking ball and punches it in the outfield, steals a base. He can do those things. You can get a quick run with Willy. You can get a quick run with Kaz, and at the top, they put extra pressure on the defense. So we were hoping to get them in play a little bit and shake things up."
None out, top of the seventh, Yorvit Torrealba on first, pitcher's spot up.
Hurdle keeps the bunt sign on for pitcher Jeff Francis even after Francis falls behind 0-2. Francis takes the next pitch, a wild pitch from reliever Juan Cruz, which enables Torrealba to advance to second.
Francis gets the two-strike bunt down in fair territory to move Torrealba to third, where he is in position to score Colorado's fifth run moments later on Conor Jackson's fielding error.
Both teams have been saying it all week: The team that executes better will have the advantage. Francis came through in the clutch and it led to an insurance run for Colorado.
"This team has done a good job executing the plays, and that's another example."
Lefty the right call
-- Rockies left fielder Matt Holliday
Two outs in the bottom of the seventh with Colorado leading, 5-1, bases loaded, Arizona's Stephen Drew coming to bat.
Hurdle summons left-hander Jeremy Affeldt from the bullpen to face Drew.
Drew flies out on the first pitch from Affeldt to end the threat.
A critical point in the game. The crowd had gotten back into it, and an extra-base hit would have made it a different ballgame.
"We had some situations where we could have done some damage and we didn't. Today, we just didn't get it done and they did. We had a situation where with a base hit we could have knocked a couple in."
-- Arizona manager Bob Melvin