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Rockies keep Royals reeling

July 3, 2011

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— Mark Ellis collected three more hits in his second game with the Rockies, who also got a home run from Troy Tulowitzki in a 9-6 victory over Kansas City on Saturday night.

Ellis, Todd Helton and Tulowitzki each drove in two runs for Colorado, which finished with a season-high nine extra-base hits. Helton hit his 543rd double in the eighth, tying him with Hall of Famer Tony Gwynn for 24th on the career list.

The Rockies acquired Ellis, along with cash, from Oakland on Thursday for a minor-league pitcher and a player to be named later. The veteran infielder had three hits and three RBIs in his Colorado debut Friday night, a 9-0 win over the Royals.

Alex Gordon had four hits and two RBIs for Kansas City, which has dropped five straight. Wilson Betemit had a pinch-hit three-run homer in the fourth.

Royals starter Kyle Davies lasted just three innings in his first start since May 16. The right-hander had been sidelined by right rotator cuff inflammation.

Davies hurt himself with a throwing error during Colorado’s six-run second inning. Seth Smith had two hits and Ellis drove in a pair of runs with a double as the Rockies batted around while building a 7-0 lead.

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