Todd Helton enjoys his birthday every year. Soon he might be able to celebrate an event 59 years in the making.
Helton homered, drove in three runs and raised his batting average to .398 during a 2-for-4 day as the Colorado Rockies routed the Florida Marlins 13-4 Sunday.
The first baseman, who turned 27 on Sunday, is 6-for-14 on his four birthdays in the major leagues. Helton is trying to become the first player to finish the season with a .400 average since Ted Williams batted .406 in 1941.
"Getting a home run is tough enough, but on your birthday?" Helton said. "You can't expect to hit home runs on every at-bat and you have to get lucky to get them."
Helton isn't ready to get caught up in the chase for .400 just yet. He's leaving that up to the fans, including the crowd of 38,498 at Coors Field who sang "Happy Birthday" to him before the eighth inning.
"I've never had that many people sing to me," Helton said. "They are all thinking about .400. That's something I won't think about until the season is over."
Helton, 25-for-42 with four homers and 17 RBIs during a 12-game hitting streak, hit his 48th double of the season to tie the club record.
Pirates 7, Reds 3
Brian Giles drove in four runs with a pair of doubles and a homer as Pittsburgh won at Cincinnati, earning a rare Sunday victory.
Phillies 6, Cardinals 0
Kent Bottenfield threw a five-hitter for his first career shutout as visiting Philadelphia beat St. Louis.
Brewers 6, Astros 5
Henry Blanco doubled in the go-ahead run in the ninth inning as visiting Milwaukee snapped Houston's six-game winning streak.
Braves 8, Giants 5
Chipper Jones hit two home runs and went 4-for-4 and Tom Glavine won his 16th game as Atlanta snapped San Francisco's six-game winning streak.
Mets 9, Dodgers 6
Edgardo Alfonzo, Lenny Harris and Bubba Trammell homered and New York turned two Los Angeles errors into three eighth-inning runs.
Diamondbacks 5, Cubs 4
Arizona overcame Sammy Sosa's 42nd home run and fourth in three games and rallied at home to win their seventh straight and move within a half-game of San Francisco in the NL West.
Padres 5, Expos 4
Jay Witasick hit two run-scoring singles -- his first two big league hits and RBIs -- to help himself to his first victory with San Diego.
Indians 12, Mariners 4
Cleveland's Kenny Lofton hit two homers and drove in a career-high six runs as the Indians beat Seattle to stay within one game of the wild-card lead and hand the Mariners their eighth straight loss.
Athletics 5, Tigers 4,
Oakland snapped a seven-game road losing streak to move within two games of Seattle in the AL West.
Rangers 6, Red Sox 2
Doug Davis (5-4) pitched a nine-hitter for his first career complete game and Frank Catalanotto drove in three runs for Texas.
Angels 5, Yankees 4
Kevin Stocker blooped a tiebreaking single and Anaheim, shut out on two hits for six innings by David Cone, broke loose against New York's bullpen.
Devil Rays 12,
White Sox 11
Jason Tyner's RBI double in the ninth capped Tampa Bay's rally from a four-run deficit.
Orioles 2, Royals 1
Sidney Ponson (7-8) allowed one run in eight innings and Jeff Conine doubled in the tiebreaking run in the eighth as Baltimore snapped Kansas City's four-game winning streak.
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