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DENVER — If the Yankees series was another test, the Rockies passed with a sweep of the team that came to Coors Field the hottest in baseball.
The Rockies won the series finale, 4-3, on Thursday afternoon in front of 48,611 at a sold-out Coors Field to give them their seventh win in the last eight. The Rox are now a season-best four games above .500. The Yanks, winners of 11-of-12 before they arrived in Denver, leave as just another .500 ball club.
Rookie Troy Tulowitzki got the best of veteran Roger Clemens (1-2) with a third inning solo shot. Tulowitzki finished the game 3-for-4, also with a double.
Colorado starter Rodrigo Lopez (4-0) continued a series of impressive outings by the Rockies starting pitchers. Lopez went 5 2/3 innings and held the Yanks to two runs. In three games, the Yankees scored only four runs against the starters, and five runs overall.
New York was the first to strike when Hideki Matsui hit a two-run homer in the second inning. The Rockies tied it with two in the bottom of the inning by Garrett Atkins and Tulowitzki.
Matt Holliday, who had struck out twice to Clemens, knocked the 44-year-old out of the game and gave the Rockies a 3-2 lead with an RBI single in the fifth inning. Holliday then scored on an Atkins sacrifice fly.
Jorge Julio relieved Lopez in the sixth inning to end the inning by striking out Matsui with runners at the corners. The Yankees scored their first run against the Rockies bullpen this series in the eighth inning with a sac fly by Melky Cabrera against Julio.
Manny Corpas pitched a scoreless eighth inning and Brian Fuentes got his 20th save of the season with a scoreless ninth.