Helton hit a two-run homer and Garrett Atkins also homered as the Rockies ended a four-game losing streak Monday with an 11-2 victory over the Brewers.
Helton went 3-for-5 with three runs scored and extended his hitting streak to eight games. Helton raised his average above .300 (.304) for the first time since May 22. The All-Star first baseman is 11-for-25 (.440) since coming off his first trip to the disabled list last Wednesday and has raised his average 40 points since July 1.
“I may sleep a little bit better tonight,” said Helton, a career .335 hitter. “It’s different. I’m a .300 hitter, not a .280 hitter. But I expect not to just hit .300. I expect to hit higher than that.”
Colorado’s offense sent Milwaukee to its sixth loss in seven games.
The Rockies managed only four runs against Washington last weekend, setting a record for fewest in a three-game series in Coors Field’s 10-year history.
Colorado had one more than that in the fifth inning alone and ended up with 17 hits. Most of the damage came against Milwaukee starter Ben Sheets, who gave up a career-high 13 hits and matched another career high with 10 runs allowed in six innings.
“It’s never fun, especially when you have Benny on the mound—you’re trying to keep the game close and you feel like he’s going to keep the game close,” Brewers manager Ned Yost said. “It’s just a Coors field game like that, things happen quick. A lot of runs can get on the board in a hurry.”
Brewers pitcher Victor Santos will try his luck at Coors Field on Tuesday. The right-hander has one win over his last 13 starts with a 5.12 ERA over that span. Santos is 3-11 with a 4.18 ERA overall on the season. He’s 2-0 with a 3.75 ERA in two career starts against Rockies.