Helton-led Rockies hold off Braves, 5-4

DENVER - Todd Helton's first four-hit game in more than a year included the tiebreaking RBI single off Jonny Venters in the eighth inning Monday night that lifted the Colorado Rockies to a 5-4 win over the Atlanta Braves.

Helton singled over second base to score Carlos Gonzalez from second and make a winner of reliever Rafael Betancourt (4-1), who gave up the tying run in the top of the eighth.

Huston Street got the final three outs for his 11th save in 15 chances.

Venters fell to 4-1.

Helton, who has started to break out of a seasonlong slump this month, last had a four-hit game July 16, 2009, against San Diego. He's hitting .308 (16-for-52) since coming off the disabled list on Aug. 3.

Tim Hudson was on the hook for his first loss since July 17 and Jason Hammel was in line for his first win at Coors Field since July 10 until Betancourt blew it in the eighth, when he struck out the side but not before allowing a two-out RBI single to Alex Gonzalez.

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