DENVER -- The Rockies are hoping their eighth-inning fireworks in Friday's 17-2 win against the Cubs will go a long way in boosting their momentum during this critical stretch. It already has gone a long way in writing the club into the record books.
A day later, the team had a chance to catch its breath and recognize the myriad records broken in the game.
They set seven franchise records with:
11 consecutive hits, inning;
12 extra-base hits, game;
8 extra-base hits, inning;
12 runs, inning;
13 hits, inning;
18 plate appearances, inning;
7 players with multi-RBI game
The 11 consecutive hits in an inning and the eight extra-base hits in the eighth were Major League records. The Rockies fell one hit short of the big league record of 12 straight, shared by the 1920 Cardinals and 1930 Brooklyn Dodgers.
"I told [Melvin Mora], after the eighth inning was over, you played a [heck] of a game tonight," Rockies manager Jim Tracy said. "You don't get to do that often when a guy goes up there, gets two at-bats and blisters two balls."
Mora, who came in as a pinch-hitter that inning, was just one of the aggressors. Third baseman Ian Stewart and center fielder Dexter Fowler each hit two-run homers in the inning, and three players scored twice.
Additionally, the Rockies cycled through their batting order three times in the game -- once in the third and twice in the eighth. The last team to bat around twice in the same inning was the Red Sox on June 26, 2003, when Boston scored 14 runs in the first inning against the Marlins.
"It was fun to watch and fun to be a part of," said second baseman Clint Barmes, who recorded two hits and two runs in the eighth inning. "The way we've swung the bats in the second half, I'd like to think guys are getting some confidence at the plate."
Helton 2-for-4, plays field in rehab game
DENVER -- Rockies first baseman Todd Helton went 2-for-4 in his second game with Rookie-level Casper on Saturday night.
In his second of three games of a rehab assignment, Helton recorded a double, a walk, a run and an RBI while playing the entire game at first base.
He is expected to be in the lineup as a designated hitter for Sunday's game.
In his first game with the Ghosts on Friday, Helton went 0-for-2 with the go-ahead RBI on a sacrifice fly in the eighth inning. Casper beat Ogden, 8-4, on Saturday.
Helton, who has been on the 15-day disabled list with lower back stiffness, is hitting .246 with two homers and 16 RBIs this season for Colorado.
Joey Nowak is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.