DENVER — Maybe early in the season, Rockies manager Jim Tracy pulls his starters and puts in a pitcher for mop-up duty. Not now, not with his team trying to stay in the playoff race.
Down 10-1 in the third inning, Colorado did everything it could to come back. And it did, matching the biggest rally in team history and stunning the Braves 12-10 Wednesday on Troy Tulowitzki's go-ahead single in the eighth.
"What an effort," Tracy said. "The thing I've fallen in love with these players is they don't quit. We were short-handed pitching and then offensively, here we go, and we started chipping away. This is the icing on the cake."
The Rockies gradually cut into the deficit against the NL East leaders before going ahead with four runs in the eighth. Carlos Gonzalez hit a tying two-run single with two outs, and Tulowitzki and Todd Helton followed with RBI singles.
The Rockies finished a three-game sweep and won their fourth straight overall. The streak came after Colorado lost seven of 10 to fall far behind in the wild-card race.
Atlanta lost despite getting 10 extra-base hits, three more than Colorado.
"This was a heck of a game," Helton said. "It would have been easy to fold it up, but we didn't. We went out there and had an unbelievable win."
Colorado also rallied from nine runs down to beat Florida 18-17 on July 4, 2008.
The major-league record for the biggest comeback is 12 runs, done three times.
With one out in the eighth and the Rockies trailing 10-8, reliever Jonny Venters walked Chris Iannetta, and Melvin Mora singled. One out later, Dexter Fowler walked and Gonzalez singled. Kyle Farnsworth relieved, and Tulowitzki and Helton delivered hits.
"I got a couple pitches up, but I think the walks are what really did me in overall," Venters said.