A big night by Michael Cuddyer and a Todd Helton grand slam were not enough to make up for shaky pitching as the Colorado Rockies (24-37) lost for the seventh straight time, falling to the Oakland Athletics (28-35) 10-8 last night in Denver. The final game of the interleague series is today at 1:10 at Coors Field (TV: none).

Todd Helton's first-inning grand slam in a five-run frame and Michael Cuddyer's two home runs, which accounted for three runs, kept the Rockies ahead from the bottom of the first to the fateful top of the ninth. All of the runs came off Athletics starter Tommy Milone, who lasted four innings.

But all along, the Rockies made just enough mistakes to keep the Athletics close enough to eventually hand Betancourt (1-2) his second blown save in 12 attempts and send the Rockies to 0-8 in Interleague Play and a season-worst 13 games below .500.

Oakland's Coco Crisp stuck his bat on a good Rafael Betancourt two-strike pitch and lifted the ball into right-center field for a single that opened a three-run ninth inning in a 10-8 outcome.

"Obviously I think we're a better team than our record, but it's hard to argue with our record," said Cuddyer, who lifted his season homer total to nine. "But you don't give up. You can't throw the towel in with 100 games left. You still go out, play the game hard and hope things turn."

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