DENVER (AP) -- The Colorado Rockies turned the flyout into a weapon.
The Rockies tied a major-league record with five sacrifice flies in their 16-9 win over the Pittsburgh Pirates on Wednesday.
"We were talking about it a little bit and we had only 10 going in and we put that play in the offensive handbook today," Colorado manager Clint Hurdle said, joking. "We decided that's a play we need to utilize more."
Colorado matched the mark for a nine-inning game set by the Seattle Mariners against Oakland on Aug. 7, 1988.
The Rockies were stoked about making a little history -- at least once they were told they did.
"Wow, that's nice," said Yorvit Torrealba, who tied his career high with five RBI with a second-inning grand slam and sacrifice fly in the fourth. "I'll be in the record [books] somewhere."
Torrealba's first home run with Colorado off Oliver Perez (2-7) gave the Rockies a 9-2 lead.
The Rockies' entire lineup hit Perez well. They had their biggest offensive output since a 20-1 win over San Diego on Sept. 20, 2005. The Rockies has scored a combined 14 runs in their previous seven games.
Perez had the worst outing of his career, allowing nine earned runs and five hits with four walks in two innings. He also hit a batter and threw a wild pitch. His previous worst outing was May 6, 2005, at Arizona, when he gave up eight runs and 10 hits in 5 1/3 innings.
"You have to be focused from the start and I wasn't," Perez said. "I was guilty of aiming the ball. I left the pitches up in the zone and they were able to drive in runs with fly balls."
Jamey Carroll may have cemented himself into the leadoff role. He tied his career high with four hits for the second straight night. Carroll was 4-for-6 with a triple, double and two singles after going 4-for-4 with a homer Tuesday night.
"He hit the ball all over the ballpark," Hurdle said.
Yet Carroll will check the lineup card everyday, not knowing if his name will be penciled in.
"If I'm in there, I'm in there," said Carroll, who's gone 8-for-10 since Hurdle put Omar Quintanilla into the lineup for Monday's game.
The Rockies may have taken their big lead for granted. Right-hander Josh Fogg struggled with the cushion and was knocked out during the Pirates' six-run fifth that cut the lead to 11-8. He was charged with eight runs and six hits in 4 1/3 innings against his former team.
Scott Dohmann (1-0) earned his first win since Sept. 4, allowing one hit in 2 1/3 shutout innings.
"It wasn't the prettiest game," Hurdle said.
Hurdle and reliever Ray King didn't see the end of it. Both were ejected by home plate umpire Tony Randazzo in the ninth inning. During the argument, Randazzo chest-bumped Hurdle.
"The whole game this guy's been missing that pitch up," King said. "If he wants to take it personal because I asked about it, so be it. I voiced my opinion."
What did he say back?
"Some adult words," King said.
Randazzo wasn't available for comment before leaving the stadium, and crew chief Joe West said: "I'm not taking questions. We have a plane to catch."
With just their fourth win in 15 games, the clubhouse was more jovial as Survivor's "Eye of the Tiger" was cranked up loud on the stereo system.
"Guys are starting to swing the bats well," said Atkins, who had the record-tying sacrifice fly in the fifth inning.
The back of the lineup did much of the damage Wednesday. The 5-6-7 hitters -- Atkins, Torrealba and Barmes -- were a combined 4-for-7 with 11 RBI.
"That's good to see," Hurdle said. "Two wins in less than 24 hours kind of changed the slant around here. I know the guys have a little bounce in their step."
The game-time temperature of 97 degrees matched the hottest in Denver's 14-year major-league history, and it came earlier in the year than ever before. ... Carroll became the first Colorado player with at least four hits in consecutive games since Juan Pierre from Sept. 20-21, 2004, against Arizona. ... Colorado's four-run first was the second most for the team in the opening frame. The Rockies scored seven against San Diego on April 8. ... Pittsburgh right-hander Kip Wells will make a rehab start Saturday at Double-A Lynchburg.
Free-agent shortstop Carlos Correa hires Scott Boras to represent him
Star shortstop Carlos Correa, still without a team amid MLB's lockout, has hired agent Scott Boras.
Los Angeles Dodgers promote Brandon Gomes to general manager
The Dodgers have promoted Brandon Gomes to the role of general manager -- a position that had been vacant since Farhan Zaidi's 2018 departure to the rival Giants.
'Drawing Mike Trout every day until the lockout is over': How an MLB fan's tribute turned into an internet sensation
Mike Trout as Bruce Willis? Mike Trout as Beyonce? Mike Trout as a trout? One amateur artist is keeping his love of baseball alive during the lockout in a unique way.
Death of Tampa Bay Rays bullpen catcher Jean Ramirez ruled a suicide
The death of Tampa Bay Rays bullpen catcher Jean Ramirez near his home in Fort Worth, Texas, has been ruled a suicide.
Brad Ausmus joins Oakland A's as bench coach for first-time manager Mark Kotsay
The A's have hired Brad Ausmus as the team's bench coach under first-time manager Mark Kotsay. Ausmus previously was the manager for the Tigers and Angels.
Buster Olney's Top 10s for 2022: Ranking MLB's best teams
With moves left to be made once the lockout ends, Buster Olney rates baseball's best teams as 2022 begins.