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Colorado rock into World Series
The Rockies sweep Arizona to secure a place in their first ever World Series.
Last Modified: 16 Oct 2007 06:49 GMT

Matt Holliday's  three-run homer capped a big six-run fourth inning for the Rockies [GALLO/GETTY]

The Colorado Rockies are into their first Major League Baseball World Series in franchise history after sweeping the seven-match National League Championship Series 4-0 over the Arizona Diamondbacks with a tension-filled 6-4 victory in Denver.
The Rockies scored all of their six runs in the fourth inning to beat the Diamondbacks in what was their 21st win in their last 22 games, joining the 1976 Cincinnati Reds as the only clubs in National League history to start the playoffs with seven-straight wins.
In just their second playoff campaign in club history, Colorado will play either the Cleveland Indians or Boston Red Sox in the World Series, with Game One on October 24 at the American League champions' home park.
 
The Indians currently lead the American League Championship Series 2-1.
 
Matt Holliday smashed a three-run homer in a huge six-run fourth inning for the Rockies, giving them a 6-1 lead in the decisive game four.
 
"There were runners on base and he left a slider up and I got it over the fence," Holliday said.
 

"I can't say enough about this ball club. This has been a great ride and it is not done yet."

Todd Helton,
Colorado infielder

"This is pretty incredible. This team has great focus."
 
However Arizona fought back when Chris Snyder hit a three-run homer of his own in the eighth inning to close the gap to 6-4.
 
Colorado clinched the National League title when shortstop Troy Tulowitzki scooped a slow moving grounder out of the dirt and fired to first base to get Arizona batter Eric Byrnes out.
 
Low payroll pays off
 
"I can't believe it. What a crazy game," Todd Helton, Rockies infielder, said.
 
"I can't say enough about this ball club. This has been a great ride and it is not done yet."
 
The Rockies, who got into the playoffs as the National League wildcard team, started the season with a payroll of $54.4 million, one of the lowest in the Major League.
 
"This has happened so quick," said Tulowitzki, who is in his first full season in the majors.
 
"It seems like yesterday I was fighting for a job in spring training and now here I am going to the World Series."
 
The home-run for Holliday, who won the National League MVP Award, was his fourth of the postseason and second in as many nights in the series.
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