Originally written on Fox Sports  |  Last updated 9/1/13
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Todd Helton has spent much of his career sending balls down the left-field line at spacious Coors Field. It was only fitting, then, that he reached a major milestone the same way. Helton doubled for his 2,500th career hit, Michael Cuddyer homered among his four hits and the Colorado Rockies overcame the loss of starting pitcher Tyler Chatwood to beat the Cincinnati Reds, 7-4, on Sunday. Helton became the 96th player in major league history to reach 2,500 hits, and it came after a tough couple of days. Helton homered twice Friday to move within one hit of the milestone but went 0 for 4 on Saturday. He flied out, struck out and walked Sunday before facing reliever Curtis Partch in the seventh inning. ''Every at-bat felt like it was getting longer and longer,'' Helton said. ''I was getting a little concerned because I definitely wanted to get 2,500 here at home in front of the home crowd.'' Helton worked the count full against Partch before lacing a 96-mph fastball down the left-f...
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