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10/15/07 2:46 AM ET

Holliday gets back on track with homer

Rockies slugger struggled through first two NLCS games

DENVER -- Matt Holliday spent his off-day watching tape of his 1-for-8 performance in the first two games in Arizona in the National League Championship Series.

"This series, I've pretty much been awful," Holliday said before Sunday's game. "I did OK the first series, but for whatever reason I haven't got any hits. I'm happy that we've won some games, obviously that's all that matters at this point. I'd like to start getting some hits and making it a little easier on the pitchers if the middle of our order starts producing a little bit more."

It didn't take long for Holliday to make his contribution Sunday night at Coors Field, where the Rockies won, 4-1, and took a 3-0 series lead on the Diamondbacks. Holliday sent a Livan Hernandez slider 382 feet into the left-field seats for his first homer this series and third in the postseason.

"Holliday's real good," Brad Hawpe said. "We all know that. You can't keep a good hitter down for too long, and what he did today that first [at-bat], that home run he hit, that was the swing he's been taking all year that's been unbelievable, where he got that good extension, stayed through, got through the ball and didn't try to do too much."

Holliday finished the night 2-for-4, returning to his MVP-like self from the regular season in which he led the National League in batting average (.340), hits (216), total bases (382), extra-base hits (92), doubles (50) and RBIs (137).

Like Hawpe said, Holliday's "real good." But Holliday said he had gotten away in the first two games from what made him successful all season.

"I was coming off the ball a little bit," he said. "I wanted to stay square to the plate, not try to pull the ball, stay up the middle and let things happen."

What happened left Holliday satisfied as the Rockies enter Monday's Game 4 with a chance to go to the World Series.

"Obviously, it's a lot more fun to contribute," Holliday said. "Anytime you can hit a home run to help your team in the playoffs, it feels great."

C.J. Moore is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.