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DENVER -- Troy Tulowitzki's stunning power surge could be all in the wrists.
Tulowitzki homered twice -- he has eight in his last eight games -- and Jorge De La Rosa struck out a season-high 10 in six innings to lead the Colorado Rockies past the Arizona Diamondbacks 13-4 on Friday night for their season-best eighth consecutive victory.
Tulowitzki doubled and walked in going 3 for 3 with four runs scored, matching a career-best. He's batting .444 in his last eight games -- during which he has had two of his three career multihomer games -- and reached 20 homers in a season for the third time in his career.
The latest power display coincides with a return to normalcy in the left wrist that he fractured when hit by a pitch June 17. He missed 33 games before returning on July 27.
"I think he's physically beginning to feel better and better every day as far as that wrist is concerned," manager Jim Tracy said. "Because that bat is going through the zone again in a hurry."
Tulowitzki agreed his wrist is the best it has been since coming back from the fracture.
"I've definitely felt better as of late," he said. "In batting practice, I can tell my power is starting to come back. Sometimes, you get hurt and you've got to play with it and realize what you can and can't do. Before I felt like the power wasn't there, so I was more spraying the ball around. Now, I feel like I can pick my chances to try to take a swing where I can hit a home run."
Diamondbacks manager Kirk Gibson said Tulowitzki made it tough on his club.
"He's hot,"Gibson said. "He's seeing the ball real well. We got around [Carlos] Gonzalez well tonight. That's one of the strengths of their team, if you get around the first guy, you got to get around the second guy. We tip our hat to him. We'll have to make better pitches at him tomorrow."
Tulowitzki's barrage backed De La Rosa (7-4), who struck out the side in the fourth inning and fanned at least one batter in each of the innings he pitched in winning his third consecutive decision.
He allowed two runs and five hits, including Chris Young's 25th homer in the second. But De La Rosa also hit an RBI double in a six-run third inning to help the Rockies stay close in the NL West race and the NL wild card chase.
The Rockies capitalized on an erratic outing by Joe Saunders (2-5), who gave up seven runs and five hits in 2 1/3 innings, his shortest outing of the season. He struck out one and walked four, the last with the bases loaded, in dropping a September start for the first time in his last 12 outings in the month dating to 2007.
Colorado broke the game open in the third, with Tuolowitzki doubling to right to drive in the first of the Rockies' six runs in the inning. Saunders walked the next three batters, leaving in favor of D.J. Carrasco after forcing in a run with his final walk. Miguel Olivo greeted Carrasco with a bases-clearing triple and De La Rosa doubled over the head of left fielder Rusty Ryal to drive in the inning's sixth run for 8-1 lead.
The Diamondbacks added a run in the fourth on pinch-hitter Cole Gillespie's groundout but Tulowitzki answered in the bottom of the fourth with a drive off Carrasco that sailed 15 rows into the left field bleachers.
|Troy Tulowitzki is congratulated in the dug out with a shower of sunflower seeds after hitting a solo HR. (AP)|
|Players of the Game|
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|Stephen Drew, SS||3||0||1||0||0||1||1||.270|
|John Hester, C||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||.205|
|Rusty Ryal, LF-1B^LF||4||0||0||0||0||2||2||.269|
|Kelly Johnson, 2B||4||1||1||0||0||1||0||.274|
|Chris Young, CF||3||1||1||1||0||2||0||.266|
|Brandon Allen, 1B||1||0||0||0||0||1||1||.267|
|Adam LaRoche, 1B||3||0||1||0||0||1||0||.266|
|Ryan Church, LF-CF||1||1||1||1||0||0||0||.195|
|Mark Reynolds, 3B||3||0||0||0||0||3||1||.208|
|a- Tony Abreu, PH||1||0||1||0||0||0||0||.245|
|Miguel Montero, C||3||1||1||0||0||1||0||.277|
|Jordan Norberto, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|b- Ryan Roberts, PH||0||0||0||1||0||0||0||.175|
|Gerardo Parra, RF||4||0||1||0||0||0||1||.256|
|Joe Saunders, P||1||0||0||0||0||1||0||.125|
|D.J. Carrasco, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|c- Cole Gillespie, PH||1||0||0||1||0||0||0||.218|
|Zach Kroenke, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Blaine Boyer, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Augie Ojeda, SS||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||.200|
|a-singled for Reynolds in the 9th|
|b-hit a sacrifice fly for Norberto in the 9th|
|c-grounded out for Carrasco in the 5th|
|2B - Kelly Johnson (36, Daley), Ryan Church (15, Daley), Gerardo Parra (14, De La Rosa)|
|HR - Chris Young (25, De La Rosa)|
|SF - Ryan Roberts (1)|
|RBI - Chris Young (84), Ryan Church (20), Ryan Roberts (7), Cole Gillespie (7)|
|Team LOB - 4|
|DP - Reynolds-Johnson-Allen|
|E - Gerardo Parra (4, Dropped fly), Mark Reynolds (18, Throwing)|
|Joe Saunders (L,8-15)||2.1||5||7||4||4||1||0||4.70|
|Pitches-Strikes - Joe Saunders 70-37, D.J. Carrasco 29-19, Zach Kroenke 27-17, Blaine Boyer 5-5, Jordan Norberto 32-19|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Joe Saunders 5-1, D.J. Carrasco 1-1, Zach Kroenke 2-2, Blaine Boyer 1-0, Jordan Norberto 2-2|
|Batters Faced - Joe Saunders 16, D.J. Carrasco 8, Zach Kroenke 10, Blaine Boyer 2, Jordan Norberto 8|
|Eric Young Jr., 2B||5||0||2||1||0||0||0||.267|
|Dexter Fowler, CF||5||1||1||0||0||2||2||.251|
|Carlos Gonzalez, LF||4||1||0||0||0||2||2||.335|
|Clint Barmes, SS||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||.234|
|Troy Tulowitzki, SS||3||4||3||3||1||0||0||.327|
|Franklin Morales, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Edgmer Escalona, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|a- Michael McKenry, PH||0||0||0||0||1||0||0||.000|
|Matt Daley, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Joe Beimel, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Melvin Mora, 3B||3||2||2||0||1||0||0||.275|
|Chris Nelson, 3B||1||0||0||0||0||0||1||.500|
|Todd Helton, 1B||3||1||2||2||1||1||0||.250|
|Chris Iannetta, 1B||1||1||1||1||0||0||0||.210|
|Ryan Spilborghs, RF||3||2||2||2||2||0||2||.279|
|Miguel Olivo, C||4||1||1||3||0||1||3||.280|
|Paul Phillips, C||1||0||0||0||0||0||1||.278|
|Jorge De La Rosa, P||2||0||1||1||0||0||0||.188|
|b- Jay Payton, PH-LF||1||0||0||0||0||0||2||.000|
|a-walked for Escalona in the 8th|
|b-grounded out for De La Rosa in the 6th|
|2B - Troy Tulowitzki (29, Saunders), Todd Helton (16, Kroenke), Jorge De La Rosa (2, Carrasco)|
|3B - Miguel Olivo (6, Carrasco)|
|HR - Troy Tulowitzki 2 (20, Carrasco, Kroenke), Chris Iannetta (9, Norberto)|
|SH - Jorge De La Rosa (3)|
|RBI - Eric Young Jr. (7), Troy Tulowitzki 3 (72), Todd Helton 2 (30), Chris Iannetta (25), Ryan Spilborghs 2 (31), Miguel Olivo 3 (55), Jorge De La Rosa (4)|
|2-OUT RBI - Eric Young Jr. (5), Todd Helton 2 (8), Chris Iannetta (8)|
|SB - Eric Young Jr. (16, 2nd base off Carrasco/Montero)|
|CS - Eric Young Jr. (4, 2nd base by Saunders/Montero)|
|Team LOB - 7|
|Jorge De La Rosa (W,7-4)||6||5||2||2||0||10||1||4.10|
|WP - Jorge De La Rosa (7)|
|Pitches-Strikes - Jorge De La Rosa 103-68, Franklin Morales 11-8, Edgmer Escalona 8-6, Matt Daley 28-19, Joe Beimel 3-2|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jorge De La Rosa 3-5, Franklin Morales 1-0|
|Batters Faced - Jorge De La Rosa 23, Franklin Morales 3, Edgmer Escalona 3, Matt Daley 5, Joe Beimel 1|
|Attendance - 37265|
|Game Time - 3:07|
|Temperature - 72|
|Umpires - Home - Greg Gibson, First Base - Brian Knight, Second Base - Gerry Davis, Third Base - Sam Holbrook|