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Tulowitzki's two home runs power Rockies past Rangers

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DENVER -- A different team and a new season has made all the difference for Jordan Lyles.

Lyles pitched effectively into the ninth inning, Troy Tulowitzki hit two home runs, and the Colorado Rockies beat the Texas Rangers 8-2 on Monday night.

Nolan Arenado also hit a home run to extend his hitting streak to 25 games. It is the longest in the majors this season.

Lyles (4-0) stole the spotlight from his teammates with another outstanding performance. He came to the Rockies from Houston in the offseason, where he had a career ERA of 5.35 in 72 games and 65 starts. After Monday's gem, he's carrying a 2.62 ERA in seven starts, three of which have come at hitter-friendly Coors Field.

"The biggest thing is making better pitches when guys are in scoring position. I don't know the numbers but I can figure I wasn't too good in the past," he said. "That's the biggest key."

He also got plenty of offensive support.

Tulowitzki, who was named the NL Player of the Month for April before the game, had his first multi-homer game of the season and the ninth of his career. He hit a two-run shot off Texas starter Martin Perez in the fifth and hit another two-run homer off reliever Shawn Tolleson to give Colorado a 7-1 lead in the seventh.

Both home runs came after Drew Stubbs had doubled.

Tulowitzki had a chance for a third home run when he came to bat in the eighth but he walked.

"If there was a good pitch to hit I was definitely going to offer," Tulowitzki said. "You do think about three home runs but it's not like I was trying to go deep, I was trying to put together a good at-bat."

It was more than enough for Lyles (4-0), who came within three outs of the second complete game of his career.

He had struggled in six previous starts against Texas but held the Rangers in check a night after they had 14 hits and nine walks in a 14-3 victory against the Angels. He worked out of trouble in the third and the Rangers' first run came on a ground out to shortstop in the sixth.

Texas had runners on first and second in the eighth but Lyles got Josh Wilson to ground into the third double play of the night to end the inning.

"He was not the same guy we faced last year," Texas catcher Robinson Chirinos said. "Today he was keeping the ball down and getting ground balls."

Manager Walt Weiss sent him out for the start of the ninth but Lyles left to a standing ovation after giving up a leadoff single to Adrian Beltre.

He allowed two runs on seven hits and struck out five in his longest outing since throwing a complete game against Milwaukee on Sept. 30, 2012.

"He threw a heck of a game and it was a way to try to reward him for what he's done and show confidence in him for what he's done," Weiss said. "I told him it was going to be a short leash sending him out there."

Perez (4-2) struggled for the second successive start after hurling 26 consecutive scoreless innings. He allowed five runs on seven hits over five innings. In his past two games, he has been touched for 13 runs in 9 2/3 innings.

"When he made a mistake out over the plate, they made him pay for it," Texas manager Ron Washington said. "He's only human. He's going to have some starts that don't go in his favor."

Perez had not surrendered a home run for 46 innings dating back to last season when Arenado went deep on him in the second.

After Carlos Gonzalez led off the second with a double to left, Arenado drilled a 93-mph fastball into the tunnel in left field to make it 2-0.

It was Arenado's sixth of the season and fourth during his streak. The hitting streak is the second-longest in Rockies history.

Gonzalez made it 3-0 in the third when his ground out to first scored Brandon Barnes.

Notes

Rockies manager Walt Weiss appealed an out call at first base in the second inning and the call was reversed upon review. ... Tulowitzki hit .364 with seven home runs and 22 RBI in April. The only other time Tulowitzki won the NL Player of the Month award was September 2010. ... The Rockies selected the contract of RHP Nick Masset from Triple A and optioned INF Ryan Wheeler to Colorado Springs. ... Texas will send Robbie Ross Jr. (1-2, 3.86) against Colorado's Juan Nicasio (3-1, 4.19) on Tuesday.

 
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Troy Tulowitzki, the NL player of the month for April, makes an early case for taking home the May award.  (USATSI)
Troy Tulowitzki, the NL player of the month for April, makes an early case for taking home the May award. (USATSI)

Players of the Game
Colorado

J. Lyles
IP 8.0
H 7
ER 2
BB 1
K 5
Colorado

T. Tulowitzki
AB 3
R 2
H 2
HR 2
RBI 4
 
Texas Rangers
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Shin-Soo Choo, LF3120100 .360
Josh Wilson, 2B4001013 .234
Adrian Beltre, 3B4120010 .269
Prince Fielder, 1B3010101 .231
Alex Rios, RF4000002 .317
Robinson Chirinos, C3000010 .238
   a-Mitch Moreland, PH1011000 .274
Leonys Martin, CF4010010 .291
Elvis Andrus, SS4010002 .221
Martin Perez, P1000011 .000
   Shawn Tolleson, P0000000 .000
   Aaron Poreda, P0000000 .000
   b-Dan Robertson, PH1010000 .200
   Jason Frasor, P0000000 .000
   Neal Cotts, P0000000 .000
Totals3229225  
a-singled for Chirinos in the 9th
b-singled for Poreda in the 8th
Batting
2B - Shin-Soo Choo (6, Lyles), Elvis Andrus (6, Lyles)
SH - Martin Perez (1)
RBI - Josh Wilson (8), Mitch Moreland (11)
2-OUT RBI - Mitch Moreland (4)
SB - Shin-Soo Choo (3, 2nd base off Lyles/Pacheco)
Team LOB - 6
Fielding
DP - Wilson-Fielder, Wilson-Fielder-Beltre-Wilson-Fielder
E - Adrian Beltre (6, Throwing)
Texas Rangers
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Martin Perez (L,4-2) 5755352 3.59
Shawn Tolleson 1322001 4.50
Aaron Poreda 1100010 0.00
Jason Frasor 0.2211110 1.64
Neal Cotts 0.1000000 5.25
IBB - Arenado by Martin Perez
Pitches-Strikes - Martin Perez 95-57, Shawn Tolleson 13-7, Aaron Poreda 11-10, Jason Frasor 28-16, Neal Cotts 1-1
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Martin Perez 10-0, Shawn Tolleson 2-0, Aaron Poreda 2-0, Neal Cotts 1-0
Batters Faced - Martin Perez 25, Shawn Tolleson 5, Aaron Poreda 4, Jason Frasor 5, Neal Cotts 1
Colorado Rockies
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Brandon Barnes, RF5120020 .338
Drew Stubbs, CF4231000 .286
Troy Tulowitzki, SS3224200 .408
Carlos Gonzalez, LF5121012 .250
Nolan Arenado, 3B2112200 .313
Justin Morneau, 1B4010013 .333
Jordan Pacheco, C4000013 .250
DJ LeMahieu, 2B4010010 .273
Jordan Lyles, P4110012 .278
   Nick Masset, P0000000 .000
Totals35813847  
Batting
2B - Brandon Barnes 2 (5, Perez), Drew Stubbs 2 (3, Perez), Carlos Gonzalez 2 (8, Perez), Justin Morneau (10, Poreda)
HR - Troy Tulowitzki 2 (9, Perez), Nolan Arenado (6, Perez)
SF - Drew Stubbs (2)
RBI - Drew Stubbs (5), Troy Tulowitzki 4 (29), Carlos Gonzalez (21), Nolan Arenado 2 (22)
Team LOB - 8
Fielding
DP - Arenado-LeMahieu-Morneau, Arenado-LeMahieu-Morneau-Tulowitzki-Morneau, Arenado-LeMahieu-Morneau-Tulowitzki-Morneau-Arenado-LeMahieu-Morneau, Arenado-LeMahieu-Morneau-Tulowitzki-Morneau-Arenado-LeMahieu-Morneau-Tulowitzki-LeMahieu-Morneau
E - Nolan Arenado (6, Misplayed grounder), Drew Stubbs (1, Misplayed grounder)
Colorado Rockies
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Jordan Lyles (W,4-0) 8722150 2.62
Nick Masset 1200100 0.00
Pitches-Strikes - Jordan Lyles 104-71, Nick Masset 22-13
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jordan Lyles 13-4, Nick Masset 2-0
Batters Faced - Jordan Lyles 30, Nick Masset 5
Game Information
Attendance - 26242
Game Time - 3:01
Temperature - 79
Umpires - Home - Gary Cederstrom, First Base - Kerwin Danley, Second Base - Lance Barksdale, Third Base - Mark Ripperger