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Culberson, De La Rosa help Rockies beat Reds 7-3

By PAT GRAHAM
AP Sports Writer
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DENVER (AP) For one night, Charlie Culberson looked a little bit like the shortstop he's trying to replace.

He had the power of Troy Tulowitzki and the nifty moves, too - jumping out of the way of a shattered bat fragment to cleanly field a grounder.

''Not Tulowitzki,'' cautioned Culberson, ''but if they put (me) in the lineup, I'll be ready to play.''

Culberson hit his first homer in more than a month - a three-run shot in the fifth - and Jorge De La Rosa pitched seven effective innings to lift the Colorado Rockies over the Cincinnati Reds 7-3 on Thursday.

With Tulowitzki set for season-ending hip surgery Friday, Culberson and Josh Rutledge figure to receive plenty of playing time at shortstop. Culberson definitely made the most of his opportunity Thursday.

''Tulo is our guy,'' Culberson said. ''And shortstop is a big spot to fill. ... I feel like both us can go out there and fill in.''

De La Rosa (12-8) allowed three runs and five hits as he improved to 8-2 at Coors Field this season.

Not bad considering he tweaked his Achilles running to first in the second inning. But he came back out to pitch and didn't miss a beat.

''It was bothering me a little bit,'' De La Rosa said. ''But I was able to keep pitching in pain. We'll take care of that before my next start.''

Reds All-Star Alfredo Simon (12-8) is winless in six starts since the break. He allowed seven runs - five earned - and a season-high 10 hits in five innings.

''He made some mistakes and they hit it hard,'' Reds manager Bryan Price said. ''It's just a matter of executing better pitches and having a better mix of pitches.''

Culberson broke the game open by lacing a 95 mph fastball from Simon into the left-field bleachers. It was his first homer since June 29.

The shortstop also flashed his fielding prowess by sidestepping a piece of Todd Frazier's broken bat to field the ball and throw out Frazier by a few steps.

''The bat went further than the ball,'' Culberson said. ''Those things happen. Just got to roll with it.''

Charlie Blackmon broke a 2-all tie in the fourth when he drove in a run on a groundout. Drew Stubbs followed with an RBI single against his former team. Both runs were unearned after Simon threw the ball away trying to turn a double play.

''It's good to see some things we did offensively, that we've been struggling to do,'' Rockies manager Walt Weiss said.

CARGO DONE FOR SEASON

Shortly after the game, the Rockies announced that outfielder Carlos Gonzalez will have season-ending surgery on his left knee Monday. It's been an injury-riddled year for Gonzalez, who is on the disabled list with not only an aching left knee but a sprained right ankle.

He was out earlier this season after doctors found and removed a small tumor in his left index finger.

BACK ON TRACK

Ryan Ludwick was hitless in his last 13 at-bats before breaking out with an RBI double in the second. He added a solo homer in the sixth off De La Rosa that landed near the top of the stands in left.

''Today, I just happened to think along with him,'' Ludwick said. ''Lucky guess.''

TRAINER'S ROOM

Reds: RHP Homer Bailey is headed to the disabled list with a strained elbow. Price said he will announce a starter to take Bailey's spot in the rotation Friday. There's no timetable for Bailey's return.

Rockies: OF Michael Cuddyer (broken left shoulder) could be back in the lineup Saturday. The reigning NL batting champ has been on the DL since early June.

UP NEXT

Reds: RHP Johnny Cueto (14-6, 2.05 ERA) can take over the NL lead in wins by beating the Rockies on Friday. Cueto is 6-0 in seven starts since losing at San Diego on July 2.

Rockies: LHP Franklin Morales (5-6, 4.97) will make his first career start against the Reds. He's faced them five times as a reliever, going 2-0 with two saves.

 
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Players of the Game
Colorado

C. Culberson
AB 4
R 2
H 2
HR 1
RBI 3
Cincinnati

R. Ludwick
AB 4
R 2
H 3
HR 1
RBI 2
 

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Cincinnati Reds
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLG
Billy Hamilton, CF4010001.263.295.386
Jay Bruce, RF4000012.222.302.380
Todd Frazier, 1B4000020.279.338.457
Devin Mesoraco, C3100111.294.364.573
Ryan Ludwick, LF4232000.259.318.399
Skip Schumaker, 2B4000002.239.288.321
Kris Negron, 3B3000011.246.292.459
Zack Cozart, SS3021000.228.275.303
Alfredo Simon, P2000002.114.133.136
   J.J. Hoover, P0000000.0001.000.000
   a-Ramon Santiago, PH1000010.227.325.295
   Carlos Contreras, P0000000.000.000.000
Totals3236316    
a-struck out for Hoover in the 7th
Batting
2B - Ryan Ludwick (19, De La Rosa)
HR - Ryan Ludwick (7, De La Rosa)
RBI - Ryan Ludwick 2 (35), Zack Cozart (28)
2-OUT RBI - Ryan Ludwick (19), Zack Cozart (13)
Team LOB - 3
Fielding
E - Alfredo Simon (2, Throwing)
Cincinnati Reds
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Alfredo Simon (L,12-8) 51075121 3.28
J.J. Hoover 1000010 5.13
Carlos Contreras 2000140 3.45
IBB - LeMahieu by Alfredo Simon
WP - Alfredo Simon (2)
Pitches-Strikes - Alfredo Simon 83-55, J.J. Hoover 11-9, Carlos Contreras 36-20
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Alfredo Simon 10-4, J.J. Hoover 1-1, Carlos Contreras 2-0
Batters Faced - Alfredo Simon 27, J.J. Hoover 3, Carlos Contreras 7
Colorado Rockies
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLG
Charlie Blackmon, RF5111020.284.329.429
Drew Stubbs, CF4021010.292.334.483
Justin Morneau, 1B4010001.323.363.505
Nolan Arenado, 3B4110003.285.324.479
Corey Dickerson, LF3111001.323.378.577
Wilin Rosario, C3121102.252.292.410
Charlie Culberson, SS4223012.189.244.311
DJ LeMahieu, 2B3100110.262.317.336
Jorge De La Rosa, P3000014.159.178.159
   Boone Logan, P0000000.000.000.000
   Adam Ottavino, P0000000.000.000.000
   a-Ben Paulsen, PH1000010.400.438.633
   LaTroy Hawkins, P0000000.000.000.000
Totals34710727    
a-struck out for Ottavino in the 8th
Batting
2B - Corey Dickerson (20, Simon), Wilin Rosario (20, Simon)
HR - Charlie Culberson (3, Simon)
SF - Corey Dickerson (3)
RBI - Charlie Blackmon (58), Drew Stubbs (32), Corey Dickerson (51), Wilin Rosario (41), Charlie Culberson 3 (18)
2-OUT RBI - Drew Stubbs (10)
Team LOB - 6
Fielding
DP - Culberson-LeMahieu-Morneau
PB - Wilin Rosario (12)
Colorado Rockies
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Jorge De La Rosa (W,12-8) 7533151 4.32
Boone Logan 0.2000000 5.70
Adam Ottavino 0.1000010 3.61
LaTroy Hawkins 1100000 2.85
Pitches-Strikes - Jorge De La Rosa 104-67, Boone Logan 9-5, Adam Ottavino 4-3, LaTroy Hawkins 7-6
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jorge De La Rosa 10-6, LaTroy Hawkins 2-0
Batters Faced - Jorge De La Rosa 27, Boone Logan 2, Adam Ottavino 1, LaTroy Hawkins 3
Game Information
Attendance - 32538
Game Time - 2:53
Temperature - 71
Umpires - Home - C.B. Bucknor, First Base - Quinn Wolcott, Second Base - Dale Scott, Third Base - Ben May