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Rejuvenated Gonzalez already back in three hole

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Rejuvenated Gonzalez already back in three hole · Notes, Quotes · Roster Report

A short but productive stay in the fifth spot in the lineup enabled Carlos Gonzalez to return to his No. 3 position.

In three games hitting fifth, Gonzalez went 5-for-9 with two doubles, one homer, one RBI and three runs scored. The homer came Tuesday off Diamondbacks left-hander Joe Saunders. The left-handed hitting Gonzalez began the season 1-for-21 against lefties but has since gone 4-for-7.

Manager Jim Tracy, explaining his decision to move Gonzalez to the third spot, said, "I'm not just basing it on (Tuesday) night. I'm basing it on some bats I saw him take on Saturday against the Pirates (when Gonzalez went 1-for-4 with a double). I'm also basing it on some swings I saw him take on Sunday (when he went 1-for-3 with a double). He is really beginning to resemble himself. (Tuesday) night, what was very pleasing to see was his plate discipline. He got himself in good counts last night.

"I wanted to see him get going, then turn the tables and put him right back where he belongs."

In the Rockies' 6-4 win over the Diamondbacks on Tuesday night, Gonzalez extended his hitting streak to five games and went 2-for-4 with a walk and a run scored. He was hitting .214 at the start of the streak but has steadily raised his average to .257.

Tracy said a reason to move Gonzalez back to the No. 3 spot as quickly as he did was to limit the disruption for Todd Helton, who had moved from fifth to third. He contributed a two-run double Wednesday that put Helton in some historic company. The double was the 534th in his career, tying Helton with Lou Gehrig for 30th all-time. Helton has hit safely in four straight games, going 6-for-16 with two doubles and three RBI, and is batting .313 with seven doubles, three homers and 13 RBI.

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