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."