Tulowitzki homers twice as Rockies beat Padres

Published on NewsOK Modified: July 9, 2014 at 6:54 pm •  Published: July 9, 2014
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DENVER (AP) — Troy Tulowitzki showed why he is an All-Star and the NL captain for the Home Run Derby next week.

More importantly, he is trying to show his young teammates the Colorado are still postseason contenders.

He hopes winning a series at home was a fresh start.

Tulowitzki hit two of Colorado's five home runs, and the Rockies beat the San Diego Padres 6-3 on Wednesday.

Drew Stubbs, Charlie Blackmon and Wilin Rosario also went deep for the Rockies, who won a home series for the first time in nearly two months.

"I'm careful about saying when wins are must-wins or what games are must-wins, but all things considered we needed to win that series," manager Walt Weiss said.

Colorado last won a home series taking two of three from San Diego in May. The Rockies managed to split a four-game set with Atlanta in June but lost five other series at Coors Field. They were swept twice and in the process went from second in the NL West to last before taking two straight from the Padres.

"A series win is important, especially against a division opponent," Tulowitzki said.

Tulowitzki has expressed frustration with Colorado's extended slump but hasn't given up on the season. He pointed out the Rockies used big turnarounds after the All-Star break to reach the World Series in 2007 and the playoffs again two years later.

"That's something I'm trying to preach to these guys. Anything can happen," Tulowitzki said. "Even though it doesn't look like we're in it keep coming to work every single day and hopefully it transfers over. It's been a rough first half but second halves here, those playoff-run years have been pretty good."

They took a step with back-to-back homers off reliever Joaquin Benoit (3-1) in the eighth. Blackmon started the rally with a single and Stubbs followed with his ninth homer of the season and fifth in his last five games.

Tulowitzki then hit an 0-1 fastball into the left field seats for his 20th home run of the year. It was Tulowitzki's second multihomer game this season and 10th of his career.

Benoit had not allowed a run in 19 1-3 innings before Stubbs' homer.

"Benoit has been outstanding," Padres manager Bud Black said. "He got two strikeouts and a popout to center and they hit a couple of high flies that went out. One by an All-Star."

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