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Tulowitzki's 2 homers lead Rockies past Rangers

Published on NewsOK Modified: May 5, 2014 at 11:58 pm •  Published: May 5, 2014
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DENVER (AP) — A different team and a new season has made all the difference for Jordan Lyles.

Lyles pitched effectively into the ninth inning, Troy Tulowitzki homered twice, and the Colorado Rockies beat the Texas Rangers 8-2 on Monday night.

Nolan Arenado also homered 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 homers 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 win over 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."

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