Tulowitzki, Rockies top D-backs
Phoenix, AZ (SportsNetwork.com) - Troy Tulowitzki smacked a solo homer, a pair of doubles and drove in three as the Colorado Rockies defeated the Arizona Diamondbacks, 8-5, in the opener of a three-game set.
Justin Morneau belted a two-run shot for the Rockies, who have won five of their last seven games. Nolan Arenado tallied two hits and a pair of runs in the triumph.
Franklin Morales (3-1) allowed four runs on seven hits and two walks over five innings to notch the win. LaTroy Hawkins fired a scoreless ninth for his eighth save of the year.
Wade Miley (2-3) was roughed up for seven runs on 10 hits and a walk over six frames for Arizona, which has dropped three straight on the heels of a three- game winning streak.
The game was tied 4-4 before Morneau and Tulowitzki helped put the Rockies in front in the sixth.
Tulowitzki led off by drilling a 2-2 fastball over the heart of the plate into the front row of seats in left. Arenado hit a one-out single before Morneau pulverized a belt-high offering from Miley well over the wall in right-center to make it 7-4.
Arizona got a run back in the seventh on Miguel Montero's one-out RBI single, but Colorado added an insurance run in the ninth on Charlie Blackmon's sacrifice fly.
Earlier, Carlos Gonzalez's two-out RBI double in the first opened the scoring, but Gerardo Parra's one-out blast to right in the second knotted the game.
Both teams plated a pair of runs in the third.
Tulowitzki sliced a two-out, two-run double into the right field corner in the top half of the frame, while Montero's sacrifice fly and Aaron Hill's run- scoring single in the bottom of the inning made it 3-3.
Arenado cracked a leadoff double in the fourth and later scored on Jordan Pacheco's two-bagger to give Colorado a 4-3 edge.
Martin Prado began the fifth with a triple off the wall in left-center and scored on Paul Goldschmidt's groundout to make it 4-4.
Colorado was 4-for-10 with runners in scoring position, while Arizona finished 2-for-7 ... Tulowitzki and Morneau both have six homers this year. Tulowitzki has nine doubles.
04/29 00:52:59 ET