Colorado struck first in each of the first two games of the series, but the Rockies were held hitless through the first two innings Wednesday before Jordan Pacheco led off the third with a single to extend his career-high hit streak to nine games. It was the Marlins who got on the board early in this game, pushing one across against righty Alex White in the opening frame on a Greg Dobbs single.
White gave up two more runs in the second, but settled down after that, surrendering just one more run en route to a six-inning outing and his first win since Sept. 10, 2011, against the Reds.
Entering the game, White was on the losing end in his last six starts, and he didn't receive much run support in many of them. That wasn't the case Wednesday, though, as the Rockies erased the three-run deficit with three runs of their own in the fourth.
Carlos Zambrano walked Marco Scutaro and Carlos Gonzalez to lead off the frame, and Tulowitzki hit an RBI double to put the visitors on the board. Jason Giambi and Michael Cuddyer followed up with a pair of sacrifice flies to tie the game.
The Marlins got one back in the bottom of the inning on Jose Reyes' second RBI of the night, but that lead was short-lived, as Colorado pushed four across in the fifth to give Zambrano his worst outing in a Marlins uniform.
Ramon Hernandez earned a leadoff walk, and then the Rockies pieced together some timely hitting with three consecutive two-out hits. Scutaro singled, causing Marlins manager Ozzie Guillen to visit Zambrano on the mound.
The visit didn't do Zambrano much good, as Gonzalez singled in Hernandez on the next pitch to tie the game, and Tulowitzki followed up with a three-run shot to left field to give the Rockies the lead.
The home run was the 128th of Tulowitzki's career, and it tied him with Matt Holiday for sixth on the Rockies' all-time list. He finished the series 4-for-12 with two homers and seven RBIs after he was held hitless in Colorado's previous series against Seattle.
"That stranger who is hitting behind me is starting to look like Troy Tulowitzki," Gonzalez said. "That's what everybody has been waiting for. I'm not even worried about him, because I know he's going to get hot."
Zambrano gave up seven runs on five hits with three strikeouts and three walks in five innings. All three batters he walked came around to score.
"I don't know what happened. It was one of those weird games," Zambrano said. "I didn't have my best stuff today, and obviously, the Rockies were in a position. They're a good team that can hit. They came with a six-game losing streak. They were hungry today and I was the bite."
After securing the lead, White got something the Rockies said they badly needed -- a shutdown inning. He recorded a 1-2-3 fifth on 12 pitches, and he he retired the final seven batters he faced.
Colorado added an insurance run in the seventh when Gonzalez hit his third triple of the season to plate Scutaro from first. Gonzalez finished the game 2-for-4, marking his team-leading 15th multi-hit game. In all, he and Tulowitzki combined to drive in six runs on the night.
"We're going to score runs when those two big guys in the middle of the order, when they start cracking together," Rockies manager Jim Tracy said. "Then we have the opportunity to put some points on the board, some serious points on the board."
Three Rockies relievers combined for three shutout innings to preserve the win. Adam Ottavino worked around a two-out hit in the seventh, and Matt Belisle and Rafael Betancourt were perfect in the final two innings as Colorado secured its first win on its current six-game road trip and headed into Thursday's off-day on a much-needed high note.
"If you go into that off-day two series in a row getting swept, that's tough to take, and your head starts to spin a little bit on that off-day," Tulowitzki said. "At least now we look at our last game and it's a win. Is it where we want to be? Not at all, but at least it's a step in the right direction."