Down early, Rockies storm back against Reds

Culberson hits three-run HR; De La Rosa settles in for seven innings

Down early, Rockies storm back against Reds

DENVER -- The Rockies haven't been able to count on much this season while weathering a plague of injuries, including those that ended the seasons of Troy Tulowitzki and Carlos Gonzalez in the past two days.

If there's one thing they've been able to take to the bank, though, it's that left-hander Jorge De La Rosa hardly fails at putting the Rockies in a position to win. And on Thursday night, he proved his worth once again by giving the team his 10th consecutive start of at least six innings in a 7-3 victory over the Reds at Coors Field.

"A lot of the same from Jorgy," manager Walt Weiss said. "His Achilles, he kind of tweaked it running to first in his first at-bat. We were one edge there for a little while, but he got through seven and that was huge for us."

De La Rosa confirmed he pitched in pain throughout the win -- his first since July 23 -- but he fully expects to make his next start.

That's good news for a team that only has 13 wins in its last 45 games, especially considering De La Rosa has recorded the victory in six of those contests.

De La Rosa logged his eighth win at home this season by limiting the Reds to three runs on five hits over seven innings.

"He threw a lot of splits, a lot of sliders and didn't give you many fastballs to hit," Reds catcher Devin Mesoraco said. "For the most part, we're a good-hitting fastball team and he did a good job of not allowing us to get any fastballs to hit. Give him credit there."

Cincinnati jumped out to an 2-0 lead in the second with RBIs from Ryan Ludwick (double) and Zack Cozart (single), but De La Rosa buckled down just as the Rockies' offense was waking up.

Corey Dickerson followed up Wilin Rosario's second-inning RBI double with a sacrifice fly off right-hander Alfredo Simon, tying things up in the third.

Simon's throwing error put runners on second and third with no outs in the fourth and the Rockies capitalized as Charlie Blackmon (groundout) and Drew Stubbs (single) each came through with RBIs to take the lead.

And in the fifth, Charlie Culberson, starting in Tulowitzki's place, broke the game open with a rare feat of power, blasting a three-run shot to left. Ludwick answered back with a solo shot in the sixth, but Culberson's homer -- just his fifth in 285 career at-bats and first since June 29 -- proved to be too much to overcome.

"Charlie has been grinding all year," said Weiss of his utility man "That's a tough role to be in -- to just play every once in a while and play multiple positions. … Charlie had the big blow, that's good to see."

After being swept on the road by the Padres, Culberson was just happy to return to Colorado and treat the home crowd to a complete team win.

"It's just what we needed," Culberson said. "It's been a tough for us this year. … But to come back for a long homestand and in the first one to get that win, it's big."

The Rockies got to Simon for 10 hits and seven runs (five earned) across five innings.

Cody Ulm is an associate reporter for This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.