escaped with a win on
's tiebreaking homer in the eighth inning.
Now, they're hoping to avoid a bigger loss -
The NL wild card-leading Rockies rallied for a 4-3 win over the
on Monday despite losing their smooth-fielding shortstop.
Tulowitzki left the game in the seventh with a strained lower back after hitting a game-tying single. He's listed as day-to-day.
''I'm not sure what happened. I took a swing and I felt a little something and felt like I was a little locked up,'' Tulowitzki
said. ''I'm a little sore right now and tight. Maybe I'll wake up and feel good to go (Tuesday).''
Tulowitzki tried to convince manager
that he could remain in the game. He nearly succeeded too, until Tracy saw him jog down the first-base line to test his back
and favoring it.
Tracy decided to insert
, not wanting to take a risk.
''You can't lose this guy for an extended period of time,'' Tracy said.
The Rockies ended Cincinnati's seven-game winning streak and maintained their two-game cushion over the
San Francisco Giants
, who kept pace by beating San Diego on Monday.
Stewart delivered the big blow, hitting a solo shot off reliever
(1-1) for his 23rd homer of the season. Fisher, who was called up Monday from Single-A Sarasota, said he threw a two-seam
fastball that stayed over the heart of the plate.
''I let the team down,'' Fisher said.
The homer was a measure of revenge for Stewart, who struck out earlier this season against Fisher in Cincinnati.
''I put a pretty good swing on it,'' Stewart said.
That was the first time all day. Stewart struck out in three previous trips to the plate.
(2-1) earned the win with a perfect eighth, while
, filling in for the injured
, pitched out of a jam to pick up his fourth save in five chances.
Morales, however, certainly didn't make things easy.
The Reds had two on and none out in the ninth, but Morales got
to fly out and then
was thrown out on the back end of a double-steal attempt.
The Rockies were ready for just such a scenario.
''I don't want to sit in my dugout and be surprised,'' Tracy said. ''I want to be prepared. We had a plan of attack.''
That blueprint included throwing behind the lead runner, not going after the speedy
, who was trying to steal third.
Still, it took a sensational scoop by
's throw from the dirt and tag out Rolen.
''There wasn't a steal sign,'' Reds manager Baker said. ''(Phillips) has a green light. (Rolen) had a big lead and when he
saw Brandon run ... they made a good play. That was a key play because we had Morales on the ropes.''
Yet Morales wiggled out of trouble, striking out
to end the game.
went six innings in the no-decision, marking the 25th straight start he's gone at least six. His three runs allowed, though,
were the most since July 27 against the Mets in New York.
After the game, the flamethrower said he tweaked his left hamstring running the bases and that it affected his fastball. So
Jimenez went with a steady diet of breaking pitches.
Jimenez said he doesn't expect to miss his next start.
''No, no, no,'' he said. ''I'll get better.''
The Rockies were thrown out twice at home plate Monday, once when
tried to score from third on a pitch that got away from catcher
and again when
tried to score from first on
's RBI single.
No matter, Stewart's blast made up for the baserunning mistakes.
''It's obviously a great game to win, a great game to come back to win,'' Tracy said.
NOTES: Baker said before the game he had no update on the status of RHP
, who left the game Sunday after being hit in the helmet by Atlanta pitcher
. ... Gomes hit a two-run homer in the fourth, his 18th of the season. ... Reds RHP
gave up one run and five hits in 5 2-3 innings.