The All-Star shortstop appeared to avoid a major injury during a freak incident in San Francisco, but his status is unknown for the Rockies' attempt to continue their success against Giants right-hander Tim Lincecum .
Tulowitzki injured his left leg Monday night when he was struck by teammate Dexter Fowler 's foul ball while standing on the dugout steps. He initially stayed in the came but was removed after hobbling to first on an infield single.
Subsequent X-rays showed no bone break or major damage, and the shortstop is considered day to day.
"All I can tell you is we dodged a serious bullet there," manager Jim Tracy said. "If that ball would have been a couple of inches left, it might have hit him right in the kneecap. We were really fortunate."
That's not a word that would describe the Rockies lately - they're 1-9 over their last 10 games and 1-6 on a road trip against NL West foes.
Colorado - batting .212 over its last eight games - had five hits during Monday's 3-2 defeat, with Wilin Rosario recording his team's lone RBI on a solo homer. Buster Posey and Brett Pill hit RBI singles for the Giants (18-17) in the eighth inning.
With or without Tulowitzki, the Rockies (13-21) will try to continue to make it difficult on Lincecum (2-3, 5.89 ERA). The right-hander gave up a season-high six runs while failing to make it past the third inning for the first time in his career during a 17-8 loss to Colorado on April 11.
Lincecum also surrendered seven runs during a 7-4 defeat last May but only three were earned. His six losses over 18 matchups are tied for his most against any team.
The right-hander, though, is 3-1 with a 1.57 ERA in his last four home matchups against Colorado, but the most recent of those, however, took place Sept. 1, 2010. He's also 1-0 with a 2.08 ERA in his past two starts at AT&T Park.
If he can avoid the big inning, Lincecum might have a chance to continue that success and power the Giants to a season-high fourth straight win. He's allowed a combined seven runs in his last two starts, three during the opening frame of a 6-4 loss to Milwaukee on May 4 and four in the fourth inning of Wednesday's 6-2 defeat to Los Angeles.
Before that frame, Lincecum had fanned six of the 12 batters he faced.
"I thought he had great stuff," manager Bruce Bochy told the team's website. "It was electric at times. He should be encouraged. We are. Unfortunately, that (fourth) inning counts."
Lincecum's first loss since April 16 also marked the fourth time in seven outings this season he's failed to pitch beyond the fifth inning. His counterpart Tuesday, Jeremy Guthrie (2-1, 5.92), had lasted seven innings in three of his four outings this season before going on the disabled list for a sprained right shoulder suffered April 27 after the chain to his bicycle fell off and sent him tumbling on the way to Coors Field.
The only outing in which the right-hander struggled, though, was against San Francisco on April 11. He allowed six runs and nine hits over 3 1-3 innings in that game and is 0-1 with a 9.64 ERA in his two career matchups.
Melky Cabrera had two hits off Guthrie last month and is 13 for 34 (.382) with five doubles in his career versus the right-hander.
Todd Helton 's 13 hits are tied for the most by any batter against Lincecum. He's hitting .371 versus the two-time NL Cy Young Award winner, and Carlos Gonzalez had a pair of RBI triples during the matchup in April.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- Jim Tracy kicked his shoes off, popped out the front of his jersey and leaned back in his chair. After everything the Colorado Rockies have endured lately, forgive the manager if he needed a moment to soak in a victory.
It hasn't happened much.
Marco Scutaro homered off closer Santiago Casilla to lead off the ninth inning and lift the Rockies past the mistake-prone San Francisco Giants 5-4 on Tuesday night. Scutaro smacked a 92 mph fastball from Casilla (0-2) just over the left-field wall for his first home run of the season after Colorado blew a three-run lead.
"It took some character, which I think this team has a lot of," Tracy said. "Now we didn't necessarily have to do it in the fashion that we did."
Just the typical Rockies way.
Troy Tulowitzki , Michael Cuddyer , Carlos Gonzalez and Jordan Pacheco each drove in a run as the Rockies took advantage of three Giants errors to snap a four-game losing streak.
"Losing is no fun," Scutaro said. "It gets tired real quickly. Hopefully this will spark us."
After building a 4-1 lead, Colorado almost collapsed.
Rex Brothers (2-2) struck out Brandon Belt and Melky Cabrera with the bases loaded in the eighth. Rafael Betancourt struck out Nate Schierholtz looking with two on in the ninth - following a questionable check swing a pitch earlier that had Tracy infuriated - for his seventh save in eight chances.
"Stuff like that," Brothers said, "it hasn't been easy yet."
Solid outings by both starters were washed away.
Colorado's Jeremy Guthrie - a former Stanford standout - allowed four hits and one unearned run in 5 1-3 innings in his first start since April 22. He had gone on the disabled list after falling off his bicycle on the way to the ballpark last month.
Tim Lincecum lasted seven innings, striking out seven and walking three for the Giants. At the very least, Lincecum's lethargic starts this season finally disappeared.
Not much else about the final result did.
Gregor Blanco singled leading off the third, stole second and advanced to third on catcher Pacheco's throwing error. He scored on Brandon Belt 's fly out to give San Francisco a 1-0 lead.
A night after taking a foul ball from teammate Dexter Fowler off his left leg, Tulowitzki played through soreness and singled in the fourth to score Gonzalez from second for the tying run. Gonzalez's one-out double that landed inches inside the left-field chalk was the first hit off Lincecum, who gave up little on a cold, foggy night under the lights in San Francisco's windy waterfront ballpark.
"It's not a step forward or backward. It's just another game," Lincecum said. "I put myself in tough situations and I couldn't put a stop to it."
The Giants defense handed Colorado the rest.
Giants third baseman Joaquin Arias left in the fourth after a pitch hit his left forearm. X-rays showed no break, and the team diagnosed Arias with a bruise. Charlie Culberson replaced him at second, moving Emmanuel Burriss to third.
Burriss blew an infield pop by Tyler Colvin for what should've been the final out of Colorado's fifth. He was charged with an error, but San Francisco caught a break when Pacheco - who had reached on a double - only advanced to third on the play. Jonathan Herrera flied out to center to end the inning.
The Rockies refused to let another gift go unwrapped.
Tulowitzki's line-drive single to center in the sixth rolled under the glove of a charging Angel Pagan , allowing the slow-footed Tulowitzki - who might've scored if healthy - to easily jog to third on the error when the ball rolled all the way to the 399-foot sign. Cuddyer followed with an RBI double and Pacheco's sacrifice fly put the Rockies ahead 3-1.
The Giants added another error when catcher Buster Posey threw behind shortstop Brandon Crawford trying to nab Colvin at second. Gonzalez drove in Colvin from third with two outs.
Even still, San Francisco had its shots.
Cabrera's two-run double off Josh Outman highlighted a three-run seventh for the Giants. Pagan's two-out single against Matt Belisle evened the score at 4-all before Culberson struck out with Pagan at third.
"It's good to win," Tracy said, "but let's be mindful of what is still not right."
NOTES: The Rockies optioned RHP Carlos Torres to Triple-A Colorado Springs to make room for Guthrie to come off the disabled list. ... San Francisco opens a two-game series Wednesday against St. Louis, while Colorado returns home for a pair with Arizona.
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