The shortstop looks to continue providing a spark at the plate as the Colorado Rockies go for a seventh win in 10 games against Arizona on Saturday night.
Tulowitzki is hitting .383 with five homers, 17 RBIs and a .455 on-base percentage over his last 13 meetings with Arizona. He's plated 10 of those runs while going 8 for 20 with three homers in the past six matchups.
Tulowitzki came up big again Friday, connecting for a three-run double in the fifth inning to put the Rockies up for good in a 6-3 win. He also had an RBI double in Thursday's 3-2 loss to open this four-game set.
Colorado (15-8) has won six of the last nine meetings, but it may be in for stiff tests in the final two games of this series with Arizona (13-10) scheduled to start southpaws Wade Miley and Patrick Corbin , who have combined to go 4-0 with a 2.24 ERA.
In fact, each of the next four pitchers the Rockies face will be lefties.
"It's definitely better than having them separate, having lefty-righty, lefty-righty," Tulowitzki told the team's official website. "We know we're up against a few of them. I actually feel good up there against lefties."
Tulowitzki, though, has a .159 average against left-handers since the start of 2012 - 2 for 17 this season - after hitting .346 over the previous two years. He's also 0 for 6 versus Miley, Saturday's starter.
The Rockies are fourth in the NL with a .271 average off lefties, with Michael Cuddyer going 5 for 14.
Miley (2-0, 2.77 ERA) is 4-0 with a 3.11 ERA in six games - five starts - against Colorado, going 2-0 with a 2.49 ERA in three home outings.
He hasn't won since his only start at Chase Field, yielding two runs in 6 2-3 innings of a 10-2 victory over Pittsburgh on April 10.
Miley doesn't have a decision in two starts since, but left with the lead during Monday's 5-4 loss at San Francisco. He allowed two runs in the first inning but settled down to toss 5 2-3 scoreless, only to have the bullpen surrender three runs in the last two frames.
He gave himself the lead with his first career homer - a solo shot - in the fifth.
The Rockies will send Jeff Francis (1-2, 8.44) to the mound on three days' rest due to Tuesday's doubleheader.
They were swept in that twinbill with Atlanta, and Francis was charged with a 4-3 defeat in the opener. He allowed four runs - all on three homers - in four innings.
The veteran lefty is 3-2 with a 4.99 ERA in eight career starts on three days' rest, all coming last year when Colorado experimented with a four-man rotation.
Francis has won his last two start at Arizona, compiling a 2.45 ERA.
It's unclear if the Diamondbacks will have Didi Gregorius back after he suffered a contusion to the right temple after being hit near the top of the helmet with a pitch from reliever Josh Outman on Friday.
The rookie shortstop, who is 11 for 27 with two homers, is expected to undergo further tests.
Miguel Montero is 3 for 26 over his last seven games, but he's 5 for 11 with a homer off Francis.
|April 20, 2013||Todd Helton||15-Day DL||Left forearm inflammation|
|April 20, 2013||Jhoulys Chacin||15-Day DL||Left lower back strain|
|February 14, 2013||Edwar Cabrera||60-Day DL||Left shoulder impingement|
|April 26, 2013||Didi Gregorius||Day-to-Day||Left game - right temple contusion|
|April 15, 2013||Aaron Hill||15-Day DL||Broken left hand|
|April 14, 2013||Aaron Hill||Day-to-Day||Left game - sore left hand|
|April 13, 2013||Jason Kubel||15-Day DL||Strained left quad|
|March 31, 2013||Didi Gregorius||15-Day DL||Right elbow strain|
|March 31, 2013||Didi Gregorius||15-Day DL||Right elbow strain|
PHOENIX (AP) -- Extra-inning games seem to suit the Arizona Diamondbacks quite well.
The Diamondbacks improved to 6-0 in extra frames this season after beating the Colorado Rockies 3-2 in 10 innings on Saturday night. Cody Ross hit a long fly ball to center field that allowed A.J. Pollock to score from third base without a throw, and Ross' teammates sprinted from the dugout to congratulate him after Pollock crossed home plate.
Ross also tripled in a run in the first inning to give Arizona a 2-0 lead, three batters after Pollock hit a solo home run.
J.J. Putz earned the win with a scoreless top of the 10th to improve to 2-0. Pollock led off the bottom of the inning with a single off Edgmer Escalona (1-1).
With one out, he stole second base and went to third on a throwing error by Rockies catcher Wilin Rosario . The Rockies then intentionally walked Miguel Montero to have Escalona face Ross.
Ross hit a ball more than 400 feet to center and the Rockies had no chance to throw out the speedy Pollock.
"That guy has good stuff. He throws hard and has a good slider," Ross said of Escalona. "I was just looking for something out over the plate that I could get some good wood on and fortunately it got in the air and Pollock was able to score easily."
The Diamondbacks turned three double plays in the first five innings.
The Rockies loaded the bases in the first and fifth innings against Diamondbacks starter Wade Miley , but failed to score each time.
On the night of a garden gnome giveaway promotion bearing his name, Miley struggled with his control more than in any of his previous four starts this season. He lasted only 4 1-3 innings and threw 98 pitches, walking seven.
Miley walked four in the first inning, but got out of the situation with a double play and a strikeout.
"I just didn't have it tonight and that was pretty much the bottom line. I tried to battle through it but didn't have it," Miley said. "I was scuffling out there. I was lucky."
Rosario homered off reliever Brad Ziegler in the sixth, and the Rockies tied it 2-2 when Troy Tulowitzki singled in Dexter Fowler with two outs in the seventh.
Fowler had reached second on a hustle double, sliding head first and avoiding the tag. Tulowitzki was thrown out at second trying to stretch his hit into a double.
The Diamondbacks had a chance to take the lead in the seventh, but Gerardo Parra was stranded after he singled and reached third base on a wild pitch.
The Rockies had their best late chance in the eighth when Michael Cuddyer and Rosario singled to start the inning.
But Cuddyer was picked off on a throw the catcher, Montero, made to shortstop Cliff Pennington and Rosario was doubled off second base after straying too far off the bag on a line out to Parra in right field.
Cuddyer was incredulous at being picked off, and described the game as odd.
"I think that's a good word," Cuddyer said. "Sometimes it happens , unfortunately. You don't get the big hit and we didn't. We had a lot of opportunities to get it, but we just didn't come up with it."
NOTES: Diamondbacks shortstop Didi Gregorius felt soreness from the contusion on the right side of his head a day after being hit in the helmet by a pitch from the Rockies' Josh Outman in the seventh inning Friday. Gregorius did not play in Saturday's game. ... The Diamondbacks played a man short on their 25-man active roster on Saturday while deciding whether to make a roster move involving Gregorius. ... Diamondbacks OF Jason Kubel , on the 15-day disabled list with a strained left quadriceps, played in an extended spring training game Saturday and is scheduled to continue his rehabilitation at Triple-A Reno on Monday and Tuesday.