That could change, however, as they face a resurgent Cole Hamels .
The Rockies will try to stay hot at the plate and finish their 10-game stay at Coors Field with a .500 record Sunday when they take on Hamels and the Philadelphia Phillies .
Colorado (36-33) snapped their three-game skid on the homestand by scoring six first-inning runs and cruising to a 10-5 victory over the Phillies on Saturday.
The Rockies continue to hit at a torrid pace at Coors Field, ranking at or near the top of the major leagues with 214 runs, 49 home runs and a .286 batting average at home.
They've totaled 17 runs in their first two games since losing Tulowitzki, who is expected to miss four to six weeks after suffering a broken rib Thursday. The shortstop is second in the NL with a .347 batting average, to go along with 16 homers and 51 RBIs.
In the last 10 games overall, rookie Nolan Arenado has hit .400 while Carlos Gonzalez has batted .350 with 18 RBIs. Gonzalez is 6 for 8 with a homer and two doubles in the first two games of this series.
"We can't get CarGo out," Philadelphia manager Charlie Manuel said.
Manuel hopes that changes Sunday with Gonzalez facing Hamels (2-9, 4.45 ERA), who has gotten off to a strong start this month. Gonzalez went 1 for 7 against the left-hander last season.
Since losing a career-worst six consecutive starts, Hamels is 1-0 in two starts this month as he's allowed three runs and struck out 16 in 13 innings.
Hamels gave up two runs over six innings in a 3-2 loss at Minnesota on Tuesday.
"I felt like I was throwing all four pitches for strikes and being aggressive with them," Hamels said.
He's also pitched well against the Rockies, going 3-0 with a 1.95 ERA over his last five matchups with them - all Phillies victories.
Dexter Fowler is 3 for 17 when facing Hamels, though he could be out of the starting lineup for a third straight game with a bruised right knuckle.
Michael Cuddyer has batted .375 over a team-best 13-game hitting streak, but he's hitless in 10 career at-bats against Hamels.
Scheduled Colorado starter Jhoulys Chacin (4-3, 4.52) had gone winless in seven straight starts before beating Washington on Tuesday, when he allowed two runs in five innings in an 8-3 victory.
"It was a long stretch without winning a game, but it finally came," the right-hander said. "Hopefully, this will start a winning streak."
Chacin has had success versus the Phillies, going 1-0 with a 1.37 ERA in three career starts against them.
Philadelphia (33-36) is closing a 10-game road trip seeking its third win in four games.
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|June 09, 2013||Erik Kratz||15-Day DL||Left knee injury|
|May 22, 2013||Chase Utley||Day-to-Day||Sore Ribcage|
|May 21, 2013||Chase Utley||15-Day DL||Strained right oblique|
|May 20, 2013||Ryan Howard||Day-to-Day||Sore left knee|
|May 20, 2013||Carlos Ruiz||15-Day DL||Strained right hamstring|
|May 19, 2013||Carlos Ruiz||Day-to-Day||Strained right hamstring|
|June 14, 2013||Troy Tulowitzki||15-Day DL||Fractured rib, right ribcage|
|June 13, 2013||Troy Tulowitzki||Day-to-Day||Broken rib|
|June 13, 2013||Carlos Gonzalez||Day-to-Day||Bruised left foot|
|June 13, 2013||Dexter Fowler||Day-to-Day||Hand|
|June 11, 2013||Jorge De La Rosa||Day-to-Day||Cut on left middle finger|
|June 10, 2013||Edgmer Escalona||15-Day DL||Right elbow inflammation|
DENVER (AP) -- Jhoulys Chacin walked to the mound in the ninth inning, fired up and ready to finish a gem.
He was nearly unhittable for eight innings and had plenty left in the tank. But with two outs and one strike on Jimmy Rollins , he left a changeup over the plate for an RBI double that spoiled a bid for a shutout.
Ryan Howard followed with a single, and Chacin's day was done. However, he left the field to a standing ovation following the best outing by a Colorado Rockies starter this season.
"I was really pumped up when I finished (the eighth). The last time I pitched here in the ninth was 2011," Chacin said. "I really wanted to finish the inning. After two outs I (said), `You have one out left."'
He couldn't get the final out and instead had to settle for a 5-2 win over the Philadelphia Phillies on Sunday.
Chacin (5-3) gave up six hits, struck out three and didn't walk a batter. His 8 2-3 innings marked the longest outing by a Colorado starter this season, but he missed a chance at his second career shutout and third complete game.
His only shutout was a 5-0 win over the Chicago Cubs on April 15, 2011.
"That's what we've been waiting for," teammate Carlos Gonzalez said. "He's a great pitcher, a great competitor. Too bad he didn't get the shutout, but that was an outstanding performance."
Rex Brothers got the final out for his third save of the season.
Wilin Rosario and Gonzalez homered for Colorado. The teams combined for 30 runs and 55 hits in splitting the first two games of the series, but pitchers dominated the finale at Coors Field.
Phillies starter Cole Hamels (2-10) was sharp early, but Chacin was efficient throughout. Chacin needed just 74 pitches - 59 strikes - to get through the first eight innings and he had only one three-ball count, to Rollins in the fourth inning.
Chacin retired 14 in a row after Dominic Brown's one-out single in the second. Kevin Frandsen led off the seventh with a single but was wiped out on a double play. Howard followed with a single up the middle against the shift, but Brown grounded out to end the inning.
"What he was doing wasn't hard to figure out," Phillies manager Charlie Manuel said. "He was throwing first-pitch strikes. He was getting ahead of us, and then we were chasing balls out of the strike zone."
Chacin looked as though he was going to go the distance. In the ninth, he gave up a one-out single to Ben Revere , who moved to second on Frandsen's groundout. Rollins drove him in with a line drive to the wall just over the head of right fielder Michael Cuddyer .
"I was pretty close, but to be honest with you with my ribs I got scared," said Cuddyer, who missed five games last week with a rib injury. "Scared of the wall. No question about it. I know in my mind with my ribs and the wall right there, I felt that warning track, all that together I got a little nervous."
After Howard's RBI single, Rockies manager Walt Weiss went to remove Chacin to a chorus of boos from the 45,186 fans, who were hoping to see the first complete game by a Rockies starter in two seasons.
"I was pulling for a complete game as much as anybody, but once he got to that situation the right thing to do was go get Rex to finish that," Weiss said. "That's about as good a performance as I've seen in a while by Jhoulys."
Chacin threw just 17 balls in his 86 pitches and had a first-pitch strike on 26 of the 31 batters he faced. The last strike to Howard ended his day earlier than he hoped.
"I thought (Weiss) was going to give me one more hitter," Chacin said. "I wanted to finish the game and I couldn't."
Hamels has lost two straight decisions and eight of his last nine. His only mistake was leaving a 91 mph fastball up to Rosario, who lined it into the left-field seats on the first pitch of the bottom of the second. It was Rosario's 11th home run of the season.
Hamels matched Chacin for the next four innings, retiring 12 in a row until Gonzalez led off the seventh with an infield single and Cuddyer blooped a double down the right field line.
The Rockies cashed in both runners on Jordan Pacheco 's groundout and Nolan Arenado 's double to make it 3-0.
Hamels allowed three runs on six hits, walked two and struck out seven.
"It was a pitchers' battle," Hamels said. "Ultimately he came out on top, and here I am again."
Gonzalez hit a two-run homer off reliever Justin De Fratus in the eighth to make it 5-0. It was his NL-leading 20th home run of the year.
NOTES: The last Rockies shutout was by Ubaldo Jimenez against the Dodgers on June 1, 2011. ... Cuddyer finished with two hits to extend his hitting streak to 14 games. It's the longest by a Colorado player this season. ... The Rockies selected the contract RHP of Logan Kensing from Triple-A Colorado Springs and optioned RHP Chris Volstad . ... Phillies C Carlos Ruiz (right hamstring strain) went 0 for 2 in his first rehab start with Triple-A Lehigh on Saturday. ... Rockies OF Dexter Fowler returned to the lineup after sitting out Saturday. Fowler hadn't started since being hit on the right hand by a pitch on Thursday. ... RHP John Lannan (0-1) is expected to be activated from the DL on Monday to start the series opener against Washington. ... Rockies LHP Jorge De La Rosa (7-4) will open Colorado's nine-game road trip in Toronto on Monday.