Tulo heating up as May heats up

Tulo heating up as May heats up

CINCINNATI -- Troy Tulowitzki started slow in the month of May but is heating up toward the end. The shortstop hit just .196 (11-for-56) in 17 games from May 1-20, but in his last four games is hitting .438 (7-for-16) with two home runs, two doubles and seven RBIs.

He went 3-for-4 against the Reds on Friday night for his second three-hit game of the season and his first since April 13. He has five hits in his last two games -- the most he'd had during a two-game stretch this season and the most since Aug. 6-7, 2011, when he had five against Washington.

"I think he's back to his old self," Rockie manager Jim Tracy said. "We've seen in the last few days what our offense is capable of when [Carlos] Gonzalez is doing his thing and Tulowitzki is following up."

Tulowitzki has also doubled in back-to-back games -- this after going going without any doubles through his first 19 games in May. Tulowitzki set a career high with 36 two-baggers in 2011 and has 68 over the last two seasons.

The Rockies, winners of two straight, have scored 24 runs in their last four games.

"Six runs has to be enough [to win games]," Tracy said. "Believe me when I tell you that if you're averaging six runs at the Major League level, that's a lot of runs."