LOS ANGELES -- Rockies outfielder Carlos Gonzalez's role in the 12-2 rout of the Dodgers on Monday night might have unlocked his swing.
Gonzalez entered in a 4-for-35 slump. But he had three hits of many varieties -- a double off the wall, an infield single and, in the ninth inning after the Dodgers used infielder Skip Schumacker as pitcher, a solid single up the middle.
"CarGo had some good at-bats, looked comfortable in the box," Rockies manager Walt Weiss said before Tuesday's game. "He's such a talented player he's not going to struggle for long.
Gonzalez carried that over in Tuesday's game, drilling a solo home run in the first inning.
Gonzalez didn't start Sunday's finale of three games with the D-backs but struck out in a pinch-hit at-bat. But Weiss wasn't going to sit him long. Putting him back in his familiar No. 3 spot paid dividends immediately Monday night.
"All it takes is one swing," said Gonzalez. "We're all going to go through bad moments, but at the same time I can go off in one series."
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