PHOENIX -- Because Carlos Gonzalez was in an extended slump, Rockies manager Walt Weiss flipped the left fielder with shortstop Troy Tulowitzki in the lineup for Monday night's opener of a three-game series against the D-backs at Chase Field.
Tulowitzki batted third and Gonzalez batted fourth for the first time this season. The move worked wonders when the lefty-swinging Gonzalez doubled home Tulowitzki against Arizona left-hander Wade Miley in the first inning of the Rockies' 8-5 victory.
Gonzalez finished 1-for-5. He's 2-for-19 (.105) on this road trip and 8-for-59 (.136) with no homers and three RBIs in his last 15 games.
"I've done that from time to time, especially against a left-hander," Weiss said. "There's times I'll flip-flop those guys. Maybe it takes a little of the weight off CarGo's shoulders. Hitting in that three spot, there's some pressure that comes with that. He's still in the middle of the lineup, so it's not really a big deal. So, it's just one of those nights I decided to do it."
Coming into the game, Gonzalez hadn't hit a homer since April 11 at San Francisco and produced a multi-hit game since April 9 at home against the White Sox. For the season, he is hitting .232 with four homers and 16 RBIs.
Rosario day to day with contusion in left hand
PHOENIX -- The word came back to the Rockies on Monday night and the results of an MRI revealed that catcher Wilin Rosario has a contusion of the left hand.
"It's a contusion, not a fracture," head trainer Keith Dugger said after the Rockies defeated the D-backs, 8-5, at Chase Field. "He's day to day."
Rockies manager Walt Weiss sounded upbeat about it before the game. Rosario hurt the hand swinging the bat on Saturday night and there was some fear that the injury might be to the hamate bone. If that particular hook of a bone in the wrist was broken, Rosario would have needed to undergo surgery. But that's not the case.
Weiss said that Rosario was available to catch on Monday but probably couldn't hit. He's batting .244 with three homers and 13 RBIs in 22 games.
"That's good news," Rosario said. "I haven't even tried to pick up the bat yet, but I will [Tuesday]. They'll probably give me another day. That's a big relief."
Jordan Pacheco started behind the plate on Monday. And if Weiss needed an emergency catcher?
"Charlie Culberson said he's ready to go back there," Weiss said about the infielder. "If I need him, I'm not going to ask any questions. That's good enough for me."
Weiss, though, used Culberson to pinch-hit in the sixth inning and never put Rosario behind the plate.
Class A prospect Story falls homer shy of cycle
Shortstop Trevor Story, the Rockies' No. 9 prospect, collected four hits and finished a home run shy of a cycle Monday as Class A Advanced Modesto defeated San Jose, 11-3.
Story scored four runs and finished the game 4-for-5 with a double and a triple. After 25 games, he is hitting .341 with a .994 OPS and 14 stolen bases.
Story is repeating the California League after a disappointing 2013 season. He is already off to a much better start after hitting .151 with a .488 OPS in his first 25 games last year.
Will Swanner, the Rockies' No. 19 prospect, also contributed to Modesto's victory. He went 3-for-4 with a walk, a run and stole his fifth base of the season.
Barry M. Bloom is a national reporter for MLB.com and writes an MLBlog, Boomskie on Baseball. Follow @boomskie on Twitter. Teddy Cahill contributed to this report. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.