There's a kind of slap-hug that Carlos Gonzalez and Troy Tulowitzki share when they greet each other at home plate, like reluctant brothers who don't want Mom to notice they care. Quick, hug it out before anybody sees.

It was on full view Friday night at Coors Field. Gonzalez, who returned to the Rockies' lineup after missing 35 games, ripped a sharp line drive to right field in the third inning off Minnesota Twins starter Kirk Johnson. Tulowitzki, in the next at-bat, pushed an opposite-field home run to right.

Gonzalez jogged in, Tulowitzki right behind him. And the gang — well, most of it — was back together again.

The Rockies bounced the Twins 6-2, looking like the Rockies of old — like the Rockies who tore through pitching with the best lineup in the major leagues through April and into May.

Since then, over the past two months, Colorado has stumbled. With Gonzalez down — he had a "fatty mass with tentacles" surgically removed from a finger — the Rockies went 11-24 in his absence, falling from 28-29 to 39-53 and near the bottom of the National League.

"It's good to see them together again," manager Walt Weiss said of Gonzalez and Tulowitzki. "CarGo impacted the game right away with his defense. It's nice to have his presence in the lineup again. We played a really sound game tonight — very good defensively, and we hit a few longballs."

Earlier on Friday, Rockies owner Dick Monfort apologized for offending fans with callous e-mails. And he wasn't in his usual front-row seat during the game.

Monfort didn't get to see (at least up close) Gonzalez busting back to form.

Weiss moved Gonzalez to right field from left field as a way to make room for more power in the lineup. In the third inning, Gonzalez roped a long throw about 325 feet from right field, on a line to third base, knocking out Minnesota's Brian Dozier. Third baseman Nolan