The post-Tulo part of the Rockies 2014 season started Thursday at Coors Field with a welcoming barrage of bat shards and a bombed home run.

Charlie Culberson, Colorado's backup everything utilityman, entered the Rockies lineup playing shortstop in place of Josh Rutledge. That sentence alone should be alarming.

Rutledge, who sat against the Reds in the midst of a dry spell, earned an unspoken promotion Wednesday, when all-star Troy Tulowitzki learned he'd miss the final six weeks of the season to undergo surgery to repair a torn labrum in his left hip.

So Culberson was the next-next man up for the Rockies against the Reds. And he filled in nicely.

Culberson's first-pitch, three-run home run in the fifth inning boosted the Rockies to a 7-3 victory over Cincinnati. And his back-handed stop of Skip Schumaker's grounder in the ninth helped produce a 6-4-3 double play that capped the victory.

Colorado (47-74) earned just its fourth victory in 18 games. Cincinnati fell to 60-61.

With injuries wrecking the Rockies this season, the 25-year-old Culberson, now in his third major-league season, had his playing time spike. And he's played just about everywhere, including all infield spots, in the outfield and as a pinch-hitter.

"Charlie's been grinding all year," Rockies manager Walt Weiss said. "That's a tough role to be in — you play every once in a while, you play multiple positions. But that was a big home run from him tonight."

In the sixth, Reds first baseman Todd Frazier racked an inside fastball from Jorge De La Rosa that broke his bat. The top half skidded by Culberson at shortstop before the ball got to his glove. Dodging the wood, he whipped the ball to first to put out Frazier.