Troy Tulowitzki watched on Wednesday, uncomfortable not because of his strained right groin, but because he wasn't playing. The Rockies shortstop wanted to start the game against San Diego after aggravating his leg injury running to first base Tuesday. Manager Jim Tracy and head athletic trainer Keith Dugger advised against it.

"The way he ran that ball out and kept the inning alive for another hitter, that's the kind of effort that was missing last year. Not from him, but from the team," Tracy said.

With caution the plan, Tulo was left sitting Wednesday, encouraging teammates who ended a five-game losing streak on the strength of rookie Christian Friedrich's strong performance.