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De La Rosa outduels Kuroda, Rockies beat Yanks 2-0

Wednesday - 5/8/2013, 1:30am  ET

New York Yankees' Ichiro Suzuki, of Japan, catches a fly ball hit by Colorado Rockies' Yorvit Torrealba (8) during the fifth inning of a baseball game, Tuesday, May 7, 2013, in Denver. (AP Photo/Jack Dempsey)

AP Sports Writer

DENVER (AP) -- Carlos Gonzalez is learning to make the most of Colorado's wintry weather.

The Venezuelan slugger who jokes that he gets goose bumps when it's 80 degrees, much less half that, has played through snow, bitter cold and winds at Coors Field this season.

On Tuesday night, it was lightning and a steady rain.

"Hopefully in two months we'll play in good weather here," Gonzalez cracked after his two-run homer off Hiroki Kuroda provided the only offense in the Rockies' 2-0 win over the New York Yankees.

Jorge De La Rosa pitched six scoreless innings, and the Yankees, despite a stellar start from Kuroda, lost their fifth straight game at Coors Field, dating to an interleague series in 2002. They were swept in a three-game set in 2007 in their last trip to Denver's downtown ballpark.

Gonzalez broke a scoreless tie with two outs in the sixth when he sent a full-count pitch from Kuroda into the right field bullpen with a runner on.

"It was a good pitch, too," said Gonzalez, whose homer followed a two-out single by Josh Rutledge.

"I was trying to go up and in with a four-seam fastball," Kuroda said through an interpreter. "There was also a part of me that I didn't want to walk him in that situation, so I guess I went to challenge him with my fastball. I was aiming up and in with the fastball but it kind of got into the lower part of the plate."

While the Yankees have had a makeshift lineup all season due to injuries, the Rockies were without star shortstop Troy Tulowitzki, the NL's second-leading hitter who was held out with lingering soreness in his left leg.

That meant Gonzalez didn't have any protection in the order, just like last year when Tulowitzki missed most of the year with a groin injury and the Rockies lost a franchise-worst 98 games.

"It's obviously hard. You want to have that guy every single game," Gonzalez said. "He's a game-changer. He can do a lot of things offensively, defensively, but it is what it is. The good thing is ... it's not too bad and he'll be back."

Tulowitzki expects to return to the lineup Wednesday night.

"He needs to take care of himself. We can't afford to lose him the whole year like we did last year," Gonzalez said. "If you have to sit down one, two games, that's fine with us. But he's very important for this franchise. We need him in the lineup."

The rain had lightened just a tad when Gonzalez stepped up to the plate on the sixth.

"I always have a good feeling when CarGo's in the box," Rockies manager Walt Weiss said. "That's what he can do. He can change the game with one swing. And that's what it took tonight. Kuroda did a great job and it was one swing by CarGo that was the difference."

Michael Cuddyer and Todd Helton followed with hard singles to put runners at the corners and Kuroda's wild pitch sent Helton to second but Cuddyer had to hold up when the ball caromed off the backstop and back to catcher Chris Stewart. Kuroda then got rookie Nolan Arenado to line out to right to end the inning.

In his first loss since April 3 against Boston, Kuroda (4-2) allowed just two earned runs on seven hits over seven innings. He fell to 1-6 against Colorado in 11 career starts.

De La Rosa (3-3) allowed three hits, walked one and struck out a pair in improving to 3-0 with a 0.98 ERA lifetime against the Yankees.

De La Rosa said he was watching TV in the trainer's room just before his start Tuesday night when he saw Blue Jays pitcher J.A. Happ get hit in the head by a line drive and taken off the field on a stretcher during Toronto's 6-4 win over the Tampa Bay Rays.

"When I see that happen, I don't want to tell you now, but I feel a little scared when I was pitching," De La Rosa said. "But I tried just to not think too much about that but just throw my game."

De La Rosa was the best he's been at any time since coming back from Tommy John elbow surgery late last year.

"It's hard to win games when you get four hits and don't put any runs on the board," Yankees outfielder Vernon Wells said. "Kuroda threw the ball well. We just couldn't do anything to support him."

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