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DENVER -- Carlos Gonzalez hit a two-run home run, Jorge De La Rosa pitched six solid innings, and the Colorado Rockies beat the New York Yankees 2-0 Tuesday night.

Three Colorado relievers held New York to one hit over the final three innings, with Rafael Betancourt getting the final three outs to earn his ninth save in as many chances.

Yankees starter Hiroki Kuroda (4-2) took the loss despite pitching seven strong innings. He allowed two runs on seven hits in dropping his first game since Opening Day.

De La Rosa (3-3) allowed three hits, struck out two and walked one to rebound from a tough outing against the Dodgers on May 1.

Rain invaded Tuesday's game in the third inning and fell steadily throughout the rest of the night, sometimes heavily.

It didn't seem to bother the pitchers, who had allowed a combined five hits and no runs midway through the sixth.

Kuroda appeared to be in complete control after retiring the first two in the sixth, but Colorado finally got to him.

Josh Rutledge, who had three hits, singled to center. Gonzalez worked the count full before jumping on a 90 mph fastball and driving it into the Rockies bullpen. It was his seventh homer of the season.

Colorado threatened for more when Michael Cuddyer and Todd Helton followed with singles, but Nolan Arenado lined out to right to end the threat.

The Yankees tried to come back in the seventh. Pinch hitter Brett Gardner led off with a walk but was erased on a double play off the bat of former Colorado third baseman Chris Nelson.

Ichiro Suzuki and Chris Stewart had a hit and stole two bases each for the Yankees, who have lost three of four.

Neither team could get a run across in the first five innings because of effective pitching and timely defense.

The Yankees had two runners reach third, but De La Rosa struck out Jayson Nix with Suzuki at third, and Nolan Arenado's play on a slow grounder prevented Stewart from scoring in the top of the fifth.

The Rockies lost some of their punch when an inflamed left adductor tendon kept shortstop Troy Tulowitzki out of the lineup. The swelling is near the area where he had surgery last year, knocking him out of all but 47 games.

An MRI taken Monday morning showed there was no issue with the surgically repaired area and head trainer Keith Dugger said the test came back "clean."

Tulowitzki, who complained of "heavy legs" after the Rockies' road trip last week, sat out Friday's game against Tampa Bay but homered Sunday. He said he was relieved with the MRI results.

"I know a lot of people are worried. But I'm not worried," he said. "I'm relieved because I know exactly what it is. It's just a little sore. I saw the MRI. It looks good. They believe I need some rest. I'm good, though. I hope to be starting tomorrow."

NOTES: Yankees SS Eduardo Nunez was out of the lineup with tightness in his rib cage. Manager Joe Girardi said Nunez has improved, but he wanted to be cautious and shut him down for the first game of the series and most likely Wednesday's game. Nunez, who is the starter while Derek Jeter works his way back from a broken ankle, was replaced by Nix. "Our backups need backups," Girardi said before the game. "This really tests our depth." ... Rockies 1B Todd Helton pleaded guilty Tuesday in an Adams County, Colo., court to a charge of driving while ability impaired. He was sentenced to a year's probation, a $400 fine and 24 hours of community service. Helton was arrested early Feb. 6 after he was spotted driving erratically.
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