The Grand Slam: Troy Tulowitzki stays hot as Rockies top Rangers

Troy Tulowitzki was named the National League player of the month for April on Monday afternoon, then Monday night he went out and played like he was trying to win two straight.

Tulo powered the Colorado Rockies to another win, 8-2 over the Texas Rangers, by hitting two homers and driving in four runs. After Monday night's showing, Tulowitzki is hitting .408 (tops in MLB), with nine homers (second in NL) and 29 RBIs (second in NL). 

"You try to ride the wave," Tulowitzki said after the game. "I come here to work and not get too confident that this comes easy, because it doesn't" ...

"Hopefully, these guys are realizing that we have a good team," Tulowitzki said. "We talked about that so much in spring training, but at times until you get results it's hard to buy into that. But I think now guys are starting to get that confidence up."

The Rockies are now 20-14, second in the NL West, and while Tulowitzki is a big part of that, he's not the only one. Another big contributor has been third baseman Nolan Arenado who upped his hitting streak to 25 games with a two-run homer.

The Detroit Tigers came into Monday's game winners of five straight, sending reigning Cy Young winner Max Scherzer to the mound against the Houston Astros. You can guess what happened, right? Scherzer cruised, striking out nine and giving up only three hits over eight innings. 

The Tigers won 2-0 behind a Rajai Davis RBI single and Victor Martinez homer. Perhaps the Astros will have better luck Tuesday facing rookie Robbie Ray, making his MLB debut for the Tigers.

The San Francisco Giants beat the Pittsburgh Pirates 11-10 in 13 innings on Monday night. There were 36 hits, 14 pitchers and five hours and 29 minutes of baseball.

Most incredibly, the Giants were losing 8-2 at one point. They scored five runs in the sixth inning to make it close, and had a lot more fight left. After the Pirates scored again, the Giants tied it at 9 in the seventh, then at 10 in the top of the ninth on a Buster Posey single. It took a couple more innings, but the Giants went ahead in the 13th when pitcher Jean Machi laid down a bunt and Hunter Pence scored on a throwing error.

Theirs wasn't the sexiest game of the night, but the Minnesota Twins and Cleveland Indians provided fans with quite a duel — a 0-0 thriller that went into the 10th inning before Minnesota's Eduardo Escobar hit a solo go-ahead homer to give Minnesota the 1-0 win.

Kyle Gibson of the Twins and Zach McAllister of the Indians had good starts and the respective bullpens stayed the course until Indians closer John Axford gave up the homer to Escobar. Axford also took a loss Sunday night.

For the rest of Monday's actions, check out our scoreboard.

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