SAN FRANCISCO -- The bright side of Rockies first baseman Todd Helton showed itself Monday afternoon with his RBI double in a 4-0 victory over the Giants. The bat speed and a swing that stayed behind the ball produced the line drive the Rockies expect out of their No. 3 hitter.But the hit brought him to double figures in RBIs. He's hitting .258 with one home run. Can Helton set aside his tendency to beat himself up to look at the bright side? "No, not really," Helton said. "The only thing I've done good this year is separate my offense from my defense. I've been able to play good defense when I've wanted to sulk and cry about my offense -- not sulk and cry, but you know ..." Helton, who entered the season a .328 career hitter after a .325 performance last season, will turn 38 on Aug. 20, has a history of back trouble, and for the last several years has started slowly in the home run department, so big-time power is more a dream than a reasonable expectation. But one is not many. The RBIs and the lack of drive disturb him. The saving grace is the Rockies entered Tuesday night's game against the Giants a season-best three games above .500. Leadoff man Carlos Gonzalez, No. 2 hitter Seth Smith and cleanup hitter Troy Tulowitzki have provided power lately. "It's not fun to go out and not only do your job bad but to let your team down," said Helton, who said he has looked at video over his last 10 years to study his swing and gauge what his body is capable of producing. "That's one of the beautiful things about playing a team sport is being able to pick up a teammate, being able to help him out. They've basically carried me up to this point, but I'd like to show up sooner or later. ... I'm still confident." Can the Rockies continue to carry a No. 3 hitter producing so little? Helton said he doesn't care where he hits and noted that he hit well when manager Jim Tracy briefly moved him to No. 5 (.333, .568 on-base percentage). Tracy sad he appreciates the unselfishness, but Helton will stay in the third spot. "I just feel very strongly that if we're going to get Todd Helton going, he's hitting right where he needs to hit to give him every opportunity to get himself untracked," Tracy said. "You can't move this guy around and afford the opposition to think to themselves, 'Can we pitch around him here? Do we not even have to bother with him?'"
Rockies to activate Morales
SAN FRANCISCO -- The Rockies are activating left-handed reliever Franklin Morales from the 15-day disabled list and sending righty Esmil Rogers to Triple-A Colorado Springs to become a starter, Rockies manager Jim Tracy announced after Tuesday night's 2-1, 11-inning victory over the Giants.
Morales, who threw five scoreless innings for Triple-A Colorado Springs during his rehab assignment for left shoulder weakness, is expected to join the team for Wednesday's final game of three against the Giants.
Before the injury, Morales served as the Rockies' closer and went 3-for-5 on save opportunities. But Manuel Corpas, who is 5-for-6 on his save chances, has grabbed that job. Morales will join Joe Beimel and Randy Flores as lefties in the Rockies bullpen.
This will be the second time the Rockies have demoted Rogers (1-2, 5.32 ERA) to Colorado Springs, specifically to work in the starting rotation. Rogers has started two of his 11 appearances for the Rockies, but the club views him as a future member of the rotation.
Street to start Friday at Triple-A
SAN FRANCISCO -- Rockies reliever Huston Street, whose season has been marred by a shoulder injury during Spring Training and a groin injury during a Minor League rehab assignment, is scheduled to resume his rehab for Triple-A Colorado Springs on Friday.
Street did not report any problems after facing hitters for 20 pitches on Tuesday at Colorado Springs. Rockies manager Jim Tracy said Street will start Friday's game. He'll also pitch Monday, take two days off, then throw back-to-back games before the Rockies see about activating him.
Jimenez's hot start in rare company
SAN FRANCISCO -- Rockies pitcher Ubaldo Jimenez's strong start to this season is one of the best, in terms of wins, in the last half-century.Jimenez improved to 10-1 with a 4-0 shutout of the Giants on Monday, the final day of May. Since 1952, just 13 pitchers have won 10 or more games before June 1. The most before that date was 13 by the White Sox's Wilbur Wood in 1973, and the Braves' John Smoltz won 11 in 1996. Jimenez's 10 wins tie him with the Giants' Juan Marichal (1966), the Reds' Jim Merritt (1970), the Athletics' Vida Blue (1971), the Athletics' Ken Holtzman (1973), the Padres' Randy Jones (1976), the Tigers' Jack Morris (1985), the Padres' Andy Hawkins (1985), the Indians' Greg Swindell (1988), the Blue Jays' Roger Clemens 1997), the Red Sox's Pedro Martinez (1999), the D-backs' Curt Schilling (2002) and the D-backs' Brandon Webb (2008). Blue, Smoltz and Martinez all won Cy Young Awards at the end of those seasons. Jimenez's current streak of 26 scoreless innings broke his own club record for a starter -- 25 1/3, set earlier this season. According to STATS Inc., the last pitcher to have two scoreless streaks of at least 25 innings was Morris in 1986. And since STATS began tracking the stat in 1974, Jimenez is the only pitcher to accomplish two such streaks before the All-Star break.
Gonzalez opening eyes defensively
SAN FRANCISCO -- Whether he lands hard on the ground or against the center-field wall, the Rockies' Carlos Gonzalez tends to emerge with the ball safely in his glove and a huge smile on his face.
Gonzalez's diving catch of a Manny Ramirez line drive in a victory over the Dodgers on Friday night and his grab against the wall of a Bengie Molina drive in Monday's victory over the Giants were two of several highlight-reel catches. Rockies manager Jim Tracy believes no conversation about the National League's best defensive outfielders should be without Gonzalez.
"I said this last year; he's as graceful an outfielder as I've ever seen," Tracy said. "He never, ever looks like he's groping to get to the ball. He glides to the baseball. Anytime you look up at an outfielder and you see a guy gliding, it obviously tells you that his understanding of routes and how to take them is in place."
Thomas Harding is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.