On Tuesday night, Gonzalez put his signature on a Zack Greinke changeup by blasting it 449 feet to dead center for his longest homer of the year during the Rockies' 4-3 victory over the D-backs at Coors Field.
Gonzalez had endured a 36 at-bat homer drought. During the Rockies' rise to the top of the National League West, he is oddly an illustration of the team's depth, as in The Rockies are doing this and 'CarGo' isn't hitting.
Nolan Arenado -- whose eighth-inning triple won the game for the Rockies -- is carrying the Rockies the way Gonzalez has in the past and is capable of doing again.
Gonzalez's homer is his fifth in 39 career at-bats against Greinke. Gonzalez is 14-for-39 (.359) with five homers and seven RBIs against him. It's as if Grienke's high-quality stuff and approach work for Gonzalez.
"He's the style of pitcher that he's going to give you strikes," Gonzalez said. "He's going to challenge you. At the same time, when he sees that he's in trouble he makes pitches that look like strikes, then they fade away.
"He was in the zone. He was throwing well."
Gonzalez also made a difficult catch in foul ground to retire Paul Goldschmidt in the first, and a diving catch of a David Peralta liner with a runner on to end the sixth.
Gonzalez is 5-for-14 with four runs, three walks and just three strikeouts during the 5-0 homestand -- good signs for a star who is hitting .224.
"Got a changeup from Greinke and hammered it, made two nice plays, almost made a third on the one Lamb ball that short-hopped him," Rockies manager Bud Black said. "I also liked the base hit against [reliever Archie] Bradley, the hard fastball that he sort of blocked and hit it the other way, that's a good sign too.