Colabello's slam gives Twins 10-6 win over Astros
Houston manager Bo Porter certainly didn't like the four homers his team allowed on Monday against Minnesota.
But more upsetting to the first-year skipper were the nine walks his pitching staff had in a 10-6 loss to the Twins.
Rookie Chris Colabello homered twice, including a tiebreaking grand slam in the ninth inning, to lift the Twins to the victory.
''Walks were an extreme problem today,'' he said. ''Nine walks - that will hurt you in any game.''
It was 6-all before Chia-Jen Lo (0-3) allowed a single to Brian Dozier with one out in the ninth. Doug Bernier and Chris Herrmann drew two-out walks on full-count pitches before Colabello hit the next pitch into the bullpen in right-center.
It was the first career grand slam for the 29-year-old Colabello, who ended a 0-for-23 skid with a single on Sunday.
The Twins trailed 5-1 after two innings, but chipped away at the lead with the help of solo homers by Trevor Plouffe, Colabello and Dozier. A two-out RBI single by Pedro Florimon tied it in the eighth.
''Offensively we swung the bats well early and could not get anything after that,'' Porter said. ''Their bullpen did a good job of holding it right there and gave their offense a chance for the late inning rally that they put together.''
Plouffe tied a career high with three hits and Dozier's home run gives him 16 this season, which ties a franchise record for a second baseman.
''Offensively for us, we have to continue batting runs,'' Houston's Trevor Crowe said. ''Seven innings left in a big league ballgame, you never know what is going to happen.''
Josh Roenicke (3-1) pitched two hitless innings for the win.
Minnesota starter Andrew Albers allowed nine hits and five runs, tying career highs, in 1 2-3 innings.
''Today I left a lot of balls up and left a lot of balls right over the middle and they made me pay,'' he said. ''It obviously wasn't a very good day.''
Houston's Paul Clemens allowed seven hits and four runs in 3 2-3 innings in his second major league start after making 30 relief appearances.
''You can't be behind in counts consistently,'' Clemens said. ''You have to be ahead of guys and on the attack. My offense did a tremendous job getting us out to a good, early lead. I have to attack, get ahead of guys and get in my favorable counts. I was putting those guys in a position of success getting behind in counts. That burned me.''
Trevor Crowe hit an RBI single that capped a three-run first for Houston.
Plouffe homered in the second. The Astros scored twice in their half.
Castro, Houston's All-Star catcher, was injured in the second inning. He hit an RBI single, which skidded down the left field line to make it 4-1.
Castro left the game after the hit. He appeared to injure himself on the swing on a foul ball the pitch before the single.
He trotted slowly to first base on the hit and chatted with the team trainer and Porter for a couple of minutes before being replaced by Cody Clark.
The injury leaves Clark as Houston's only healthy catcher. Carlos Corporan and Max Stassi are both on the seven-day concussion disabled list.
Porter didn't have an update on Castro after the game.
''I'll wait and see what the doctor says,'' he said. ''I don't want to jump to any conclusions.''
NOTES: The series continues tomorrow when Houston rookie Jarred Cosart (1-1) opposes Pedro Hernandez (3-1). ... Longtime former Astros radio broadcaster Milo Hamilton was at the ballpark on Monday to celebrate his 86th birthday.