Astros 11, Rockies 2
The Houston Astros had a quick answer for the Colorado
Carlos Lee drove in four runs for the second straight game,
Brett Myers won his fourth consecutive decision and the Houston
Astros beat the Colorado Rockies 11-2 on Friday night.
The Rockies scored first and then came the Astros’ 14-hit
Lee’s big night started with a two-run double that was part of a
franchise-record six consecutive hits to start the first inning.
The Astros took a 5-1 lead off rookie Drew Pomeranz (1-1), who was
making his third major league start.
”The biggest thing for us offensively was to be able to answer
back in that first inning,” Astros manager Brad Mills said.
”Getting those six straight hits, it was good to see us answer
Lee became the first Astro to have consecutive four-RBI games
since Lance Berkman on May 30-31, 2000, against Colorado.
”He’s swinging the bat extremely well to be where he is,”
Mills said. ”To be able to come back like that and do what he has
this whole second half has been good.”
Myers (7-13) struck out six, walked one and retired the last 11
batters he faced. Before starting his winning streak, Myers had
lost seven straight decisions. He is 8-1 lifetime against
”I wish I’d started out this way,” Myers said. ”It didn’t
work out so you go out and try to compete. I’ve been keeping the
ball down. Early in the year the ball was elevated a lot. That’s
usually when I get hurt. I just try to keep it down.”
Lee had an RBI single in the fourth and an RBI groundout in the
fifth. Clint Barmes added a solo homer, his 12th, in the sixth.
Pomeranz lasted two innings, allowing seven hits and six earned
runs. Pomeranz had allowed two earned runs in 10 2-3 innings in his
first two starts.
”Unfortunately tonight, for Drew, it didn’t happen,” Rockies
manager Jim Tracy said. ”There was no life to his pitches like he
has seen the last two starts. The ball was flat, and obviously,
that was evident by some of the at-bats taken in the bottom of the
J.B. Shuck led off the game for Houston with a single and scored
on a double by Angel Sanchez to tie it 1-1. Lee’s double scored
both runners and a double by Matt Downs and single by Chris Johnson
made it 5-1.
Finally, Barmes flied out and Humberto Quintero and Myers struck
out the end the inning.
”Everything was up. That’s pretty much all there was,”
Pomeranz said. ”I’ve had stuff happen like that before but not
very often. I looked back at all those balls, and they were bad
pitches by me.”
Eric Young singled off Myers’ glove to open the game and scored
on Dexter Fowler’s double. Pinch-hitter Tim Nelson hit a solo homer
for the Rockies in the seventh off Lance Pendleton.
The Astros have had numerous games with five hits to start the
first inning, most recently June 6, 2010, against the Cubs.
”We started the game sending two hitters to the plate, and we
had an infield hit and an RBI double and a man on second with
nobody out,” Tracy said. ”In order for us to play competitive
baseball and win a couple games, the way it has to happen is we’re
going to need someone to go out there on that mound and give us a
Notes: Colorado’s Matt Downs has 15 pinch-hit RBIs and needs
three more to set a franchise record set in 2001 by Orlando Merced.
Jordan Pacheco has nine RBIs in his first 14 major league starts
for the Rockies. Carlos Gonzalez is the first player in Rockies
history with consecutive seasons with at least 20 home runs and 20
stolen bases. Henry Sosa doubled for his first career hit on
Thursday. He was the sixth Astro to get his first major league hit