Astros 11, Rockies 2

The Houston Astros had a quick answer for the Colorado

Rockies.

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

explosion.

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

back.”

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

Colorado.

”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

first inning.”

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

quality start.”

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

this season.