DENVER -- Vinny Castilla was more excited about the timing of his big hit than the record he established.
"I was aware of the record after the last game, so when I did it today I knew I had it," said Castilla, who was given a day off Saturday. "It was nice, but the most important thing was that the hit came at a time to make the lead 4-1."
Castilla had two hits and two RBI to pass Todd Helton, who drove in a run in nine straight May 6-15, 2001.
"I am a more patient hitter than before, and I can sit on my pitch," Castilla said. "I am still aggressive with the bat, but I am a little more selective."
Joe Kennedy (3-0) allowed a run and five hits, struck out four and walked two in 6 1/3 innings. It was the second time in his career that he's won three consecutive starts.
"Joe was effective with the same recipe: a two-seam fastball, a tight fastball in, his changeup, and he gave them some sliders against a very good right-handed lineup," Colorado manager Clint Hurdle said. "I think he's pitching at the top of his game."
Mark Sweeney hit his first home run since June 13 for the Rockies, who have never been swept at home by the Astros.
Kennedy outpitched Wade Miller (2-2), who worked seven innings and gave up two runs and six hits.
"Wade didn't pitch a bad game, but Kennedy pitched better," Houston manager Jimy Williams said. "He had our hitters off balance, changing speeds and had location."
Miller tied it 1-all with a two-out single in the fifth inning. Morgan Ensberg doubled off the scoreboard in right and after an out Brad Ausmus was intentionally walked. Miller then singled to left-center scoring Ensberg. Kennedy then hit Craig Biggio with a pitch to load the bases but Adam Everett struck out.
Colorado regained the lead in the bottom half on Sweeney's home run to center.
"I left a fastball over the plate and he hit it out," Miller said. "That ball doesn't go out of any other park but this one."
Kennedy allowed a leadoff single to Ausmus and a sacrifice to Miller before being taken out in the seventh inning. Tim Harikkala came in to get Biggio to ground out to third and Adam Everett to foul out to third.
"Kennedy was effective in the seventh," Hurdle said "The barrels started catching up with him a little bit in the sixth and Ausmus led off the seventh with a sharp single."
Shawn Chacon pitched the ninth for his four save in five opportunities.
Royce Clayton walked and Helton doubled to start the eighth against Brad Lidge. Castilla then hit a two-run single to left field.
Houston had its six-game road winning streak snapped. ... Biggio was hit for the 244th time moving past Ron Hunt for second place all-time. ... 2B Jeff Kent was not in the starting lineup for the second straight game with a sore right quadriceps but struck out as a pinch-hitter in the ninth. ... LHP Andy Pettitte threw a bullpen session before the game. ... Castilla has a 10-game hitting streak. ... The game lasted two hours and 16 minutes, the sixth shortest game at Coors Field.
|Players of the Game|
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|Craig Biggio, CF||3||0||0||0||0||0||2||.329|
|Adam Everett, SS||4||0||0||0||0||2||4||.293|
|Jeff Bagwell, 1B||4||0||0||0||0||2||0||.329|
|Richard Hidalgo, RF||4||0||1||0||0||1||0||.371|
|Jason Lane, LF||2||0||0||0||1||0||0||.333|
|a- Lance Berkman, PH-LF||1||0||0||0||0||1||0||.267|
|Morgan Ensberg, 3B||4||1||1||0||0||0||2||.167|
|Jose Vizcaino, 2B||4||0||0||0||0||0||3||.115|
|Brad Ausmus, C||2||0||1||0||1||0||0||.266|
|b- Jeff Kent, PH||1||0||0||0||0||1||0||.286|
|Wade Miller, P||2||0||2||1||0||0||0||.250|
|Brad Lidge, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Brandon Backe, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Mike Gallo, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|a-struck out for Lane in the 8th|
|b-struck out for Ausmus in the 9th|
|2B - Richard Hidalgo (7, Kennedy), Morgan Ensberg (3, Kennedy)|
|SH - Wade Miller (4)|
|RBI - Wade Miller (2)|
|2-OUT RBI - Wade Miller (1)|
|Team LOB - 7|
|Outfield Assists - Richard Hidalgo 1|
|DP - Ensberg-Vizcaino-Bagwell, Everett-Vizcaino-Bagwell|
|Wade Miller (L,2-2)||7||6||2||2||2||6||1||3.12|
|Pitches-Strikes - Wade Miller 104-66, Brad Lidge 10-5, Brandon Backe 4-4, Mike Gallo 1-1|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Wade Miller 6-8, Brandon Backe 1-0|
|Batters Faced - Wade Miller 28, Brad Lidge 3, Brandon Backe 2, Mike Gallo 1|
|Aaron Miles, 2B||4||0||1||0||0||0||2||.278|
|Vladimir Nunez, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Brian Fuentes, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Shawn Chacon, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Royce Clayton, SS||3||1||1||0||1||1||2||.318|
|Todd Helton, 1B||4||1||1||0||0||1||1||.328|
|Vinny Castilla, 3B||4||1||2||2||0||1||1||.333|
|Jeromy Burnitz, CF-RF||4||0||2||0||0||1||1||.276|
|Charles Johnson, C||3||0||0||0||1||0||1||.318|
|Matt Holliday, LF||3||0||0||0||0||0||1||.414|
|Denny Hocking, LF||1||0||0||0||0||0||1||.259|
|Mark Sweeney, RF||3||1||1||1||0||2||1||.174|
|Rene Reyes, CF||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.161|
|Joe Kennedy, P||1||0||0||0||1||0||0||.125|
|Tim Harikkala, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|a- Luis Gonzalez, PH-2B||1||0||1||0||0||0||0||.262|
|a-singled for Harikkala in the 7th|
|2B - Royce Clayton (3, W. Miller), Todd Helton (7, Lidge)|
|HR - Mark Sweeney (1, W. Miller)|
|RBI - Vinny Castilla 2 (17), Mark Sweeney (4)|
|2-OUT RBI - Mark Sweeney (1)|
|Team LOB - 6|
|Joe Kennedy (W,3-0)||6.1||5||1||1||2||4||0||2.49|
|Tim Harikkala (H,1)||0.2||0||0||0||0||0||0||0.00|
|Vladimir Nunez (H,1)||0.2||0||0||0||0||1||0||2.35|
|Brian Fuentes (H,4)||0.1||0||0||0||0||1||0||2.45|
|Shawn Chacon (S,4)||1||0||0||0||0||1||0||6.14|
|IBB - Ausmus by Joe Kennedy|
|HBP - Biggio (by Joe Kennedy)|
|Pitches-Strikes - Joe Kennedy 78-50, Tim Harikkala 5-3, Vladimir Nunez 16-10, Brian Fuentes 6-3, Shawn Chacon 13-10|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Joe Kennedy 9-6, Tim Harikkala 1-1|
|Batters Faced - Joe Kennedy 27, Tim Harikkala 2, Vladimir Nunez 2, Brian Fuentes 1, Shawn Chacon 3|
|Attendance - 30912|
|Game Time - 2:16|
|Temperature - 45|
|Umpires - Home - Eric Cooper, First Base - Mike Reilly, Second Base - Chuck Meriwether, Third Base - C.B. Bucknor|