Colorado at Houston

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Astros 12, Rockies 2

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HOUSTON -- There's no place like home for the Houston Astros.

The Astros rebounded from a brutal seven-game road trip with a 12-2 victory over the Colorado Rockies on Friday night.

Houston, which won only the final game of the road swing, has the best home record in the majors at 15-4 and has won five straight games at Minute Maid Park.

Morgan Ensberg had four RBI, including a tie-breaking three-run homer in the sixth inning, and Craig Biggio and Mike Lamb both homered for the Astros, who came up one run shy of their season high.

"It feels good to be back home," Astros manager Phil Garner said. "We had some difficult games on the road. So tonight we put that out of reach pretty quickly."

The loss gave Colorado its first three-game losing streak of the season.

Ensberg took Rockies starter Jason Jennings to a full count with the scored tied 1-1 and the crowd on its feet and cheering wildly. He then homered to left field to drive in Biggio and Lance Berkman.

"During my at-bat you couldn't hear a thing," Ensberg said. "That stuff helps. I mean you can't hear at all. And I just think when it's difficult for you to concentrate because you're not used to it, it helps us because we are used to it."

Jennings (2-3) allowed two hits over the first five innings before Houston tagged him for six in the sixth. He struck out five and walked one. The outing came six days after he pitched a complete game in a 5-0 victory over Houston.

"We got desperate at times and then things got away from Jason," Rockies manager Clint Hurdle said.

He was lifted with two outs in the sixth after an RBI-single by Brad Ausmus.

"They play very well here," Hurdle said. "They're confident, the record speaks for itself and they don't throw away many games here."

Ensberg's single scored Willy Taveras in the seventh and Preston Wilson followed with a two-run triple to make it 8-1.

In the eighth, Eric Bruntlett had an RBI-double and Taveras added a sacrifice fly. Lamb capped the inning with a two-run homer off Tom Martin.

Biggio's solo homer to left tied the game 1-1 in the third. The homer marked the first time Jennings had allowed a run against the Astros in 11 2/3 innings and the homer was Biggio's fourth of the season.

Lamb said he hopes Friday's win will help them forget about the recent road trip.

"It felt like we were on the road for two-and-a-half weeks," he said. "But we're comfortable playing here and the fans really excite us. I just hope all the negative things that happened on the road go by the wayside now that we're home."

Colorado's Matt Holliday had an RBI-single in the third to extend his hitting streak to seven games. Luis Gonzalez added a homer in the ninth off Trever Miller, who was activated off the disabled list on Friday.

Houston starter Fernando Nieve pitched 5 1/3 innings and allowed six hits and one run. Mike Gallo (1-0) pitched 2/3 innings and allowed one hit and no runs to get the win.

Garner followed through on his plan not to use closer Brad Lidge in save situations for a couple of games as he tries to make adjustments to remedy recent struggles. Lidge pitched the seventh inning, allowing no hits or runs with one strikeout.

"I think Brad pitched very good," Garner said. "He felt a little more comfortable with his windup. He was a little freer. His fastball looked good and he had a nice slider. He just needs to get on a roll and get in a good groove."

Notes

Astros RHP Brandon Backe, who has been on the disabled list with a sprained ligament in his right elbow, tossed a few balls Friday. "He'll continue to ramp up his activity, but today was a good sign," Astros general manager Tim Purpura said. "He didn't have any pain or soreness and was able to pop the ball and felt pretty good about it." ... Wilson has a six-game hitting streak. ... Colorado is 20-40 in Houston and has lost 16 of 19 games at Minute Maid Park, their worst record at any park in the National League.

 
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M. Ensberg
AB 4
R 2
H 2
HR 1
RBI 4
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P. Wilson
AB 4
R 1
H 2
HR 0
RBI 2
 

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Colorado Rockies
Cory Sullivan, CF4000014
   a- Choo Freeman, PH0000100
Jamey Carroll, 2B4000111
Todd Helton, 1B5120000
Garrett Atkins, 3B4020002
Matt Holliday, LF4011013
Brad Hawpe, RF2000212
Clint Barmes, SS4000025
Miguel Ojeda, C4000011
Jason Jennings, P2020100
    Scott Dohmann, P0000000
    Jose Mesa, P0000000
    Tom Martin, P0000000
   b- Luis Gonzalez, PH1111000
Totals342825718 
a-walked for Sullivan in the 9th
b-homered for Martin in the 9th
Batting
2B - Garrett Atkins (, Nieve), Jason Jennings (, Nieve)
HR - Luis Gonzalez (, Miller)
RBI - Matt Holliday (), Luis Gonzalez ()
Team LOB - 11
Fielding
DP - Barmes-Carroll-Helton
E - Miguel Ojeda (, )
Colorado Rockies
Jason Jennings (L,-) 5.2855152
Scott Dohmann 1.1332010
Jose Mesa 0.2333000
Tom Martin 0.1111001
WP - Jason Jennings ()
Pitches-Strikes - Jason Jennings 97-61, Scott Dohmann 29-19, Jose Mesa 15-11, Tom Martin 12-7
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jason Jennings 7-4, Scott Dohmann 2-1
Batters Faced - Jason Jennings 25, Scott Dohmann 8, Jose Mesa 5, Tom Martin 2
Houston Astros
Craig Biggio, 2B5221002
    Trever Miller, P0000000
Willy Taveras, CF4121021
Lance Berkman, 1B3110011
   a- Mike Lamb, PH-1B1212000
Morgan Ensberg, 3B4224101
Preston Wilson, LF4122001
Jason Lane, RF4010011
Brad Ausmus, C4121010
Adam Everett, SS4110012
Fernando Nieve, P1000000
    Mike Gallo, P0000000
   b- Orlando Palmeiro, PH1000000
    Brad Lidge, P0000000
   c- Joe McEwing, PH1000000
    Russ Springer, P0000000
   d- Eric Bruntlett, PH-2B1111000
Totals37121512169 
a-awarded first on catcher's interference for Berkman in the 7th
b-grounded out for Gallo in the 6th
c-grounded out for Lidge in the 7th
d-doubled for Springer in the 8th
Batting
2B - Brad Ausmus (, Mesa), Eric Bruntlett (, Mesa)
3B - Preston Wilson (, Dohmann)
HR - Craig Biggio (, J. Jennings), Mike Lamb (, Martin), Morgan Ensberg (, J. Jennings)
SF - Willy Taveras ()
RBI - Craig Biggio (), Willy Taveras (), Mike Lamb 2 (), Morgan Ensberg 4 (), Preston Wilson 2 (), Brad Ausmus (), Eric Bruntlett ()
2-OUT RBI - Craig Biggio (), Mike Lamb 2 (), Morgan Ensberg 4 (), Preston Wilson 2 (), Brad Ausmus ()
Team LOB - 4
Fielding
DP - Ensberg-Biggio-Berkman
Houston Astros
Fernando Nieve 5.1611340
Mike Gallo (W,-) 0.2100000
Brad Lidge 1000010
Russ Springer 1000020
Trever Miller 1111201
IBB - Hawpe by Fernando Nieve
HBP - Atkins (by Fernando Nieve)
WP - Fernando Nieve ()
Pitches-Strikes - Fernando Nieve 99-61, Mike Gallo 5-3, Brad Lidge 12-8, Russ Springer 18-11, Trever Miller 22-10
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Fernando Nieve 5-7, Mike Gallo 1-0, Brad Lidge 1-1, Russ Springer 1-0, Trever Miller 2-1
Batters Faced - Fernando Nieve 26, Mike Gallo 2, Brad Lidge 3, Russ Springer 3, Trever Miller 6
Game Information
Attendance - 39617
Game Time - 3:03
Temperature - 79
Umpires - Home - Angel Hernandez, First Base - Hunter Wendelstedt, Second Base - Sam Holbrook, Third Base - Randy Marsh