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Maybe the Houston Astros slugger should moonlight as a psychic.
Loretta hit a two-run homer with two outs in the ninth to lift the Astros to a 9-8 win over the Colorado Rockies, the second night in a row the Astros hit a walk-off home run off Rockies closer Brian Fuentes.
It was the fourth blown save in eight days for Fuentes, and the Rockies have lost eight straight.
With two outs, Fuentes (0-4) walked Lee, who hit a grand slam in the 11th off Fuentes on Thursday night. Loretta followed, homering to the Crawford Boxes in left for his second home run of the season.
"I told him, 'You better be ready. I've got the feeling you're going to do it today,'" Lee said laughing. "If I guessed like that all the time it would be unbelievable."
Lee didn't see his own future, though. He didn't tell Loretta he'd walk before his hit.
"He didn't say that," Loretta said. "He's not that much of a soothsayer."
The Astros are the first team to win consecutive games with walk-off home runs since Tampa Bay did it on May 19-20, 2006, according to the Elias Sports Bureau. It's the first time in franchise history that Houston has accomplished the feat.
Lance Berkman said two straight come from behind wins are good for team morale, but that they can't make too much out of them.
"There's such a long way to go," he said. "We can't get too giddy about two wins."
Colorado manager Clint Hurdle was evasive when asked if Fuentes, who has 20 saves this year, might get a break from closing.
"That's an option," he said. "I'm not going to overanalyze this in the papers. We just need one more out to put it away and we just can't get it."
Fuentes was not available for comment after the game, but his teammates said they aren't concerned about him.
"He's my guy. I've got complete faith in him," first baseman Todd Helton said. "He's the closer. It's a tough job. That's why you pick a guy with the right attitude who's able to bounce back and I know he will."
Dave Borkowski (2-3) allowed one hit and walked one in the ninth for the win.
Hurdle said this stretch has been frustrating for the team.
"It's losing the games that's bothering us," he said. "You can't put your finger on any one thing. It comes down to execution across the board. We just need to keep clawing and working like we have been before."
Berkman drove in two runs on his first triple of the year in Houston's four-run fifth inning. The ball landed just under the wall in right field and Hawpe indicated that it was trapped, but first-base umpire Gary Darling ruled that it wasn't. Hurdle argued the call for several minutes, but it wasn't changed.
Lee followed with an RBI single, and a run-scoring double by Mike Lamb put Houston ahead 7-6.
Helton broke an 0-for-11 streak with a single in the second inning and hit his first home run since June 2 in the fifth to push Colorado's lead to 6-3.
A broken bat single by Taveras drove in two runs in the fourth and put Colorado on top 5-3.
Eric Munson tied the game at 2-2 when his double drove in a pair of runs in the second.
Berkman's solo homer in the third put the Astros ahead 3-2. It marked his third consecutive game with a home run and was his 800th career RBI.
Atkins hit a two-run homer to center field in the second inning. The hit, which bounced off the wall, was initially ruled a triple, then changed to a home run after a short meeting among umpires.
His second home run of the night was a solo shot to center field that tied it at 3 in the fourth inning. It was his sixth game with a homer in his last 15 and his second career multihomer game.
Houston starter Chris Sampson allowed eight hits and seven runs with four walks and four strikeouts in 5 2/3 innings. Colorado starter Josh Fogg gave up seven hits and seven runs in 4 2/3 innings.
|It's a happy homecoming for Mark Loretta (right), who hits a two-run walk-off homer vs. Brian Fuentes. (AP)|
|Players of the Game|
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|Willy Taveras, CF||4||1||1||2||1||0||4||.311|
|Kaz Matsui, 2B||4||0||0||0||1||2||3||.294|
|Matt Holliday, LF||5||0||1||1||0||1||1||.348|
|Todd Helton, 1B||4||2||2||1||1||0||1||.315|
|Garrett Atkins, 3B||5||2||2||3||0||0||3||.249|
|Brad Hawpe, RF||5||1||3||0||0||0||0||.300|
|Troy Tulowitzki, SS||4||1||2||0||1||1||2||.280|
|Chris Iannetta, C||3||1||1||0||2||0||2||.218|
|Josh Fogg, P||1||0||0||0||0||0||3||.125|
|Taylor Buchholz, P||1||0||0||0||0||1||0||.125|
|a- Ryan Spilborghs, PH||1||0||1||1||0||0||0||.304|
|Jorge Julio, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Manuel Corpas, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|b- Cory Sullivan, PH||1||0||0||0||0||0||2||.400|
|Brian Fuentes, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|a-singled for Buchholz in the 7th|
|b-fouled out for Corpas in the 9th|
|HR - Todd Helton (7, Sampson), Garrett Atkins 2 (11, Sampson, Sampson)|
|SH - Josh Fogg (4)|
|RBI - Willy Taveras 2 (19), Matt Holliday (61), Todd Helton (40), Garrett Atkins 3 (43), Ryan Spilborghs (18)|
|2-OUT RBI - Willy Taveras 2 (10), Matt Holliday (17)|
|SB - Willy Taveras 2 (20, 2nd base off Sampson/Munson, 3rd base off Sampson/Munson)|
|CS - Kaz Matsui (2, 2nd base by Sampson/Munson)|
|PK - Willy Taveras (1, Sampson)|
|Team LOB - 11|
|Jorge Julio (H,4)||1||0||0||0||1||0||0||5.84|
|Manuel Corpas (H,16)||1||1||0||0||0||0||0||2.70|
|Brian Fuentes (BS,6; L,0-4)||0.2||1||2||2||1||1||1||3.79|
|IBB - Scott by Josh Fogg|
|HBP - Loretta (by Josh Fogg), Biggio (by Josh Fogg)|
|Pitches-Strikes - Josh Fogg 79-46, Taylor Buchholz 21-11, Jorge Julio 22-11, Manuel Corpas 15-10, Brian Fuentes 17-9|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Josh Fogg 5-5, Taylor Buchholz 3-1, Jorge Julio 1-2, Manuel Corpas 3-0, Brian Fuentes 1-0|
|Batters Faced - Josh Fogg 24, Taylor Buchholz 5, Jorge Julio 4, Manuel Corpas 4, Brian Fuentes 4|
|Craig Biggio, 2B||3||1||0||0||1||1||3||.247|
|Dave Borkowski, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Hunter Pence, CF||5||1||1||0||0||0||1||.336|
|Lance Berkman, 1B-RF^1B||5||2||2||3||0||2||0||.262|
|Carlos Lee, LF||2||1||1||1||2||0||0||.295|
|Chris Burke, PR||0||1||0||0||0||0||0||.229|
|Mark Loretta, SS-1B^2B||3||3||2||2||1||0||0||.333|
|Mike Lamb, 3B||4||0||1||1||0||0||1||.296|
|Luke Scott, RF||2||0||0||0||1||0||1||.240|
|Mark McLemore, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|a- Orlando Palmeiro, PH-RF||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||.266|
|Eric Munson, C||4||0||2||2||0||0||0||.244|
|Brad Ausmus, PR-C||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.264|
|Chris Sampson, P||2||0||0||0||0||1||2||.190|
|Eric Bruntlett, SS||2||0||0||0||0||0||0||.240|
|a-grounded out for McLemore in the 8th|
|2B - Mike Lamb (8, Fogg), Eric Munson (3, Fogg)|
|3B - Lance Berkman (1, Fogg)|
|HR - Lance Berkman (13, Fogg), Mark Loretta (2, Fuentes)|
|SF - Carlos Lee (12)|
|RBI - Lance Berkman 3 (49), Carlos Lee (67), Mark Loretta 2 (27), Mike Lamb (23), Eric Munson 2 (5)|
|2-OUT RBI - Mark Loretta 2 (16), Mike Lamb (14)|
|CS - Carlos Lee (5, 2nd base by Fogg/Iannetta)|
|Team LOB - 6|
|Outfield Assists - Luke Scott 1|
|DP - Scott-Loretta|
|E - Craig Biggio (7, Misplayed grounder), Mark Loretta (4, Throwing), Eric Munson (1, Throwing)|
|Mark McLemore (BS,1)||2.1||4||1||1||1||1||0||2.08|
|Dave Borkowski (W,2-3)||1||1||0||0||1||0||0||4.86|
|HBP - Taveras (by Chris Sampson)|
|Pitches-Strikes - Chris Sampson 104-59, Mark McLemore 39-26, Dave Borkowski 14-9|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Chris Sampson 5-7, Mark McLemore 1-5, Dave Borkowski 2-1|
|Batters Faced - Chris Sampson 29, Mark McLemore 12, Dave Borkowski 5|
|Attendance - 42861|
|Game Time - 3:17|
|Temperature - 72|
|Umpires - Home - Bruce Dreckman, First Base - Gary Darling, Second Base - Jerry Meals, Third Base - Larry Poncino|