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Houston at Colorado

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Houston (14-18)000000100182
Colorado (13-18) «10215201x12120

Rockies 12, Astros 1

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DENVER -- Ian Stewart was offered the same piece of hitting advice over and over: Quit being so picky and patient. Start hacking.

The message clicked. A more aggressive Stewart hit a grand slam and a solo shot in the Colorado Rockies' 12-1 win over the Houston Astros on Tuesday night.

"We saw more swings tonight in one game than we'd seen in a lot of at-bats," Rockies manager Clint Hurdle said. "That's what we've talked about. A swinging bat is a dangerous bat."

Stewart was taking too many pitches as he waited for the perfect one. Instead, he was looking at his fair share of called third strikes.

So he adopted a more assertive approach.

"But it's something I'm working on and need to work on," said Stewart, who was hitless in his last 10 at-bats before his homer in the fourth. "I'm trying to put the ball in play."

Stewart's second career grand slam came on a fastball from reliever Tim Byrdak in the fifth inning. His five RBI tied a career high.

Even more, he's looking like the hitter Hurdle remembers from spring training. The one who wasn't so selective.

"I don't know exactly what he was looking for at times, but if you gear up to hit the ball, you've got a chance," Hurdle said. "I just felt sometimes he was trying to figure too much out when the ball's in flight. The game's too quick up for here for that to happen."

Brad Hawpe finished with four hits, including a two-run homer, and drove in a career-high five runs. Todd Helton added a two-run homer in the third.

Ubaldo Jimenez (3-4) turned in his third straight solid start, scattering seven hits and giving up one run over seven innings. He's now allowed just five runs over his last 21 innings.

The hard-throwing Jimenez struck out four as his fastball hit 98 mph at times. He also had pinpoint command, walking none.

"Finally, a game without a walk," he said, smiling.

Jimenez did have two pitches get away from him, sending Carlos Lee diving for the dirt on two balls near his head.

Nothing personal, he insisted.

"Wanted to go inside, got away," Jimenez admitted. "But everything is getting better, especially my fastball."

Lance Berkman will vouch for that.

"I don't think people realize the movement he has," said Berkman, who returned to the lineup Tuesday after missing three games with a sore left wrist. "It makes it tough when you're facing a guy like that. I know his ERA isn't great, but he's the kind of guy that can absolutely dominate and he did tonight."

Astros starter Felipe Paulino (1-3) was roughed up in his first appearance against Colorado, giving up eight runs -- seven earned -- and seven hits in four innings.

Paulino was taking Russ Ortiz's spot in the rotation after Ortiz was moved into the bullpen.

"I thought Paulino threw the ball OK, he just wasn't quite as crisp and sharp as he had been in the past," Astros manager Cecil Cooper said. "I thought he got squeezed a little bit as well. He just didn't make enough quality pitches."

Colorado pushed across a run in the first when Hawpe blooped a double to left that scored Troy Tulowitzki, who showed no lingering issues from a tweaked left quadriceps muscle that led to him being replaced late in a win over Florida on Sunday.

The smooth-fielding shortstop said leaving the game Sunday was simply precautionary.

Tulowitzki missed 46 games last season when he tore the quadriceps tendon in the same leg.

"The extent of the injury is not even close," said Tulowitzki, who finished 2-for-4 on Tuesday.

Notes

Stewart's other grand slam was against Pittsburgh on Aug. 21, 2007. ... Lee turned in a nifty play in left field, robbing Chris Iannetta of a home run in the fourth when he jumped at the base of the wall and reached over to bring back the ball.

 
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Players of the Game
Colorado

B. Hawpe
AB 4
R 2
H 4
HR 1
RBI 5
Colorado

U. Jimenez
IP 7.0
H 7
ER 1
BB 0
K 4
 
Houston Astros
Kazuo Matsui, 2B4000014 .245
Michael Bourn, CF4020010 .295
Lance Berkman, 1B4010002 .187
Carlos Lee, LF4000013 .322
Miguel Tejada, SS2000001 .308
   a- Jason Smith, PH-SS2000001 .000
Hunter Pence, RF4120000 .316
Geoff Blum, 3B4020000 .264
Ivan Rodriguez, C3011002 .275
   b- Humberto Quintero, PH1000010 .000
Felipe Paulino, P1000001 .143
    Tim Byrdak, P0000000 .000
    Russ Ortiz, P1000012 .125
Totals3418105  
a-flied out for Tejada in the 7th
b-struck out for Rodriguez in the 9th
Batting
SH - Felipe Paulino (1)
RBI - Ivan Rodriguez (15)
SB - Michael Bourn (11, 2nd base off Jimenez/Iannetta)
Team LOB - 7
Fielding
E - Kazuo Matsui (2, Misplayed grounder), Miguel Tejada (5, Throwing)
Houston Astros
Felipe Paulino (L,1-3) 4787422 6.93
Tim Byrdak 1111011 3.46
Russ Ortiz 3431041 5.55
Pitches-Strikes - Felipe Paulino 96-55, Tim Byrdak 20-14, Russ Ortiz 57-34
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Felipe Paulino 5-5, Tim Byrdak 2-0, Russ Ortiz 5-1
Batters Faced - Felipe Paulino 23, Tim Byrdak 4, Russ Ortiz 14
Colorado Rockies
Dexter Fowler, CF5110010 .255
Troy Tulowitzki, SS4220012 .248
    Clint Barmes, 2B1000010 .225
Todd Helton, 1B3212102 .343
    Matt Belisle, P0000000 .000
   a- Matt Murton, PH-RF1110000 .333
Brad Hawpe, RF4245100 .359
    Manny Corpas, P0000000 .000
Garrett Atkins, 3B-1B4100103 .202
Seth Smith, LF3100104 .295
Chris Iannetta, C4010014 .213
Ian Stewart, 2B-3B4225022 .211
Ubaldo Jimenez, P3000001 .333
   b- Omar Quintanilla, PH-SS1000011 .143
Totals3712121247  
a-doubled for Belisle in the 8th
b-struck out for Jimenez in the 7th
Batting
2B - Dexter Fowler (6, Paulino), Matt Murton (1, Ortiz), Brad Hawpe (10, Paulino)
HR - Todd Helton (4, Paulino), Brad Hawpe (5, Ortiz), Ian Stewart 2 (6, Paulino, Byrdak)
RBI - Todd Helton 2 (20), Brad Hawpe 5 (25), Ian Stewart 5 (18)
2-OUT RBI - Brad Hawpe 4 (15), Ian Stewart 4 (12)
Team LOB - 5
Colorado Rockies
Ubaldo Jimenez (W,3-4) 7711040 4.73
Matt Belisle 1100000 9.00
Manny Corpas 1000010 5.27
WP - Ubaldo Jimenez (2)
Pitches-Strikes - Ubaldo Jimenez 101-65, Matt Belisle 12-9, Manny Corpas 10-6
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Ubaldo Jimenez 11-6, Matt Belisle 1-2, Manny Corpas 1-1
Batters Faced - Ubaldo Jimenez 28, Matt Belisle 4, Manny Corpas 3
Game Information
Attendance - 23233
Game Time - 2:39
Temperature - 82
Umpires - Home - Larry Vanover, First Base - Dan Iassogna, Second Base - Charlie Reliford, Third Base - Adrian Johnson