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Tejada beats Rockies with walk-off homer in 11th

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HOUSTON -- Miguel Tejada was surprised when someone told him that he was the NL's leading hitter.

A batting title isn't a personal goal, but the way Tejada looks at the plate these days, he just might make it one.

Tejada hit a game-winning homer off Josh Fogg in the 11th inning to cap a three-RBI night and lift the Houston Astros to a 3-2 win over the Colorado Rockies on Tuesday.

Tejada went 4-for-6 to boost his average to .362. The four-time All-Star is hitting .427 with 28 RBI in his last 27 games and has at least two hits in his last four games.

Houston manager Cecil Cooper has placed him No. 2 in the batting order for the last 10 games and Tejada said that's the main reason he's been hitting well.

"What I've got in my head is just try to be on base as much as I can," Tejada said. "Right now, I'm really close to leading off. I'm really selective in the pitches to hit, I can wait for the pitch I want. I am really careful with what I do at the plate."

Tejada tied the game in the ninth with an RBI single off Huston Street. He also had an RBI single in the fifth against Rockies starter Ubaldo Jimenez.

He hasn't batted .300 in a season since 2006 and doesn't have a number in mind this year.

"I've never been leading the league [in hitting], not even for one day," Tejada said. "Now, I'm really happy to be leading for a couple of days. But it's not something I'm looking for. Right now, I just want to see how much I can help the team win some ballgames."

Fogg (0-1) got Michael Bourn on a groundout leading off the 11th before Tejada drove a 2-2 pitch into the left-field porch, his sixth homer of the season. It was the fifth time the Astros have won a game in their last at-bat, and the second time Tejada has driven in the winning run. Tejada has six career walkoff home runs.

"He's off to a great start," said Astros slugger Lance Berkman. "That's the kind of player he's been his whole career. It's not really surprising. He's a great player."

Colorado had a chance to score in the top of the 11th.

Omar Quintanilla led off with a single off Russ Ortiz (3-2) and advanced on Paul Phillips' bunt. Ortiz struck out Ian Stewart and backup second baseman Matt Kata made a diving stop to rob Dexter Fowler of a hit.

The Rockies took a 2-1 lead to the bottom of the ninth before Street blew a save for the first time in nine chances this season.

Ivan Rodriguez led off with a single and Bourn reached on a bunt after Street threw wildly to first for an error. Tejada drove in Rodriguez with a bloop single to right.

The Astros' rally ruined an effective start by the Rockies' Ubaldo Jimenez, who allowed seven hits and four walks in six innings. Houston got hits in each of Jimenez's innings, but stranded 13 runners in the game.

"I know my fastball was there, but I was battling with control issues," said Jimenez. "I got runners on every single inning. My breaking ball was good, but they did a pretty good job against me."

Felipe Paulino was dominant early, striking out five of the first 10 batters he faced. But the Rockies took a 2-0 lead in the fourth on back-to-back doubles by Todd Helton and Brad Hawpe and an RBI single by Seth Smith.

Jimenez wasn't as sharp as Paulino early, but kept the Astros in check.

"This was a very tough game to lose," said Colorado manager Jim Tracy. "The way things are going for us offensively, tonight's game just illustrates it. We have no room for error. We had some chances to open this game up, but our pitchers had to be perfect."

Notes

  • The Rockies placed C Yorvit Torrealba on the restricted list for personal reasons and purchased the contract of C Edwin Bellorin from their Triple-A affiliate in Colorado Springs.
  • Astros RHP Geoff Geary threw about 40 pitches in a simulated game on Tuesday. The middle reliever has been on the disabled list since May 14 with tendinitis in his right biceps.
  • Tejada's 16-game hitting streak is the longest by an Astro since Berkman's 17-game streak between April 30 and May 18 last season.
  • Rockies SS Troy Tulowitzki left in the fourth inning with an injured left hand and was replaced by Omar Quintanilla. X-rays were negative and Tracy said the hand was bruised.
 
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Miguel Tejada, who is the NL's leading hitter, drives his sixth homer of the season in the 11th inning.  (AP)
Miguel Tejada, who is the NL's leading hitter, drives his sixth homer of the season in the 11th inning. (AP)

Players of the Game
Houston

M. Tejada
AB 6
R 1
H 4
HR 1
RBI 3
Colorado

B. Hawpe
AB 3
R 1
H 1
HR 0
RBI 1
 
Colorado Rockies
Dexter Fowler, CF5010133 .256
Clint Barmes, 2B5000035 .253
Todd Helton, 1B4110110 .311
Brad Hawpe, RF3111201 .345
Garrett Atkins, 3B4000003 .192
    Huston Street, P0000000 .000
   a- Ryan Spilborghs, PH1000001 .259
    Josh Fogg, P0000000 .000
Seth Smith, LF5011023 .274
Troy Tulowitzki, SS2000011 .218
    Omar Quintanilla, SS3010010 .227
Paul Phillips, C3010100 .300
Ubaldo Jimenez, P2010000 .267
   b- Matt Murton, PH1010000 .275
    Randy Flores, P0000000 .000
    Joel Peralta, P0000000 .000
    Manny Corpas, P0000000 .000
   c- Ian Stewart, PH-3B2000011 .177
Totals40282512  
a-flied out for Street in the 10th
b-singled for Jimenez in the 7th
c-grounded out for Corpas in the 9th
Batting
2B - Todd Helton (11, Paulino), Brad Hawpe (15, Paulino)
SH - Paul Phillips (1)
RBI - Brad Hawpe (40), Seth Smith (12)
2-OUT RBI - Seth Smith (5)
SB - Matt Murton (2, 2nd base off Fulchino/Rodriguez)
Team LOB - 11
Fielding
DP - Atkins-Barmes-Helton, Barmes-Quintanilla-Helton, Quintanilla-Barmes-Helton
PB - Paul Phillips (1)
E - Huston Street (1, Throwing)
Colorado Rockies
Ubaldo Jimenez 6711440 4.11
Randy Flores (H,3) 0.1000000 0.00
Joel Peralta (H,1) 0.2000010 2.84
Manny Corpas (H,3) 1200030 6.08
Huston Street (BS,1) 1210200 3.22
Josh Fogg (L,0-1) 1.1111011 1.35
IBB - Lee by Huston Street, by Berkman
Pitches-Strikes - Ubaldo Jimenez 113-71, Randy Flores 2-1, Joel Peralta 8-6, Manny Corpas 22-15, Huston Street 23-10, Josh Fogg 20-12
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Ubaldo Jimenez 9-3, Randy Flores 1-0, Joel Peralta 1-0, Huston Street 2-1, Josh Fogg 2-1
Batters Faced - Ubaldo Jimenez 27, Randy Flores 1, Joel Peralta 2, Manny Corpas 5, Huston Street 7, Josh Fogg 5
Houston Astros
Michael Bourn, CF4120100 .290
Miguel Tejada, SS6143011 .362
Hunter Pence, RF4000114 .333
Carlos Lee, LF4000114 .313
Lance Berkman, 1B4020110 .238
Geoff Blum, 3B2010201 .270
    Matt Kata, PR-2B1000003 .000
Edwin Maysonet, 2B-3B5020021 .393
Humberto Quintero, C2000010 .242
   a- Darin Erstad, PH1000002 .137
    Jeff Fulchino, P0000000 .000
    Tim Byrdak, P0000000 .000
   b- Jason Michaels, PH1000012 .175
    Alberto Arias, P0000000 .000
    LaTroy Hawkins, P0000000 .000
   c- Jeff Keppinger, PH1000000 .279
    Russ Ortiz, P0000000 .200
Felipe Paulino, P2000012 .091
   d- Ivan Rodriguez, PH-C3110002 .267
Totals40312369  
a-lined out for Quintero in the 6th
b-struck out for Byrdak in the 8th
c-grounded out for Hawkins in the 10th
d-grounded out for Paulino in the 6th
Batting
2B - Michael Bourn (9, Jimenez)
HR - Miguel Tejada (6, Fogg)
SH - Michael Bourn (4)
RBI - Miguel Tejada 3 (32)
2-OUT RBI - Miguel Tejada (14)
SB - Michael Bourn (17, 2nd base off Jimenez/Phillips)
Team LOB - 13
Houston Astros
Felipe Paulino 6522170 6.21
Jeff Fulchino 1200010 3.60
Tim Byrdak 1000100 3.32
Alberto Arias 1000220 3.97
LaTroy Hawkins 1000110 2.38
Russ Ortiz (W,3-2) 1100010 4.73
WP - Felipe Paulino (2)
Pitches-Strikes - Felipe Paulino 87-55, Jeff Fulchino 27-17, Tim Byrdak 14-7, Alberto Arias 27-15, LaTroy Hawkins 20-10, Russ Ortiz 15-9
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Felipe Paulino 5-6, Tim Byrdak 2-1, Alberto Arias 1-0, Russ Ortiz 2-0
Batters Faced - Felipe Paulino 24, Jeff Fulchino 5, Tim Byrdak 4, Alberto Arias 5, LaTroy Hawkins 4, Russ Ortiz 4
Game Information
Attendance - 24041
Game Time - 3:55
Temperature - 73
Umpires - Home - Marvin Hudson, First Base - James Hoye, Second Base - Lance Barksdale, Third Base - Randy Marsh