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Astros 4, Rockies 3

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DENVER -- Brian Moehler recovered from a rough start and then teamed up with his bullpen to help provide a strong finish for the Houston Astros.

Carlos Lee had a tiebreaking RBI single in the eighth inning among his three hits and the Rockies failed to build on their three-run first against Moehler as the Astros rallied for a 4-3 win Tuesday night.

"I can't explain tonight," said the Rockies' Clint Barmes, who was 0 for 2 with an intentional walk. "We hit him hard in the first, jumped him, and then couldn't put anything else together. We couldn't get anybody on base at the end."

Moehler gave up four hits and all three runs before registering his first out but then slammed the door shut over the rest of his six-inning outing. The Rockies failed to get a hit against the Houston bullpen over the final three innings, with Wilton Lopez (3-0) pitching a 1-2-3 seventh for the win and Matt Lindstrom getting three outs for his 14th save in 17 chances.

"A starter's job is to keep his team in the game and we did that tonight," Moehler said. "That first inning, they got some hits on balls that weren't bad pitches. I made an adjustment, going inside a little bit more after that, and that seemed to help."

The bullpen took over from there, improving the Astros' record to 13-10 when their relievers don't allow any runs.

Houston manager Brad Mills said Moehler's recovery set the stage for success, buying time for the offense to get untracked before handing the game over to the bullpen, which has been a team strength.

"They've been nails, the heart and soul of the ballclub for most of the year," Mills said.

Colorado starter Jeff Francis left after seven innings with a 3-2 lead but the Rockies' bullpen could not protect it.

Pinch-hitter Michael Bourn singled off Matt Belisle (1-2) to start the eighth. Bourn went to second on a balk and advanced to third on Tommy Manzella's one-out bunt single, which caught third baseman Melvin Mora playing back. Franklin Morales relieved and Lance Berkman reached on an RBI fielder's choice.

Rafael Betancourt relieved and after Berkman stole second, Lee hit a broken-bat single to give the Astros their first lead.

"This is baseball," Belisle said. "Sometimes you go through streaks where you can't finish and it swings like this. You have to get after them and play it the right way. The balk is something that can't happen at that time. It can't happen. It is all on me."

Carlos Gonzalez and Seth Smith singled to start the game and Troy Tulowitzki followed with two-run double. Brad Hawpe singled off Moehler, who struck out four and walked three, to score Tulowitzki.

The Astros pulled to 3-1 in the fourth when Jeff Keppinger doubled and scored on Manzella's single. They cut the deficit to one in the seventh when Lee doubled down the third-base line, went to third on Hunter Pence's fly ball and scored on Pedro Feliz's groundout.

Notes

Keppinger singled in the first to extend his hitting streak to 10 games. It's his longest streak since a career-best 14 straight from Aug. 11-25, 2007. ... Astros pitcher Bud Norris, on the 15-day DL with bursitis and biceps tendinitis, experienced tightness and discomfort during a three-inning, 45-pitch simulated game at Round Rock on Monday. He's receiving treatment and will continue his throwing program to tolerance. ... Mora made his second straight start for Ian Stewart, who is resting a sore right shin. Stewart fouled a ball off the shin during the Arizona series last week. ... Colorado reliever Huston Street (right shoulder inflammation) will take the next two days off before making consecutive appearances in his rehab assignment. ... Rockies LHP Jorge De La Rosa (left middle finger) came out of a 30-pitch bullpen session without any numbness in the finger.

 
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Players of the Game
Houston

C. Lee
AB 4
R 1
H 3
HR 0
RBI 1
Colorado

J. Francis
IP 7.0
H 7
ER 2
BB 0
K 1
 

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Houston Astros
Jeff Keppinger, 2B4120001 .308
Tommy Manzella, SS4021001 .199
Lance Berkman, 1B4101002 .253
Carlos Lee, LF4131000 .227
    Brandon Lyon, P0000000 .000
    Matt Lindstrom, P0000000 .000
Hunter Pence, RF4000013 .266
Pedro Feliz, 3B4001000 .236
Jason Michaels, CF-LF4010000 .192
Kevin Cash, C4010011 .195
Brian Moehler, P2000001 .200
    Wilton Lopez, P0000000 .000
   a- Michael Bourn, PH-CF1110000 .279
Totals35410402  
a-singled for Lopez in the 8th
Batting
2B - Jeff Keppinger (17, Francis), Carlos Lee (9, Francis)
RBI - Tommy Manzella (9), Lance Berkman (28), Carlos Lee (29), Pedro Feliz (20)
2-OUT RBI - Carlos Lee (12)
SB - Lance Berkman (2, 2nd base off Betancourt/Olivo)
Team LOB - 4
Fielding
DP - Feliz-Keppinger-Berkman, Manzella-Keppinger-Berkman, Keppinger-Manzella-Berkman, Cash-Manzella
Houston Astros
Brian Moehler 6933340 6.12
Wilton Lopez (W,3-0) 1000010 3.74
Brandon Lyon (H,10) 1000010 3.28
Matt Lindstrom (S,14) 1000110 3.08
IBB - Barmes by Brian Moehler
HBP - Tulowitzki (by Brian Moehler)
Pitches-Strikes - Brian Moehler 86-49, Wilton Lopez 10-8, Brandon Lyon 14-9, Matt Lindstrom 17-10
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Brian Moehler 7-3, Brandon Lyon 1-1, Matt Lindstrom 1-1
Batters Faced - Brian Moehler 27, Wilton Lopez 3, Brandon Lyon 3, Matt Lindstrom 4
Colorado Rockies
Carlos Gonzalez, CF5120003 .305
Seth Smith, LF4110011 .261
Troy Tulowitzki, SS3122000 .308
Brad Hawpe, RF4021001 .285
Miguel Olivo, C4010033 .315
Todd Helton, 1B4000011 .240
Melvin Mora, 3B3010110 .299
Clint Barmes, 2B2000101 .216
   a- Ian Stewart, PH0000100 .272
    Jonathan Herrera, PR0000000 .000
Jeff Francis, P2000112 .000
    Matt Belisle, P0000000 .333
    Franklin Morales, P0000000 .000
    Rafael Betancourt, P0000000 .000
   b- Jason Giambi, PH1000001 .214
Totals3239347  
a-walked for Barmes in the 9th
b-flied out for Betancourt in the 9th
Batting
2B - Troy Tulowitzki (16, Moehler), Melvin Mora (4, Moehler)
RBI - Troy Tulowitzki 2 (31), Brad Hawpe (20)
CS - Miguel Olivo (3, 2nd base by Moehler/Cash)
Team LOB - 7
Fielding
DP - Francis-Tulowitzki-Helton, Tulowitzki-Barmes-Helton
Colorado Rockies
Jeff Francis 7722010 3.45
Matt Belisle (H,6; L,1-2) 0.1222000 2.41
Franklin Morales (BS,3) 0.1000000 3.55
Rafael Betancourt 1.1100010 5.48
Pitches-Strikes - Jeff Francis 83-52, Matt Belisle 15-10, Franklin Morales 3-2, Rafael Betancourt 12-10
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jeff Francis 12-6, Franklin Morales 1-0
Batters Faced - Jeff Francis 26, Matt Belisle 3, Franklin Morales 1, Rafael Betancourt 5
Game Information
Attendance - 26201
Game Time - 2:38
Temperature - 76
Umpires - Home - Bob Davidson, First Base - Alfonso Marquez, Second Base - Tim Timmons, Third Base - Tim Tschida