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Houston at Colorado

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Houston (42-88)22101000006141
Colorado (63-68) «40020000017131

Rockies 7, Astros 6 (10)

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DENVER -- The Colorado Rockies know the odds are against them making another run at the playoffs. History and a strong homestand have them believing they can win the NL West.

Troy Tulowitzki scored from third on a wild pitch in the bottom of the 10th inning and the Rockies beat the Houston Astros 7-6 on Wednesday to complete a three-game sweep.

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Mark Ellis had four hits, and Tulowitzki and Carlos Gonzalez each homered for the Rockies, who have won five straight for the first time since April 15.

The streak moved the Rockies eight games behind first-place Arizona. After making late-season runs in 2007 and '09 to reach the postseason, they feel they can overcome the deficit.

"We've done it before. If one thing's in our favor, of all the teams, we've been here before," Tulowitzki said. "We have to use that to our advantage. It's still a longshot, but if anybody can do it, it'll be us."

After taking four of six games against Florida and Los Angeles, the Rockies earned a hard-fought sweep of the Astros on a wild finish.

Tulowitzki reached on a one-out walk and went to third on Jonathan Herrera's single to center. After an intentional walk to Kevin Kouzmanoff, reliever Aneury Rodriguez (1-5) uncorked a wild pitch to Eliezer Alfonzo and Tulowitzki trotted home with the winning run.

"It's kind of a weird way to win a game but we'll take it," Tulowitzki said. "Any win we can get we'll take it."

The win overshadowed Colorado facing Houston starter Wandy Rodriguez. Multiple media outlets reported Tuesday that Rodriguez was claimed off waivers by Colorado. The deadline to make a deal is 1 p.m. Thursday, or the Astros can let Rodriguez clear waivers, which would allow the Rockies to acquire him.

The Astros could also pull Rodriguez off waivers, meaning he would stay on Houston's roster for the rest of the season.

Rodriguez said the uncertainty didn't bother him Wednesday.

"I thought about it a lot [Tuesday] night," he said. "I didn't know if I would be pitching here or over there."

The Rockies said it wasn't odd facing a possible teammate.

"We'd welcome him. Obviously some things have to fall into place," Tulowitzki said. "He's a proven pitcher at this level and he'd be a nice addition. At the same time if we can't come to something, what we have in this locker room is still good enough to make a run."

The Astros gave Rodriguez some early support against Rockies starter Aaron Cook, scoring twice in the first on an RBI double by Carlos Lee and a single by Brian Bogusevic.

Colorado responded with four in the bottom of the inning, capped by Tulowitzki's two-run homer, his 26th of the year.

Houston tied it in the second. Clint Barmes led off with his ninth homer, Carlos Corporan tripled and Rodriquez singled to right. The Astros took a 5-4 lead on Jimmy Paredes' RBI groundout in the fourth.

Gonzalez gave the Rockies a 6-5 lead with a two-run homer in the fourth, his 23rd. Houston tied it on Paredes' RBI single in the fifth.

Rodriguez allowed six runs, four earned, on 10 hits, struck out two and walked four in six innings.

Cook was going for his second straight win at Coors Field this season. He lasted just five innings, allowing six runs, five earned, on 11 hits.

Matt Belisle (9-4), the Rockies' fifth pitcher, got the win to send them west with something to play for.

"Now because of some of the things that are taking place this becomes a very interesting nine-game road trip," manager Jim Tracy said.

Notes

Gonzalez extended his hit streak to 12 games. He has an RBI in nine straight games. ... Before the game, the Rockies called up Kouzmanoff and started him at third base. Colorado optioned INF Chris Nelson to make room for Kouzmanoff. ... Following the game the Astros recalled RHP J.A. Happ from Triple A and optioned outfielder J.B. Shuck. Happ will start Friday against the Giants. .. The Rockies will open a nine-game road trip Friday in Los Angeles. RHP Esmil Rogers will face the Dodgers for the second time in six days. The Astros head to San Francisco to start a four-game weekend series against the Giants. RHP Henry Sosa will start the opener.

 
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Players of the Game
Colorado

C. Gonzalez
AB 5
R 2
H 2
HR 1
RBI 3
Houston

B. Bogusevic
AB 4
R 0
H 3
HR 0
RBI 1
 
Houston Astros
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Jordan Schafer, CF5020011 .244
J.B. Shuck, LF4100113 .250
Matt Downs, 2B-3B5220001 .274
Carlos Lee, 1B5111002 .261
Brian Bogusevic, RF4031000 .329
Jimmy Paredes, 3B4022010 .304
    Mark Melancon, P0000000 .000
   a- Angel Sanchez, PH1000001 .246
    Aneury Rodriguez, P0000000 .000
Clint Barmes, SS4121002 .251
Carlos Corporan, C4110021 .195
Wandy Rodriguez, P3011010 .157
    Wilton Lopez, P0000000 .000
    Wesley Wright, P0000000 .000
    David Carpenter, P0000000 .000
    Jose Altuve, 2B1000010 .310
Totals40614617  
a-grounded out for Melancon in the 10th
Batting
2B - Matt Downs (15, Cook), Carlos Lee (29, Cook), Brian Bogusevic (7, Belisle)
3B - Carlos Corporan (1, Cook)
HR - Clint Barmes (9, Cook)
SF - Brian Bogusevic (1)
RBI - Carlos Lee (70), Brian Bogusevic (13), Jimmy Paredes 2 (12), Clint Barmes (27), Wandy Rodriguez (3)
2-OUT RBI - Carlos Lee (26), Jimmy Paredes (7)
CS - Brian Bogusevic (2, Home by Cook/Alfonzo)
Team LOB - 6
Fielding
DP - Paredes-Lee
E - Matt Downs (6, Misplayed grounder)
Houston Astros
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Wandy Rodriguez 61064422 3.41
Wilton Lopez 0.2100000 2.95
Wesley Wright 0.1000000 2.25
David Carpenter 0.1000100 3.07
Mark Melancon 1.2100220 3.26
Aneury Rodriguez (L,1-5) 0.1111210 4.86
IBB - Tulowitzki by Wandy Rodriguez, C. Gonzalez by David Carpenter, Helton by Mark Melancon, Kouzmanoff by Aneury Rodriguez
HBP - Young (by David Carpenter)
WP - Aneury Rodriguez 2 (2)
Pitches-Strikes - Wandy Rodriguez 111-64, Wilton Lopez 7-5, Wesley Wright 1-1, David Carpenter 11-5, Mark Melancon 27-14, Aneury Rodriguez 22-8
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Wandy Rodriguez 12-4, Wilton Lopez 1-1, David Carpenter 1-0, Mark Melancon 2-1
Batters Faced - Wandy Rodriguez 32, Wilton Lopez 3, Wesley Wright 1, David Carpenter 3, Mark Melancon 8, Aneury Rodriguez 4
Colorado Rockies
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Eric Young Jr., LF5210002 .236
Dexter Fowler, CF5121003 .266
Carlos Gonzalez, RF5223121 .289
Troy Tulowitzki, SS3222312 .305
Ty Wigginton, 1B3000102 .251
   a- Jason Giambi, PH0000100 .276
    Esmil Rogers, PR0000000 .333
    Rafael Betancourt, P0000000 .000
    Matt Belisle, P0000000 .500
   b- Jonathan Herrera, PH1010000 .242
Kevin Kouzmanoff, 3B5000115 .213
Eliezer Alfonzo, C4010111 .259
Mark Ellis, 2B5040002 .245
Aaron Cook, P3000004 .167
    Jason Hammel, P0000000 .171
   c- Seth Smith, PH1000001 .286
    Josh Roenicke, P0000000 .000
    Todd Helton, 1B0000100 .310
Totals40713695  
a-walked for Wigginton in the 8th
b-singled for Belisle in the 10th
c-flied out for Hammel in the 7th
Batting
2B - Dexter Fowler (24, Rodriguez), Mark Ellis (22, Melancon)
3B - Dexter Fowler (13, Rodriguez)
HR - Carlos Gonzalez (23, Rodriguez), Troy Tulowitzki (26, Rodriguez)
SH - Dexter Fowler (7)
RBI - Dexter Fowler (34), Carlos Gonzalez 3 (83), Troy Tulowitzki 2 (89)
2-OUT RBI - Carlos Gonzalez 2 (30)
SB - Eric Young Jr. (16, 2nd base off Rodriguez/Corporan)
Team LOB - 16
Fielding
DP - Cook-Tulowitzki-Wigginton, Ellis-Tulowitzki-Wigginton
E - Dexter Fowler (6, Misplayed grounder)
Colorado Rockies
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Aaron Cook 51165131 5.47
Jason Hammel 2100010 5.17
Josh Roenicke 1100010 0.00
Rafael Betancourt 1000020 3.29
Matt Belisle (W,9-4) 1100000 3.41
Pitches-Strikes - Aaron Cook 75-50, Jason Hammel 23-15, Josh Roenicke 9-6, Rafael Betancourt 8-7, Matt Belisle 13-10
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Aaron Cook 3-7, Jason Hammel 3-2, Josh Roenicke 1-0, Rafael Betancourt 1-0, Matt Belisle 2-1
Batters Faced - Aaron Cook 25, Jason Hammel 7, Josh Roenicke 3, Rafael Betancourt 3, Matt Belisle 4
Game Information
Attendance - 30333
Game Time - 3:20
Temperature - 88
Umpires - Home - Jeff Kellogg, First Base - Eric Cooper, Second Base - Mark Carlson, Third Base - Tim Timmons