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HOUSTON -- Chris Nelson got a second chance to make up for a missed opportunity, and his patience paid off.

Nelson walked with the bases loaded in the 13th inning and the Colorado Rockies snapped a nine-game losing streak with a 4-2 victory over the Houston Astros on Saturday night.

Pinch-hitter Tommy Field sparked the winning rally with a leadoff walk. Eric Young then reached on a bunt single against Jordan Lyles (2-8), with Field going on to third on an error by catcher Humberto Quintero.

Young moved up on defensive indifference, but Mark Ellis grounded out. Dexter Fowler was intentionally walked to set the stage for Nelson, who forced home the tiebreaking run. Pinch-hitter Wilin Rosario added a sacrifice fly.

Matt Reynolds (1-2) pitched an inning to get the victory and Rafael Betancourt finished for his seventh save in 10 opportunities.

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"You could make a case for Betancourt being in the game four or five innings before he actually got in there to pitch," Rockies manager Jim Tracy said. "It goes back to the opportunities we had with runners in scoring position with less than two outs."

Each team had their chances late in the 200,000th regular-season game in major league history.

The Rockies put runners on second and third with one out in the 11th and failed to score. Nelson hit a dribbler to pitcher Fernando Rodriguez, who underhanded the ball to Quintero in time to get Young at home. Fowler took third base on the play but Ty Wigginton was called out on strikes and ejected when he slammed him batting helmet to the ground.

Houston had runners on first and second with two out in the ninth but pinch-hitter Matt Downs bounced into a fielder's choice. Downs stayed in the game at first base and popped out with two down and runners on second and third in the 11th.

"The thing that is frustrating is we were 0 for 8 or 0 for 9 with runners in scoring position," Astros manager Brad Mills said. "You'd like to get a couple of bunts down to keep the opportunity alive, to keep it moving."

Brett Wallace hit a leadoff drive in the second to give the Astros a 2-0 lead. Wallace's fifth homer traveled an estimated 448 feet to center field.

Jordan Pacheco hit a tying two-run double in the fourth for Colorado.

J.A. Happ of the Astros and Rockies starter Jason Hammel each allowed three hits in seven innings.

"You had to feel good about what you saw from Jason Hammel," Tracy said. "He was absolutely the same as he's been in his last three outings. He pounded the strike zone. He was aggressive. His pitch efficiency was terrific."

Hammel struck out three and walked one. The right-hander is 0-1 with a save and a 1.85 ERA in his last seven appearances, two starts.

"Obviously, I wish I'd figured it out a lot earlier, maybe this season would have gone a little differently," he said. "Hindsight is 20-20. We'll get back to work in the offseason and come back to work."

Happ struck out five and walked four while throwing a season-high 126 pitches.

"With Happy, when he gave up the two runs in the fourth inning, and the walks, that was kind of tough," Mills said. "But after that I think he only gave up three hits. He threw well over 120 pitches and got us through.

"Our bullpen did so well in this game. Jordan did such a good job for us last night that we thought he was going to be consistent just like he was last night."

Notes

The Astros are 11-5 at home since August 16 and 16-14 at home in the second half. ... Lucas Harrell will start Sunday for Houston in place of Bud Norris (biceps tendinitis). ... The Astros recognized second baseman Jose Altuve as the team's minor league player of the year during a pregame ceremony. ... Astros closer Mark Melancon has 10 consecutive scoreless appearances.

 
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Players of the Game
Houston

J. Happ
IP 7.0
H 3
ER 2
BB 4
K 5
Colorado

J. Hammel
IP 7.0
H 3
ER 2
BB 1
K 3
 
Colorado Rockies
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Eric Young Jr., LF5110112 .249
Mark Ellis, 2B3100213 .242
Dexter Fowler, CF4000221 .267
Chris Nelson, SS5111120 .250
Ty Wigginton, RF5000034 .240
    J.C. Romero, P0000000 .000
    Edgmer Escalona, P0000000 .000
    Matt Reynolds, P0000000 .000
   a- Wilin Rosario, PH0001000 .208
    Rafael Betancourt, P0000000 .000
Jordan Pacheco, 1B6012012 .258
Kevin Kouzmanoff, 3B5010011 .223
Chris Iannetta, C3010211 .236
Jason Hammel, P1000001 .152
    Matt Belisle, P0000000 .500
    Rex Brothers, P0000000 .000
   b- Seth Smith, PH1000001 .279
    Matt Lindstrom, P0000000 .000
    Thomas Field, RF0100100 .212
Totals38454912  
a-hit a sacrifice fly for M. Reynolds in the 13th
b-grounded into a double play for Brothers in the 10th
Batting
2B - Jordan Pacheco (1, Happ)
SF - Wilin Rosario (1)
SH - Mark Ellis (9), Jason Hammel 2 (14)
RBI - Chris Nelson (16), Wilin Rosario (8), Jordan Pacheco 2 (11)
2-OUT RBI - Jordan Pacheco 2 (8)
SB - Eric Young Jr. (26, 3rd base off F. Rodriguez/Quintero), Dexter Fowler (12, 2nd base off F. Rodriguez/Quintero)
PK - Mark Ellis (1, Happ)
Team LOB - 8
Fielding
DP - Pacheco
E - Kevin Kouzmanoff (13, Throwing)
Colorado Rockies
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Jason Hammel 7322131 4.76
Matt Belisle 1000000 3.30
Rex Brothers 1100110 2.95
Matt Lindstrom 1100010 3.06
J.C. Romero0100000 3.70
Edgmer Escalona 1000110 1.75
Matt Reynolds (W,1-2) 1000210 4.17
Rafael Betancourt (S,7) 1000020 2.93
IBB - Lee by Rex Brothers, Lee by Edgmer Escalona, Sanchez by Matt Reynolds
Pitches-Strikes - Jason Hammel 98-66, Matt Belisle 12-8, Rex Brothers 15-9, Matt Lindstrom 15-11, J.C. Romero 2-2, Edgmer Escalona 18-10, Matt Reynolds 26-15, Rafael Betancourt 13-12
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jason Hammel 9-8, Matt Belisle 2-1, Rex Brothers 1-1, Matt Lindstrom 2-0, Edgmer Escalona 1-1
Batters Faced - Jason Hammel 24, Matt Belisle 3, Rex Brothers 5, Matt Lindstrom 4, J.C. Romero 1, Edgmer Escalona 4, Matt Reynolds 5, Rafael Betancourt 3
Houston Astros
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Jordan Schafer, CF5110112 .242
Jose Altuve, 2B6010032 .268
J.D. Martinez, RF3011001 .284
    Jason Bourgeois, PR-RF2000001 .295
Carlos Lee, LF4010210 .277
Brett Wallace, 1B3111011 .260
   a- Matt Downs, PH-1B2000004 .277
Jimmy Paredes, 3B4000121 .286
Clint Barmes, SS5010001 .248
Humberto Quintero, C5000001 .244
J.A. Happ, P2000000 .163
    David Carpenter, P0000000 .000
   b- Brian Bogusevic, PH1000000 .281
    Mark Melancon, P0000000 .000
    Enerio Del Rosario, P0000000 .000
    Wesley Wright, P0000000 .000
   c- J.B. Shuck, PH1000011 .271
    Fernando Rodriguez, P0000000 .000
    Wilton Lopez, P0000000 .000
   d- Angel Sanchez, PH0000100 .238
    Jordan Lyles, P0000000 .120
    Aneury Rodriguez, P0000000 .000
Totals4326259  
a-hit into fielder's choice for Wallace in the 9th
b-grounded out for Carpenter in the 8th
c-struck out for Wright in the 10th
d-was walked intentionally for Lopez in the 12th
Batting
HR - Brett Wallace (5, Hammel)
SF - J.D. Martinez (3)
RBI - J.D. Martinez (35), Brett Wallace (27)
SB - Jordan Schafer 2 (22, 2nd base off Hammel/Iannetta, 2nd base off Escalona/Iannetta), Jose Altuve (7, 2nd base off Hammel/Iannetta)
Team LOB - 8
Fielding
DP - Altuve-Downs
E - Humberto Quintero (5, Throwing)
Houston Astros
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
J.A. Happ 7322450 5.35
David Carpenter 1000020 3.24
Mark Melancon 1000020 2.86
Enerio Del Rosario 0.1100010 4.21
Wesley Wright 0.2000000 0.77
Fernando Rodriguez 1000210 3.16
Wilton Lopez 1000010 2.86
Jordan Lyles (L,2-8) 0.1122300 5.36
Aneury Rodriguez 0.2000000 5.03
IBB - Fowler by Fernando Rodriguez, Fowler by Jordan Lyles
Pitches-Strikes - J.A. Happ 126-80, David Carpenter 14-9, Mark Melancon 13-7, Enerio Del Rosario 7-4, Wesley Wright 2-1, Fernando Rodriguez 22-10, Wilton Lopez 8-7, Jordan Lyles 16-3, Aneury Rodriguez 8-5
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J.A. Happ 9-6, David Carpenter 1-0, Mark Melancon 1-0, Wesley Wright 1-0, Fernando Rodriguez 2-0, Wilton Lopez 2-0, Jordan Lyles 1-0
Batters Faced - J.A. Happ 27, David Carpenter 3, Mark Melancon 3, Enerio Del Rosario 2, Wesley Wright 1, Fernando Rodriguez 5, Wilton Lopez 3, Jordan Lyles 5, Aneury Rodriguez 2
Game Information
Attendance - 26209
Game Time - 4:09
Temperature - 73
Umpires - Home - Dan Bellino, First Base - Larry Vanover, Second Base - Brian Gorman, Third Base - Tony Randazzo