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CarGo keeps slugging, Rockies roll

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DENVER -- Carlos Gonzalez is heating up right when the Colorado Rockies need him the most.

Gonzalez hit another home run to tie a major-league record, Michael Cuddyer and Jordan Pacheco had three hits apiece and the Rockies beat the Houston Astros 11-5 on Thursday night.

Gonzalez's 14th home run made him the first Rockies player to go deep in four consecutive at-bats. It was the 22nd time a major-league player has connected in four consecutive plate appearances and the 38th time for four consecutive official at-bats.

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"I don't play for records. Records just happen," he said. "I'm happy I'm part of a record, but at the same time I'm not thinking about anything else. The only record I look for is our team record."

Gonzalez's big offensive night helped soften the blow of losing All-Star shortstop Troy Tulowitzki for at least two weeks. Tulowitzki was placed on the 15-day disabled list after he strained his groin Wednesday during a 13-5 victory.

Tulowitzki felt pain after running out of the batter's box when he grounded out to second during the Rockies' six-run sixth inning.

"This is the right thing to do, this is the right move to make," Rockies manager Jim Tracy said. "I don't think it's anything structurally bad. However, he's very sore and very tender."

Gonzalez, hit home runs in his last three at-bats Wednesday, hit a three-run shot in the first inning against Bud Norris. He came to the plate in the second with a chance at history, but he insisted that wasn't on his mind.

"I hit three [Wednesday] and I wasn't even thinking about hitting a home run, so why would I think about hitting another one?" Gonzalez said.

With Dexter Fowler on second, Norris went to 2-0 on Gonzalez before the Astros decided to intentionally walk him.

"I can promise you, I wasn't going to give him the take sign if he went to 3-0," Tracy said.

Gonzalez also doubled in the fourth, singled in the eighth, stole a base and scored three runs. The talented left fielder is 13 for 20 with six home runs and 10 RBI in his past five games.

"He's been an absolute terror," Norris said. "Good luck trying to cool him off."

Marco Scutaro also hit a home run for the Rockies, who had 15 hits overall and pounded Houston pitchers in the four-game sweep. Colorado finished the series with 40 runs and 56 hits after scoring only 20 runs in its previous five home games.

Every position player had at least one hit Thursday.

"CarGo's in another world, Cuddy puts in a good at-bat every time and drives somebody in," Rockies starter Jeremy Guthrie said. "One through eight is a tough at-bat right now."

J.D. Martinez hit a home run for the Astros, who have lost six straight.

The Rockies didn't need Tulowitzki in the series finale. They led 4-0 before Norris (5-2) recorded an out in the first inning.

Colorado led 5-0 after one and added four more in the second before Norris was replaced by Rhiner Cruz. Norris allowed seven hits in 1 2/3 innings and his ERA jumped from 3.34 to 4.52.

"Tough start. They've scored 15 runs in the first inning these four games," Houston manager Brad Mills said. "That'll put you behind the 8-ball pretty early. That was troublesome."

Martinez connected in the second to get Houston on the board. Juan Castro had an RBI triple, pinch-hitter Justin Maxwell doubled in a run and Jose Altuve added an RBI single in the Astros' three-run fourth.

Cuddyer had an RBI single in the fourth and Scutaro connected in the sixth, helping Guthrie (3-3) earn his first victory since April 22. The right-hander, who was 0-2 with a 4.41 ERA since returning from a right shoulder strain, gave up five runs and 12 hits in seven innings.

"I gave up a lot of hits, maybe a career high, but our bats have been really hot, gave us a nice cushion and continued to tack on, which is so big," Guthrie said. "We outscored them tonight."

Notes

  • The Rockies activated INF Chris Nelson (wrist) from the 15-day DL to take Tulowitzki's place on the roster.
  • Houston sent pitcher J.A. Happ home early Thursday in anticipation of his start against Cincinnati on Friday.
  • The Rockies will start LHP Josh Outman (0-1) in Friday's series opener against the Los Angeles Dodgers.
 
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Carlos Gonzalez follows the flight of his home run in the first inning, his fourth roundtripper in as many plate appearances.  (AP)
Carlos Gonzalez follows the flight of his home run in the first inning, his fourth roundtripper in as many plate appearances. (AP)

Players of the Game
Colorado

C. Gonzalez
AB 4
R 3
H 3
HR 1
RBI 3
Houston

J. Altuve
AB 5
R 0
H 3
HR 0
RBI 1
 

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Houston Astros
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Jordan Schafer, CF5110003 .262
Jose Altuve, 2B5031000 .317
Jed Lowrie, SS5030002 .283
Carlos Lee, 1B4010001 .298
Chris Johnson, 3B4000004 .291
Brian Bogusevic, RF4110010 .224
J.D. Martinez, LF4111011 .237
Jason Castro, C4121010 .228
Bud Norris, P0000000 .158
    Rhiner Cruz, P0000000 .000
   a- Justin Maxwell, PH1111000 .232
    David Carpenter, P0000000 .000
    Xavier Cedeno, P1000010 .000
    Brandon Lyon, P0000000 .000
    Fernando Rodriguez, P0000000 .000
    Wesley Wright, P0000000 .000
   b- Matt Downs, PH1010000 .154
Totals38514404  
a-doubled for Cruz in the 4th
b-singled for Wright in the 9th
Batting
2B - Jed Lowrie (9, Guthrie), Justin Maxwell (3, Guthrie)
3B - Jason Castro (2, Guthrie)
HR - J.D. Martinez (5, Guthrie)
SH - Bud Norris (3)
RBI - Jose Altuve (18), J.D. Martinez (28), Jason Castro (13), Justin Maxwell (11)
2-OUT RBI - Jose Altuve (7)
Team LOB - 7
Fielding
DP - Johnson-Altuve-Lee
PB - Jason Castro (4)
E - Jason Castro (3, Throwing)
Houston Astros
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Bud Norris (L,5-2) 1.2799321 4.52
Rhiner Cruz 1.1100010 3.12
David Carpenter 1211000 4.34
Xavier Cedeno 1100010 3.86
Brandon Lyon 1111111 1.77
Fernando Rodriguez 1200020 3.79
Wesley Wright 1100100 2.57
IBB - C. Gonzalez by Bud Norris
WP - Brandon Lyon (3)
Pitches-Strikes - Bud Norris 52-30, Rhiner Cruz 24-14, David Carpenter 14-9, Xavier Cedeno 9-6, Brandon Lyon 18-12, Fernando Rodriguez 23-16, Wesley Wright 13-7
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Bud Norris 2-1, Rhiner Cruz 1-2, David Carpenter 2-0, Xavier Cedeno 2-0, Brandon Lyon 1-1, Wesley Wright 1-2
Batters Faced - Bud Norris 15, Rhiner Cruz 5, David Carpenter 4, Xavier Cedeno 4, Brandon Lyon 5, Fernando Rodriguez 5, Wesley Wright 5
Colorado Rockies
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Dexter Fowler, CF3210221 .282
Marco Scutaro, SS5221002 .257
Carlos Gonzalez, LF4333100 .332
Michael Cuddyer, RF4233100 .282
Todd Helton, 1B4111104 .231
Wilin Rosario, C5111024 .228
Jordan Pacheco, 3B5032012 .304
DJ LeMahieu, 2B4010013 .200
Jeremy Guthrie, P2000001 .000
   a- Eric Young Jr., PH1000011 .239
    Matt Reynolds, P0000000 .000
    Josh Roenicke, P0000000 .000
Totals3711151157  
a-struck out for Guthrie in the 7th
Batting
2B - Carlos Gonzalez (13, Carpenter), Michael Cuddyer (17, Norris), Todd Helton (8, Norris), Jordan Pacheco (6, Norris)
HR - Marco Scutaro (2, Lyon), Carlos Gonzalez (14, Norris)
SH - Jeremy Guthrie (3)
RBI - Marco Scutaro (9), Carlos Gonzalez 3 (44), Michael Cuddyer 3 (35), Todd Helton (26), Wilin Rosario (18), Jordan Pacheco 2 (12)
2-OUT RBI - Wilin Rosario (11), Jordan Pacheco (6)
SB - Dexter Fowler (5, 2nd base off F. Rodriguez/Castro), Carlos Gonzalez (8, 3rd base off Carpenter/Castro), Wilin Rosario (1, 2nd base off Cruz/Castro), Jordan Pacheco (2, 3rd base off Norris/Castro)
Team LOB - 8
Fielding
DP - Pacheco-LeMahieu-Helton, Scutaro-Helton
Colorado Rockies
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Jeremy Guthrie (W,3-3) 71255011 5.48
Matt Reynolds 1000030 3.98
Josh Roenicke 1200000 2.15
Pitches-Strikes - Jeremy Guthrie 99-62, Matt Reynolds 15-11, Josh Roenicke 11-8
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jeremy Guthrie 8-11, Josh Roenicke 2-0
Batters Faced - Jeremy Guthrie 32, Matt Reynolds 3, Josh Roenicke 4
Game Information
Attendance - 31799
Game Time - 2:59
Temperature - 72
Umpires - Home - Tim Timmons, First Base - Jeff Kellogg, Second Base - Eric Cooper, Third Base - Marty Foster