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Rockies scratch out run off Veras in ninth, beat Astros

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HOUSTON -- Michael Cuddyer is still recovering from being plunked in the right forearm a couple of days ago, which makes doing many things uncomfortable.

Luckily for the Colorado Rockies, swinging hardly hurts him at all.

Cuddyer had three hits, including an RBI single in the ninth inning that gave Colorado a 2-1 victory against the Houston Astros in interleague play on Tuesday.

"It's sore. There's no question it's sore and swollen," Cuddyer said. "But fortunately the way I got hit the one thing that really doesn't bother me is swinging. Pretty much everything else, it doesn't feel great but swinging I don't really feel it all that much. I got really lucky in that sense."

Troy Tulowitzki doubled off Houston closer Jose Veras (0-4) to start the ninth and advanced to third on a wild pitch. Cuddyer followed with his single, which sailed just out of reach of leaping third baseman Matt Dominguez.

"It doesn't surprise me with Cuddy," manager Walt Weiss said. "He's always looking to answer the bell. He's a great pro. Twenty-four hours ago I wasn't sure that he'd be playing this early, but he's going to find a way to get in the lineup."

Tulowitzki had an RBI single in the first. Chris Carter tied it in the fourth with an RBI grounder.

Colorado starter Jorge De La Rosa scattered five hits with one run over seven innings. He had won his previous four starts and finished the month 4-0 with a 2.08 ERA.

Matt Belisle (2-2) threw a perfect eighth for the win. Closer Rafael Betancourt struck out two in the ninth for his 11th save.

Houston starter Jordan Lyles yielded six hits and one run in a season-long seven innings. Wesley Wright took over and struck out two in a scoreless eighth before he was replaced by Veras.

Manager Bo Porter was impressed with the work of his 22-year-old pitcher.

"Jordan Lyles -- today is what you would call graduation," Porter said. "I think he's learned from his time last year. I think he's learned from early on this year, and he was able to make quality pitches to get himself out of some tough jams and got the big strikeout when he needed it."

The Rockies won late a day after Houston got a 3-2 victory in 12 innings.

"The bottom line is we found a way to win a game and that's huge," Weiss said. "You've got to find ways to win those tight games. We've been in a lot of tight games, we've been kicked in the stomach a few times because sometimes that's the reward you get for competing well and being in a lot of tight games. You're going to lose some of those games. It was nice to find a way to win today."

Dexter Fowler drew a walk to start the game and advanced to third on a single by Nolan Arenado. A one-out single by Tulowitzki put Colorado ahead.

Fowler walked again to begin the third. Arenado reached on a forceout and eventually reached third, but was caught at the plate when shortstop Ronny Cedeno made a nice catch on Tulowitzki's fly and threw home.

"That's a great play. Not only the catch but the wherewithal to get rid of the ball at the speed at which he got rid of the ball and the accuracy of the throw," Porter said. "So, if that's in the Olympics you're judging it a 10."

The Rockies had another chance to add onto their lead in the fourth when they loaded the bases with no outs. But Colorado came up empty when Lyles struck out Yorvit Torrealba and DJ LeMahieu grounded into a double play to end the inning.

"I'm just trying to get outs, really," Lyles said. "Just trying to put up good outing and not let our bullpen throw too many innings. I'm just trying to do my job."

De La Rosa hit two batters in the fourth. Carlos Corporan later scored when Arenado fielded Carter's grounder to third base but threw it over Torrealba's head at the plate.

Notes

  • De La Rosa, who was born in Monterrey, Mexico, had about 20 relatives drive in from Mexico to watch him pitch.
  • These teams head to Colorado to start a two-game series on Wednesday. Houston's Erik Bedard opposes Tyler Chatwood in the opener at Coors Field.
  • Houston recalled RHP Brad Peacock from Triple-A Oklahoma City on Tuesday to take the spot of OF Robbie Grossman, who was optioned there on Monday.
  • Houston OF Justin Maxwell, on the disabled list with a broken bone in his left hand, will go to extended spring training in Florida on Wednesday to take live at-bats before starting a rehabilitation assignment with Class A Quad Cities.
 
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Players of the Game
Houston

J. Martinez
AB 4
R 0
H 2
HR 0
RBI 0
Colorado

M. Cuddyer
AB 4
R 0
H 3
HR 0
RBI 1
 
Colorado Rockies
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Dexter Fowler, CF2100200 .276
Nolan Arenado, 3B4010011 .243
Carlos Gonzalez, LF4010032 .311
Troy Tulowitzki, SS4121002 .327
Michael Cuddyer, RF4031002 .333
Todd Helton, 1B3000104 .217
Wilin Rosario, DH4010001 .277
Yorvit Torrealba, C3000113 .220
DJ LeMahieu, 2B4000013 .294
Totals3228246  
Batting
2B - Troy Tulowitzki (13, Veras), Michael Cuddyer (12, Lyles)
RBI - Troy Tulowitzki (40), Michael Cuddyer (30)
SB - Michael Cuddyer (4, 2nd base off Veras/Corporan)
Team LOB - 7
Fielding
DP - Arenado-LeMahieu-Helton, LeMahieu-Tulowitzki-Helton
Colorado Rockies
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Jorge De La Rosa 7511240 3.16
Matt Belisle (W,2-2) 1000000 3.18
Rafael Betancourt (S,11) 1000020 2.41
HBP - Altuve (by Jorge De La Rosa), Corporan (by Jorge De La Rosa)
Pitches-Strikes - Jorge De La Rosa 109-64, Matt Belisle 10-7, Rafael Betancourt 13-10
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jorge De La Rosa 10-4, Matt Belisle 2-1
Batters Faced - Jorge De La Rosa 27, Matt Belisle 3, Rafael Betancourt 3
Houston Astros
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Brandon Barnes, CF4000012 .304
Jose Altuve, 2B3000000 .306
Carlos Corporan, C3110000 .311
J.D. Martinez, LF4020021 .250
Chris Carter, 1B4001012 .214
Carlos Pena, DH3000111 .230
Jimmy Paredes, RF2000100 .224
Matt Dominguez, 3B3000001 .242
Ronny Cedeno, SS3020011 .313
Totals2915126  
Batting
2B - J.D. Martinez (10, De La Rosa)
RBI - Chris Carter (25)
CS - Jose Altuve (3, 2nd base by De La Rosa/Torrealba), Carlos Pena (1, 2nd base by De La Rosa/Torrealba)
Team LOB - 5
Fielding
DP - Cedeno-Corporan, Altuve-Cedeno-Carter, Dominguez-Altuve-Carter
Houston Astros
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Jordan Lyles 7611330 4.50
Wesley Wright 1000020 3.80
Jose Veras (L,0-4) 1211110 4.50
WP - Jose Veras (1)
Pitches-Strikes - Jordan Lyles 110-68, Wesley Wright 14-9, Jose Veras 19-11
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jordan Lyles 9-6
Batters Faced - Jordan Lyles 27, Wesley Wright 3, Jose Veras 6
Game Information
Attendance - 11974
Game Time - 3:05
Temperature - 73
Umpires - Home - Tim McClelland, First Base - Marvin Hudson, Second Base - Bob Davidson, Third Base - Lance Barrett