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Chacin Leads Rockies Past Astros, 9-5

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DENVER (AP) — Jhoulys Chacin threw seven solid innings and had a two-run double while Carlos Gonzalez homered and drove in three runs to help the Colorado Rockies beat the Houston Astros 9-5 on Monday night.

All nine starters reached base for Colorado, which won its third straight. It’s just the second time since June 18 the Rockies have won three in a row.

Brian Bogusevic had three hits, including a homer, Matt Downs also homered for the Astros.

It was the first time Colorado beat Houston right-hander Brett Myers. Myers (3-13) came into Monday 7-0 with a 3.47 ERA in eight appearances against the Rockies, seven of those as a starter.

The Rockies changed that with a big first inning. Eric Young Jr. led off with a walk, Dexter Fowler doubled and Gonzalez knocked both in with a double. One out later, Todd Helton singled to score Gonzalez, Ty Wigginton doubled and Helton scored on a groundout.

Chacin capped the inning with a two-run double over the pulled-in outfield that made it 6-0.

Gonzalez made it 7-0 with a solo homer in the second, his 22nd of the year.

Myers gave up seven hits in the first 10 batters he faced but settled down. He went five innings and allowed seven runs on nine hits, struck out three and walked two.

Chacin (10-10) rebounded from his shortest outing of the season with a solid effort. He was tagged for 11 hits and struck out just two but consistently pitched out of jams with the help of three double plays. His only blemish was Bogusevic’s leadoff homer in the fourth that made it 7-1.

The Rockies added two more on Chris Nelson’s two-run single in the eighth.

Downs hit a pinch-hit, three-run homer off J.C. Romero in the ninth to make it 9-4. Houston loaded the bases with one out in the ninth before fill-in closer Rafael Betancourt got Jimmy Paredes on a sacrifice fly and struck out Clint Barmes for his third save.

NOTES: Rockies relievers Huston Street (right triceps strain) and Matt Lindstrom (right arm nerve injury) were scheduled to throw one inning each for Triple A Colorado Springs in a rehab assignment Monday. … The Astros activated OF Jordan Schafer from the 15-day DL. … Houston right-hander Bud Norris will pitch Tuesday. Norris, who ranks ninth in the NL in strikeouts per 9.0 innings, has never faced the Rockies. Rookie Alex White will make his Colorado debut Tuesday. White was one of four players acquired from Cleveland in the trade that sent Ubaldo Jimenez to the Indians on July 31.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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