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Herrera, Smith Homer To Lead Rockies Past Astros

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DENVER, CO - AUGUST 23: Seth Smith #7 of the Colorado Rockies rounds the bases after hitting a two-run home run as third baseman Jimmy Paredes #38 of the Houston Astros looks on with his head down during the fifth inning at Coors Field on August 23, 2011 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Justin Edmonds/Getty Images)

DENVER, CO – AUGUST 23: Seth Smith #7 of the Colorado Rockies rounds the bases after hitting a two-run home run as third baseman Jimmy Paredes #38 of the Houston Astros looks on with his head down during the fifth inning at Coors Field on August 23, 2011 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Justin Edmonds/Getty Images)

DENVER (AP) — Seth Smith and Jonathan Herrera each hit a two-run homer and the Colorado Rockies beat the Houston Astros 8-6 on Tuesday night.

Rex Brothers pitched a scoreless ninth inning to earn his first major league save for Colorado, which has won four straight. It is Colorado’s first four-game winning streak since June 14-18.

Jimmy Paredes and Carlos Lee homered for the Astros, who have lost three in a row.

Colorado took control of a back-and-forth game in the seventh. Smith led off with a walk and one out later Herrera hit a line drive into the right-field seats off reliever Fernando Rodriguez (2-2) to give the Rockies an 8-6 lead.

It was Herrera’s third homer and first since May 12.

The Astros had tied it at 6 against reliever Matt Belisle (8-4) on Jordan Schafer’s RBI single in the seventh. Colorado took a 6-5 lead in the sixth on Carlos Gonzalez’s RBI single.

Smith made it 5-3 when he hit a two-run homer off the facing of the upper deck in right-center that traveled an estimated 478 feet. It was his 15th of the year.

Paredes answered with a two-run homer, his second, off starter Alex White in the sixth to tie it.

White, one of four players acquired from Cleveland in the trade that sent Ubaldo Jimenez to the Indians last month, struggled in his Colorado debut. He allowed five runs on seven hits, struck out four and walked one in six innings.

The Astros took a 3-2 lead in the third on RBI singles by Jose Altuve and J.D. Martinez.

Colorado tied it in the bottom half when Gonzalez scored on pitcher Bud Norris’ fielding error at first base.

Norris gave up five runs, four earned, on six hits in five innings. He struck out six and walked four.

The Rockies took a 2-0 lead in the first on Troy Tulowitzki’s RBI single and Todd Helton’s sacrifice fly.

Lee cut the deficit in half with a leadoff homer in the second. It was his 12th of the year.

NOTES: Gonzalez extended his hitting streak to 11 games and has at least one RBI in eight straight games. … The Rockies will go for a sweep Wednesday with veteran Aaron Cook on the mound. Cook earned his first win at Coors Field this season in his last outing. The Astros will counter with lefty Wandy Rodriguez, who will be making his 200th career appearance.

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

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