Tulo Scores On Wild Pitch As Rockies Beat Astros
DENVER (AP) — Troy Tulowitzki scored from third on a wild pitch in the bottom of the 10th inning and the Colorado Rockies beat the Houston Astros 7-6 on Wednesday to complete a three-game sweep.
Tulowitzki reached on a one-out walk and went to third on Jonathan Herrera’s single to center. After an intentional walk to Kevin Kouzmanoff, reliever Aneury Rodriguez (1-5) uncorked a wild pitch to Eliezer Alfonzo and Tulowitzki trotted home with the winning run.
Mark Ellis had four hits, and Tulowitzki and Carlos Gonzalez each homered for the Rockies, who have won five straight for the first time since April 15.
Clint Barmes homered and Brian Bogusevic had three hits for Houston, which has dropped four straight.
Matt Belisle (9-4), the Rockies’ fifth pitcher, got the win.
Wandy Rodriguez started against a Rockies team trying to acquire him. Multiple media outlets reported Tuesday that Rodriguez was claimed off waivers by Colorado. The deadline to make a deal is 1 p.m. Thursday, or the Astros can let Rodriguez clear waivers, which would allow the Rockies to acquire him.
The Astros could also pull Rodriguez off waivers, meaning he would stay on Houston’s roster for the rest of the season.
The Astros gave Rodriguez some early support against Rockies starter Aaron Cook, scoring twice in the first on an RBI double by Carlos Lee and a single by Bogusevic.
Colorado responded with four in the bottom of the inning, capped by Tulowitzki’s two-run homer, his 26th of the year.
Houston tied it in the second. Barmes led off with his ninth homer, Carlos Corporan tripled and Rodriquez singled to right. The Astros took a 5-4 lead on Jimmy Paredes’ RBI groundout in the fourth.
Gonzalez gave the Rockies a 6-5 lead with a two-run homer in the fourth, his 23rd. Houston tied it on Paredes’ RBI single in the fifth.
Rodriguez allowed six runs, four earned, on 10 hits, struck out two and walked four in six innings.
Cook was going for his second straight win at Coors Field this season. He lasted just five innings, allowing six runs, five earned, on 11 hits.
NOTES: Gonzalez extended his hit streak to 12 games. He has an RBI in nine straight games. … Before the game, the Rockies called up Kouzmanoff and started him at third base. Colorado optioned INF Chris Nelson to make room for Kouzmanoff. … The Rockies will open a nine-game road trip Friday in Los Angeles. RHP Esmil Rogers will face the Dodgers for the second time in six days. The Astros head to San Francisco to start a four-game weekend series against the Giants. RHP Henry Sosa will start the opener.
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