HOUSTON (AP) – Michael Cuddyer had three hits, including an RBI single in the ninth inning that gave the Colorado Rockies a 2-1 win over the Houston Astros in interleague play on Tuesday.
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.
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.
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.
The Rockies won late a day after Houston got a 3-2 victory in 12 innings.
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.
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.
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.
By KRISTIE RIEKEN, AP Sports Writer
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