Gonzalez leads Rockies past Astros

Associated Press  |  Last updated June 01, 2012
Carlos Gonzalez homered again, Michael Cuddyer and Jordan Pacheco had three hits apiece and the Colorado Rockies beat the Houston Astros 11-5 on Thursday night. Gonzalez, who homered in his last three at-bats Wednesday, hit a three-run shot in the first inning against Bud Norris. He was intentionally walked in the second, doubled in the fourth and singled in the eighth. Gonzalez's 14th homer made him the first Rockies player to go deep in four consecutive at-bats. It was the 22nd time a major league player has homered in four consecutive plate appearances and the 38th time for four straight official at-bats. The talented left fielder is 13 for 20 with six homers and 10 RBIs in his last five games. Marco Scutaro also homered for the Rockies, who had 15 hits overall and pounded Houston pitchers in the four-game sweep. Colorado finished the series with 40 runs and 56 hits after scoring just 20 runs in its previous five home games. Every position player had at least one hit Thursday. J.D. Martinez homered for the Astros, who have lost six straight. Colorado's big offensive night helped soften the blow of losing All-Star shortstop Troy Tulowitzki for at least two weeks. Tulowitzki was placed on the 15-day disabled list after he strained his groin during Wednesday's 13-5 victory. Tulowitzki felt pain after running out of the batter's box when he grounded out to second base during the Rockies' six-run sixth inning. The Rockies didn't need Tulowitzki in the series finale. They led 4-0 before Norris (5-2) recorded an out in the first inning. Colorado led 5-0 after one and added four more in the second before Norris was replaced by Rhiner Cruz. Norris allowed seven hits in 1 2-3 innings and his ERA jumped from 3.34 to 4.52. Martinez homered in the second to get Houston on the board. Juan Castro had an RBI triple, pinch-hitter Justin Maxwell doubled in a run and Jose Altuve added an RBI single in the Astros' three-run fourth. Cuddyer had an RBI single in the fourth and Scutaro connected in the sixth, helping Jeremy Guthrie (3-3) earn his first win since April 22. The right-hander, who was 0-2 with a 4.41 ERA since returning from a right shoulder strain, gave up five runs and 12 hits in seven innings. NOTES: The Rockies activated INF Chris Nelson (wrist) from the 15-day DL to take Tulowitzki's place on the roster. ... Houston sent pitcher J.A. Happ home early Thursday in anticipation of his start against Cincinnati on Friday. ... The Rockies will start LHP Josh Outman (0-1) in Friday's series opener against the Los Angeles Dodgers.
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