Rockies 9, Astros 7

Associated Press  |  Last updated May 28, 2012
Jordan Pacheco blooped a tiebreaking single after an eighth-inning misplay and the Colorado Rockies beat Houston 9-7 Monday in the opener of the Astros' first doubleheader since 2006. Matt Belisle (2-2) earned the win with a scoreless inning of relief, and Rafael Betancourt pitched a perfect ninth for his ninth save in 10 tries. The Rockies won for just the seventh time in 25 games this month. In the eighth, Astros shortstop Jed Lowrie fielded Dexter Fowler's two-out roller and flipped to second baseman Jose Altuve, who wasn't expecting the throw. The ball hit pinch-runner Jeremy Guthrie's right foot and bounced into center field, moving the runner to second and third. Fowler was credited with a single and Lowrie got an error. Pacheco, who tripled home a run in the first, hit a two-run single in front of charging center fielder Jordan Schafer. Fernando Rodriguez (1-5), who entered in the seventh, retired the first three batters he faced before walking pinch-hitter Jason Giambi, who was replaced by Guthrie. This was Colorado's second doubleheader of the season. They split with Pittsburgh on April 25. Astros ace Wandy Rodriguez was hit hard, allowing seven runs, four of them earned, and 10 hits in five innings. He gave up six extra-base hits, including four in the first inning, and left trailing 7-6. Schafer took him off the hook in the seventh when he beat out an infield single off Adam Ottavino, stole second on a bang-bang play that drew Rockies manager Jim Tracy onto the field to discuss the safe call with second-base umpire Marty Foster, and then raced home on Altuve's single to tie it at 7. Ottavino replaced Juan Nicasio, who gave up five earned runs and nine hits over six innings. Troy Tulowitzki, who awkwardly twisted his left wrist while diving for Lowrie's single up the middle in the fifth, led off the bottom half of the inning with his eighth home run, homer giving the Rockies a 7-6 lead in the back-and-forth game. The Astros had erased a 6-4 deficit in the fifth when Chris Johnson singled home a run and Carlos Lee scored all the way from first when right fielder Michael Cuddyer's throw to third landed in the crowd. Schafer led off the game with a triple and scored on Altuve's groundout, and Lowrie followed with his eighth homer, but the Rockies scored five times in the bottom of the first. Fowler reached on third baseman Johnson's fielding error, and Pacheco tripled him home, then scored on a wild pitch. Carlos Gonzalez and Tulowitzki added back-to-back doubles before rookie Wilin Rosario's two-run homer made it 5-2. NOTES: The Astros hadn't played a doubleheader since April 13, 2006, at San Francisco. ... The Astros recalled RHP Jordan Lyles from Triple-A Oklahoma City to start the nightcap against RHP Alex White. Under baseball's new rules, a team is allowed to add a 26th player for a doubleheader. The Rockies recalled righty Carlos Torres from Triple-A Colorado Springs. ... Fowler batted leadoff for the first time all season. ... These teams played one other doubleheader, a sweep by Colorado on Set. 14, 1993, at Mile High Stadium in Denver.
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