While it may not have been the most talked about game on Wednesday night, but the Houston Astros found their way into the win column with a 6-3 win over the Colorado Rockies at Coors Field.
JD Martinez would be the hero of the night for Houston, as he broke an eighth inning tie with an RBI single. He got things going in the top of the second, kicking off the inning with a single. He would advance to third on a Chris Carter double, and crossed the plate moments later on a sac fly from Matt Dominguez.
The Rockies would make it interesting the next few innings. Troy Tulowitzki started the bottom of the fourth by taking the first pitch of the inning over the right field wall for his 11th home run of the year. He followed that up the next inning with an RBI double to score Jordan Pacheco. It was good to tie the game at 2-2 and ruin a potential win opportunity for Astros starter Eric Bedard.
Bedard worked six innings, with Tulowitzki’s two RBI’s being the only damage to his stat sheet. Paul Clemens would come on in relief in the seventh and pitch an inning and 2/3 of spotless work that would eventually hand him the win.
But the Astros wanted to ensure he did pick up the win. Martinez broke the 2-2 tie with an RBI single in the eighth. Marwin Gonzalez scored on the play to give Houston the eventual go-ahead as Jose Altuve moved to third. But poor judgement ended the inning abruptly, when Altuve was caught leaning at third and thrown out trying to steal home.
They would add some insurance in the ninth, when Carlos Pena drilled a solo home run to spark a three-run inning. It was more than enough to keep Houston in the lead. Colorado picked up another run in the bottom of the ninth, but it wouldn’t be enough to overturn the lead.
Edgmer Escalona was charged with the loss, after coming in to relieve starter Tyler Chatwood. He was responsible for the Martinez RBI in the eighth, the deciding factor.
Offensively, Colorado left a small village on the bases, as a total of 12 men were stranded on the night. It was the unsuccessful result of the nine hits they managed to put together.
The series wraps up on Thursday evening at Coors Field. The Astros will send Lucas Harrell (3-6, 5.43 ERA) to face Juan Nicasio (4-1, 4.38 ERA). Harrell has had a rocky start to the season, and lasted just under two innings his last time on the mound.
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