Astros Vs. Rockies: Road Trip Mercifully Ends With 11-5 Loss

Bud Norris gave up nine earned runs in less than two innings, and the Astros lost for the sixth time in a row.

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Astros v Rockies Series Review: Thank Heaven The Roadtrip is Over!

The Rockies put the final nail in the coffin of this series against the Astros early last night. By the second inning the game was essentially through and the series was a complete disaster. Their problems on the road are still a bit of mystery, but the fact remains that they are 6-19 on the road while capturing a 16-10 record at home.

Six of those road losses were walk-offs, so it’s not as if the team has simply rolled over and given up on the road, they are often in the race until the bitter end. That was simply not the case in Denver.

Games one and two of this series, a doubleheader on Memorial Day, could have gone either way. Both games saw the Astros in the hunt for the win, the second games even going to 10 innings before the Rockies captured both wins.

Games three and four were not as close. Wednesday’s 5 homers by the Rockies sealed the fate of the Astros who could only stand by and watch as the scoreboard tally grew to a final of 13-5. Thursday night’s final game was much the same as the Rox lead 9-1 by the end of the second inning, finishing off the ’stros with a final score of 11-5.

The pitchers all seemed to struggle in the mile high city, not one bettering or equaling their previous performances. They’ll each get a chance t redemption as they head back home to Houston to face two division rivals back to back, first the Cincinnati Reds, then the St. Louis Cardinals.

Let’s hope the sight of Minute Maid Park sets them back on track.

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Astros Vs. Rockies: Bud Norris Allows 9 Earned Runs As Houston Loses 6th In A Row

A rough road trip mercifully came to an end Thursday, as the Astros lost for the sixth time in a row by falling to the Rockies 11-5. The four-game sweep by Colorado finished Houston's road trip with a 1-6 record.

Pitching was again the downfall. Bud Norris lasted just 1 2/3 innings in the start and allowed nine earned runs on seven hits, falling to 5-2 on the year. The Rockies scored five in the first and four in the second, all but ending Houston's hopes of breaking the losing streak.

To their credit, six pitchers from the Houston bullpen combined to allow just two earned runs over the final 6 1/3 innings. The Astros were led at the plate by Jose Altuve, who went 3-for-5 with an RBI. Jed Lowrie went 3-for-5.

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Astros Vs. Rockies: Game 4 Preview, TV Info And More

The Houston Astros's losing streak is at five games, and the team that upset Clayton Kershaw and the red-hot Dodgers to pull to .500 seems a distant memory in just a week's time. Bud Norris will take the hill in the final game of the series. Norris is 5-1 as a starter this season, but was shelled in his last appearance, throwing over 100 pitches in a four inning outing against Los Angeles.

Thursday's game will be the last between these two teams for the season and the probable future, as the Astros gear up to move to the AL West in 2013.

Date / Time: Thursday, May 31, 7:40 p.m. CT

Location: Coors Field, Denver, Colorado

TV: Fox Sports Houston

Radio: KTRH 740, KLAT 1010

Probable Starters: Bud Norris (5-1) vs. Jeremy Guthrie (2-3)

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Astros Vs. Rockies, Final Score: Houston Loses Fifth Straight, 13-5

A barrage of Rockies home runs, including three by Carlos Gonzalez, put the Astros on the verge of being swept in Denver in a 13-5 loss on Wednesday night. Lucas Harrell was roughed up early, walking two batters - both on 3-2 counts - to set up a grand slam by Michael Cuddyer (quote courtesy of MLB.com):

"The big thing in that first inning was those two walks," Mills said. "Both of them were off a 3-2 count, but that was the big thing to load it up for Cuddyer. I thought his stuff was real good, though. He had real good sink of his fastball. He was just trying to command it and he wasn't getting some of those calls down and he got behind a couple of guys and they were able to get on."

The Astros would rally from down 5-1 in the fourth on a two-out double from Chris Snyder that tied the game, but Colorado would score seven runs in the fifth and sixth innings to break the game open.

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Houston Astros Vs. Colorado Rockies: Wednesday Lineups

After losing both contests in Monday's doubleheader, the Houston Astros are left needing to win on Wednesday night, or else they'll be in position to be swept by the Colorado Rockies on Thursday.

Both managers have announced their starting lineups for Wednesday night's game, and they are as follows:

Houston Astros

CF Jordan Schafer
2B Jose Altuve
SS Jed Lowrie
1B Carlos Lee
LF J.D. Martinez
RF Justin Maxwell
3B Chris Johnson
C Chris Snyder
SP Lucas Harrell

Colorado Rockies

CF Dexter Fowler
2B Marco Scutaro
LF Carlos Gonzalez
SS Troy Tulowitzki
1B Todd Helton
RF Michael Cuddyer
C Wilin Rosario
3B Jordan Pacheco
SP Christian Friedrich

We'll see if Harrell can slow down Dexter Fowler, who torched the Astros in both games of Monday's doubleheader. Fowler went 7-9 with three RBI and five runs scored on Monday, and clearly was Colorado's catalyst en route to the doubleheader sweep.

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Astros Vs. Rockies: Game 3 Preview, TV Info And More

The Astros will turn to one of their best arms to salvage a series in Denver when Houston returns from a day off after being swept in a Memorial Day doubleheader. Lucas Harrell's last start was good enough to beat the reigning Cy Young winner, L.A.'s Clayton Kershaw, in a one-run, five-hit performance through eight innings.

Houston's fate has been tied to their hitting - when they've been out-hit, they're playing .500 or less (through the last ten games, they've been out-hit in all of them, finishing 5-5). The Astros are 12-6 when outhitting their opponents, and 6-21 when they're out-hit.

Date / Time: Wednesday, May 30, 7:40 p.m. CT

Location: Coors Field, Denver, Colorado

TV: Fox Sports Houston

Radio: KTRH 740, KLAT 1010

Probable Starters: Lucas Harrell (4-3) vs. Christian Friedrich (2-1)

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Astros Vs. Rockies Final Score: Houston Falls 7-6 In Extras

A tough road trip continued Monday in Colorado, as the Astros fell to the Rockies 7-6 in 10 innings and were swept a doubleheader

Brett Meyers gave up two hits in the 10th, including a triple, and picked up his second loss of the season.

Colorado opened up the scoring with a leadoff homer from Dexter Fowler in the first inning. After back-to-back two-run innings in the third and fourth, the Astros took a 4-2 lead. But Houston starter Jordan Lyles allowed a bases-loaded walk and three-run triple in the bottom of the fourth and Colorado took a 6-4 lead.

A fifth-inning RBI-single from Chris Snyder and a sixth-inning solo home run from pinch-hitter Justin Maxwell tied the game at six. There would be no more scoring until extras.

Lyles gave up six runs (four earned) over five innings. But after him, the Astros used a total of seven pitchers over the final 4.1 innings. Brian Bogusevic led Houston at the plate, going 3-for-5 with a home run and two RBIs. Marwin Gonzalez went 3-for-5 with a run scored.

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Astros Vs. Rockies Score Update: Houston Trails 6-5 After 5 Innings

A four-run fifth for Colorado is the difference in Houston's second game against the Rockies on Monday.

In the back-and-forth affair, Colorado scored first on a leadoff homer from Dexter Fowler in the first inning. Brian Bogusevic put the Astros in front with a two-run home run in the third inning, but Fowler scored again on an RBI-groundout from Carlos Gonzalez in the following frame.

In the fourth, Chris Snyder hit a solo homer and Jordan Schaefer singled to give the Astros a 4-2 lead. But in the bottom frame, Houston starter Jordan Lyles found himself in a jam. Colorado loaded the bases with no outs, but a fielder's choice and strikeout had Lyles one out away from getting out unscathed. But Fowler drew a walk and Marco Scutaro drove in three with a double, giving Colorado a 6-4 lead. In the fifth, Snyder cut the deficit to one with an RBI-single.

Bogusevic, Snyder and Carlos Lee are 2-for-3 for Houston

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Astros Vs. Rockies Final: Houston Loses First Game Of Doubleheader In Colorado

The Houston Astros couldn't get past the Colorado Rockies in the first game of their unusual Memorial Day doubleheader matchup. Colorado won 9-7, with home runs from Wilin Rosario and Troy Tulowitzki leading the charge.

Houston also had a first-inning home run by Jed Lowrie, who blasted a solo shot to right center field to give the Astros a 2-0 advantage, but it was their only lead of the game.

The Rockies responded swiftly in the bottom half of the opening inning, lighting Wandy Rodriguez up for five runs, including Rosario's two-run blast deep to left field. Houston tied the game at six runs apiece in the fifth inning and at seven in the seventh inning.

But Jordan Pacheco's two-run RBI single in the eighth inning pushed the Rockies out of Houston's reach.

The Astros hit the ball well. Scoring seven runs on 12 hits isn't bad at all, it just didn't measure up to Colorado's nine runs on 14. The second game of the doubleheader is schedule for 7 p.m. CT.

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Astros Vs. Rockies Update: Wandy Rodriguez Had A Rough Day

The Houston Astros could still beat the Colorado Rockies in the first of their doubleheader Memorial Day matchup, but it was nothing like a holiday for Stros ace Wandy Rodriguez, who gave up seven runs on 10 hits in five innings pitched, including a five-run first inning.

Four of the runs scored on Rodriguez were earned.

That first inning was just a terrible way to get started. Chris Johnson had an error at third base that put the first base-runner on, then Jordan Pacheco scored him with a triple deep to field. Pacheco scored on a wild pitch from Wandy.

This performance can be chalked up to the fact that when it rains, it pours. Still, Astros fans have to be encouraged in the fact that Wandy could come out and pitch such a bad game, and the team still have a chance to win because the bats are there.

The game is tied at 7 in the top of the 7th inning.

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Astros Vs. Rockies: Rare Doubleheader Kicks Off Series

Houston and Colorado will play two games at Coors Field on Memorial Day.

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