A general view of Minute Maid Park from the third base side in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images)

Rockies Vs. Astros: Rockies Drop Series To Houston

The Colorado Rockies lost their first series of the season on Sunday.

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Rockies Vs. Astros Final Score: Colorado Roughed Up In 7-3 Loss

The nearly-50-year-old LHP Jamie Moyer did not have the greatest of debuts for the Colorado Rockies (1-1), pitching only 5.0 innings while allowing 4 runs (3 earned) in the Rockies' 7-3 loss to the Houston Astros (1-1). The veteran Moyer walked only 1 batter and struck out 2, but allowed two crucial home runs and a total of 5 hits.

The Astros took the lead almost immediately when CF Jordan Schafer redirected Moyer's 6th pitch for a solo home run and a 1-0 lead. LF J.D. Martinez pushed the Rockies' deficit to 3-0 when he blasted a 76 mph Moyer fastball over the left field wall for a two-run homer.

Meanwhile, the Astros' starter, 27-year-old RHP Lucas Harrell, stifled the Rockies offense. Harrell pitched 7.0 innings with 4 strikeouts, no walks and only 3 hits allowed. In the 8th inning, when the Astros had already built a 6-0 lead, the Rockies finally broke through against the Houston bullpen, but a late homer from RF Michael Cuddyer (2 for 4) and triple from SS Troy Tulowitzki (1 for 4) proved insufficient as the Rockies fell by a final score of 7-3.


Final - 4.7.2012 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Colorado Rockies 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 2 3 7 3
Houston Astros 1 0 0 2 1 1 1 1 X 7 10 0
WP: Lucas Harrell (1 - 0)
LP: Jamie Moyer (0 - 1)

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Rockies Vs. Astros: Colorado's Opening Day Lineup Includes Chris Nelson At 3rd Base

The Colorado Rockies announced their 2012 Opening Day lineup against the Houston Astros on Friday afternoon. As expected, second baseman Marco Scutaro has been elevated to the leadoff position while center fielder Dexter Fowler will bat in the two-hole. Here is the complete lineup:

2B Marco Scutaro
CF Dexter Fowler
LF Carlos Gonzalez
SS Troy Tulowitzki
1B Todd Helton
RF Michael Cuddyer
C Ramon Hernandez
3B Chris Nelson
P Jeremy Guthrie

Chris Nelson draws the start at third base over Jordan Pacheco, who is expected to receive playing time at the hot corner as well as around the infield.

Scutaro, Cuddyer, Hernandez and Guthrie are all making their Rockies debuts in this game after being acquired through free agency or trade during the offseason.

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Opening Day 2012, Rockies Vs. Astros: Game Time, TV Schedule And More

Opening Day 2012 for the Colorado Rockies is upon us. For the 20th time, the Rockies take the field once again with dreams of delighting the fans and delivering a division title and, ultimately, a World Series title. While no one is picking the Rockies to be a huge success this season, which happened in 2011, the Rockies have brought in veteran players while mixing in a Rockies staples we've come to know the last few years.

Starting for the Rockies will be one of those new veteran players brought in during the offseason. Jeremy Guthrie, acquired from the Baltimore Orioles for Jason Hammel and Matt Lindstrom, will start his fourth Opening Day game in the last five years. While not considered a top-shelf pitcher, Guthrie is an innings-eater who played for the lowly Orioles.

Wandy Rodriguez will start for the Astros. As we recall during the 2011 season, the Rockies attempted to acquire Rodriguez, but eventually balked at the steep asking price for the pitcher. This will be Rodriguez' first Opening Day start, as the Astros had Brett Myers on the mound in 2011 and Roy Oswalt for the previous eight.

Game time/date: 5:05 p.m. MT, Friday, April 6, 2012

Location: Minute Maid Park, Houston, Tx.

TV: ROOT Sports, Fox Sports Houston

Radio: 850 KOA, 740 KTRH

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Reasons For Optimism As Rockies Take The Field

While hopes don't run as high on Opening Day for the Colorado Rockies in 2012 as they did in 2011, there's still the promise of something better than in years past.

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