Astros Vs. Rockies: Colorado Sweeps Houston With 11-5 Victory

The Colorado Rockies finished off their first sweep of 2012 with a 11-5 win over the Houston Astros on Thursday.

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Astros Vs. Rockies Final Score: Colorado Wins 11-5

After building up a big lead early, the Colorado Rockies had little trouble dispatching the Houston Astros in an 11-5 victory at Coors Field on Thursday night. The Rockies scored nine of their runs by the end of the second inning, using a big-time offensive effort to finish off their first sweep of the year.

Meeting the Astros this week has been a major boost for Colorado after struggling badly during the early portion of the month. Entering the series, the Rockies were just 6-18 during the month of May, but they rebounded nicely with a huge offensive series, scoring 40 runs over the four games.

While the Rockies gave up 14 hits on Thursday, they managed to limit the damage by refusing to issue a single walk during the game. Jeremy Guthrie gave up all five runs during his seven innings of work before the bullpen came in to cap the night with a win.

Carlos Gonzalez, Jordan Pacheco and Michael Cuddyer each had three hits apiece for the Rockies on Thursday, with the three players also combining for eight RBI. Jose Altuve and Jed Lowrie also had three hits apiece for Houston, which has now lost five consecutive games.

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Astros Vs. Rockies Score Update: Colorado Leads 10-4 After 4 Innings

After beating up on Astros starter Bud Norris early, the Colorado Rockies are leading 10-4 over Houston through four innings on Thursday night. The Rockies did nearly all of their scoring in the first two innings, forcing Norris out of the game after he had gotten just five outs.

Norris, one of Houston's better young pitchers, didn't exactly look the part in Colorado on Thursday. Lasting just 1.2 innings, he allowed nine runs on seven hits and three walks, looking utterly ineffective against the Rockies' lineup. Jeremy Guthrie has fared much better for Colorado, giving up four runs over four innings despite allowing nine hits.

Carlos Gonzalez has continued his impressive season on Thursday, going 2-for-2 with a double, a homer, a walk, three runs scored and three RBI so far. Michael Cuddyer has also had a big game, going 3-for-3 with two singles, a double and three RBI.

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2012 MLB Trade Deadline: Jason Giambi, Rafael Betancourt Are Rockies Players Who Could Be Dealt

CBS Sports' Jon Heyman is already looking ahead to the potential moves that could be made across baseball around the trade deadline. He has compiled a list of 45 players he thinks are likely to become trade bait and includes several players from the Colorado Rockies. Here are his thoughts on Rafael Betancourt:

20. Rafael Betancourt, RP, Rockies: His name seems to come up every July, but it might be of particular interest now that so many teams have back-end bullpen issues. A caveat: The Rockies are historically a strong second-half team and might be reluctant to trade him.

Related: Astros Vs. Rockies: Colorado Goes For The Sweep On Thursday Night

Other Rockies on the list include Marco Scutaro, Jason Giambi, Jeremy Guthrie, Ramon Hernandez and Matt Belisle.

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Troy Tulowitzki Injury: Rockies Shortstop Placed On DL With Groin Injury

Colorado Rockies shortstop Troy Tulowitzki strained his left groin during Wednesday's win over the Houston Astros, and on Thursday afternoon the team placed him on the 15-day disabled list.

Related: Astros Vs. Rockies: Colorado Goes For The Sweep On Thursday Night

Marco Scutaro (.253/.312/.328) will start in his place at shortstop on Thursday night. DJ LeMahieu and Chris Nelson also could spend time at short with Tulowitzki out, according to Jim Tracy.

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Troy Tulowitzki Injury: Rockies Shortstop Sitting Out Thursday's Game

Colorado Rockies shortstop Troy Tulowitzki is out of the lineup as his team goes for a sweep of the Houston Astros on Thursday.

Related: Astros Vs. Rockies: Colorado Goes For The Sweep On Thursday Night

Tulowitzki hopes to avoid a trip to the disabled list for the injured groin suffered during Wednesday's game, and he is on Thursday's lineup card, so he hasn't been sent to the DL yet. As he continues to get treatment on the groin, that could change.

The first pitch of Thursday's game is set for approximately 6:40 p.m. MT.

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Astros Vs. Rockies: Colorado Goes For The Sweep On Thursday Night

The Colorado Rockies are in a position to sweep the Houston Astros in a four-game series on Thursday night, certainly a rarity for the team this season. The offense has already scored 29 runs in the series, but there's a sense that the Rockies should be doing this to a team such as Houston.

Jeremy Guthrie (2-3, 5.31 ERA) is out to snap a two-game losing streak, allowing 12 runs over 11 innings pitched and surrendering five home runs. The Rockies are looking for him to start going deep into games again following his stint on the disabled list. Before that happened, Guthrie pitched at least seven innings in three of his four April starts.

The Astros send Bud Norris (5-1, 3.34 ERA) to the mound, winner in four of his five April starts. His last outing a no-decision following 4.2 innings pitched. Norris allowed just three runs, but he ran his pitch count up to 166 pitches. In the four previous starts he made and won, Norris pitched at least six innings and made it through seven innings twice. He has struck out 33 batters this month. In Houston on April 8, Norris threw seven innings of two-run ball, but picked up a no-decision in the Astros' victory.

Game time/date: 6:40 p.m. MT, Thursday, May 31

Location: Coors Field, Denver, CO

TV/Radio: ROOT Sports/850KOA

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Troy Tulowitzki Injury: Rockies SS Hopes To Avoid Disabled List

The Colorado Rockies are currently on a three-game winning streak, but will they be able to continue it without shortstop Troy Tulowitzki? The Rockies star left Wednesday's game against the Houston Astros with a strained left groin following the sixth inning.

After the game, Tulowitzki said that he'll have a better idea if he will need to head to the disabled list as a result of the injury (via the Denver Post):

"It's really sore. I will know more (Thursday) when I get treatment. I will know then if I can't go and need an MRI and it is a DL situation," Tulowitzki said. "I want to stay off the DL. But if I can't play, I can't play.

Marco Scutaro moved over to shortstop and DJ LeMahieu played second base; however, if Tulowitzki heads to the DL, Chris Nelson, eligible to come off the DL from his own injury, would likely gain plenty of playing time at second base while Scutaro takes over at short.

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Astros Vs. Rockies Final Score: Carlos Gonzalez Homers 3 Times In 13-5 Victory

The Colorado Rockies picked up a 13-5 victory over the Houston Astros on Wednesday night, ensuring a series victory and winning a third-straight game. Carlos Gonzalez homered three times in the victory while shortstop Troy Tulowitzki left the game in the sixth inning with a strained left groin.

The Rockies opened up the scoring with a Michael Cuddyer grand slam (6) in the first inning, but by the end of the third inning the Astros came back and tied the game at 5-5. Christian Friedrich (3-1, 5.59 ERA), however, settled down after that and completed the next three innings without allowing another run. He allowed five runs on 11 hits in six innings, striking out six in the process.

Lucas Harrell (4-4, 4.71 ERA) allowed the first of Gonzalez's home runs in the fifth inning and then had a disaster of a sixth inning for Houston. He allowed a single to Wilin Rosario on a single and saw an error move him over to second base. Jordan Pacheco drove in Rosario with a single during the next at-bat. An Eric Young Jr. single chased Harrell out of the game and set up Dexter Fowler for a three-run home run (8) and the 10-5 lead. A Marco Scutaro single later, Carlos Gonzalez added two more runs with his second home run of the game. He hit his third homer of the game (and 13th of the season) in the eighth inning.

Tulowitzki left in the sixth inning after limping back to the dugout after a groundout to second base during the sixth inning. Scutaro moved to shortstop and DJ LeMahieu took over second base.

The Rockies (20-29, 12-14 home) close out this series on Thursday night with Jeremy Guthrie on the mound.

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Troy Tulowitzki Injury: Rockies SS Leaves Game With Strained Left Groing

Colorado Rockies shortstop Troy Tulowitzki left Wednesday night's game against the Houston Astros with a left leg injury following the sixth inning. He limped to the dugout at the end of the inning and was unable to continue playing.

UPDATE: Tulowitzki left the game with a strained left groin.

Marco Scutaro moved over from second base to shortstop while DJ LeMahieu entered the game as the second baseman.

The Rockies lead the Astros by a score of 12 to 5 in the top of the seventh inning. Carlos Gonzalez hit two home runs; Michael Cuddyer had a grand slam; and Dexter Fowler blasted a three-run shot. Christian Friedrich squandered a 5-1 lead at one point, but he was able to rebound and watch his team battle back for the lead.

For more news and notes on these teams, visit Rockies blog Purple Row and Astros blog Crawfish Boxes. Head over to Baseball Nation and MLB Daily Dish for more news and notes around the league.

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Astros Vs. Rockies Lineups: Fowler Is Good To Go Again

The Colorado Rockies have what is essentially their full starting lineup going against the Houston Astros on Wednesday night as they look for their third consecutive win in the four-game series. Christian Friedrich is making his fifth big league start for Colorado, and while his 5.09 ERA is poor, his 2.78 FIP indicates a higher level of performance in his short career.

Here's the full lineup for Colorado:

  1. Dexter Fowler, CF
  2. Marco Scutaro, 2B
  3. Carlos Gonzalez, LF
  4. Troy Tulowitzki, SS
  5. Todd Helton, 1B
  6. Michael Cuddyer, RF
  7. Wilin Rosario, C
  8. Jordan Pacheco, 3B
  9. Christian Friedrich, P

And here's the lineup for Houston:

  1. Jordan Schafer, CF
  2. Jose Altuve, 2B
  3. Jed Lowrie, SS
  4. Carlos Lee, 1B
  5. J.D. Martinez, LF
  6. Justin Maxwell, RF
  7. Chris Johnson, 3B
  8. Chris Snyder, C
  9. Lucas Harrell, P
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Astros Vs. Rockies: Christian Friedrich Hunts For Colorado's 3rd Straight Victory

The Colorado Rockies and the Houston Astros took Tuesday off following the former team's victories in a doubleheader on Memorial Day. They are back on the field on Wednesday night for Game 3 of this four-game series.

The Rockies have Christian Friedrich (2-1, 5.09 ERA) on the mound, and he will be looking to win back-to-back games. He allowed three runs in a victory against the Cincinnati Reds last Friday. He allowed seven hits and struck out six in five innings of work. It was a solid rebound from his previous start when he allowed eight runs over five innings in a loss to the Seattle Mariners.

The Astros will counter with Lucas Harrell (4-3, 3.72 ERA). The Rockies saw Harrell back on April 7 in Houston, which turned into a 7-4 loss. Harrell shut out the Rockies for seven innings and limited them to three hits. After a string of starts in May that saw him fail to pitch out of the sixth inning, Harrell threw 7.1 innings of one-run ball on the road against the Los Angeles Dodgers.

Game time/date: 6:40 p.m. MT, Wednesday, May 30

Location: Coors Field, Denver, CO

TV/Radio: ROOT Sports/850KOA

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Astros Vs. Rockies Final Score: Dexter Fowler's 10th Inning Triple Gives Colorado Doubleheader Sweep

Center fielder Dexter Fowler tripled in the 10th inning to score Michael Cuddyer and give the Colorado Rockies a sweep of a Memorial Day doubleheader with a 7-6 victory over the Houston Astros on Monday night. As Cuddyer came all the way around from first base, the Rockies improved to 19-29. Houston falls to 22-27 with the loss.

The game-winning RBI capped a gigantic effort from Fowler, who ended the night 4-for-4 with a walk, three runs and three RBI. Given that Fowler started the game with a leadoff homer to right fielder as the Rockies' first batter of the game, it was a fitting way to end a competitive and entertaining back-end of the doubleheader.

The Rockies used a four-run fourth inning to get out to a 6-4 lead, but a Chris Snyder RBI single and solo homer from Justin Maxwell knotted the game and forced extra innings. Josh Roenicke earned the win for Colorado, his first of the season. Rockies starter Alex White allowed 10 hits and six earned runs over five innings.

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Astros Vs. Rockies, Game 2 Score Update: Colorado, Houston Tied At 6-6 In 6th Inning

The Colorado Rockies already have one win over the Houston Astros on Monday, and they're working to secure their second Memorial Day victory on the back-end of double-header at Coors Field. The Rockies scored one in the third inning and four in the fourth inning to get out to a 6-5 lead over the Astros through five innings, but Houston tied the game in the top of the sixth via a solo homer from Justin Maxwell. At the moment, the score is tied at 6-6.

The Rockies didn't waste any time scoring in Game 2 of the double-header, as center fielder Dexter Fowler jacked his seventh home run of the year as the opening batter of the game for Colorado. The Astros would take the lead in the top of the third when right fielder Brian Bogusevic bashed a two-run homer, his second of the season.

Colorado would take the lead in the fourth when Marco Scutaro doubled to center field to score three runs. In the previous at-bat, Folwer walked with the bases loaded to score third baseman Jordan Pacheco.

For more news and notes on these teams, visit Rockies blog Purple Row and Astros blog Crawfish Boxes. Head over to Baseball Nation and MLB Daily Dish for more news and notes around the league.

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Astros Vs. Rockies Game 2 Lineups: Tyler Colvin, DJ LeMahieu, Wil Nieves Get Starts

The Colorado Rockies are looking to sweep Monday's doubleheader with a win over the Astros in the nightcap. Not surprisingly, several lineup changes have been made for the second game -- Wil Nieves is in at catcher, Tyler Colvin replaces Michael Cuddyer in right field and Marco Scutaro is in for DJ LeMahieu at second base.

Related: Astros Vs. Rockies Final Score: Colorado Defeats Houston 9-7 In Game 1 Of Doubleheader

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Astros Vs. Rockies Final Score: Colorado Defeats Houston 9-7 In Game 1 Of Doubleheader

Juan Nicasio struggled in his start for the Rockies on Monday afternoon, but Colorado's offense was there to pick him up and lead the team to a 9-7 victory over the Houston Astros.

Related: Astros Vs. Rockies: Doubleheader On Tap For Memorial Day

Nicasio pitched six innings but gave up nine hits and six runs (five earned) in the process. Wandy Rodriguez was no better for the Astros, giving up seven runs (four earned) off of 10 hits in five innings or work.

Jordan Pacheco broke a 7-7 tie in the eighth and provided the winning runs with a two-RBI single; he was 2-5 on the day. Troy Tulowitzki and Dexter Fowler had three hits apiece.

Game 2 of Monday's doubleheader begins at 6:10 p.m. MT.

For more news and notes on these teams, visit Rockies blog Purple Row and Astros blog Crawfish Boxes. Head over to Baseball Nation and MLB Daily Dish for more news and notes around the league.

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Astros Vs. Rockies: Doubleheader On Tap For Memorial Day

The Colorado Rockies and the Houston Astros play a doubleheader on Memorial Day.

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