It hasn't happened since June, but the Colorado Rockies have won four straight games following their 8-6 victory over the Houston Astros on Tuesday night. While the game was Alex White's debut for the Rockies, Jonathan Herrera turned into the night's hero with a two-run home run in the seventh inning, breaking the 6-6 tie. It was just Herrera's third homer of the season.
Alex White (0-0, 7.50 ERA) doesn't have the prettiest line, having allowed five runs on seven hits and four walks in six innings. Three of the five runs did score on two home runs, but White was inducing ground balls throughout the game. He had nine ground ball outs in total. A bit of sloppy defense prevented other ground balls from turning into outs.
Fortunately, the Rockies were able to strike against Bud Norris early and often. Troy Tulowitzki and Todd Helton struck in the first with an RBI single and a sacrifice fly, respectively. Seth Smith followed in the third and fifth innings with a run-scoring fielder's choice and a two-run home run (15). Carlos Gonzalez broke the 5-5 tie in the sixth with an RBI single.
Matt Belisle relieved White and allowed an RBI single in the seventh inning to blow the game. But with Herrera's home run in the bottom of the inning, Belisle settled down in the eighth. Rex Brothers pitched the ninth inning for his first career save.
The Rockies (62-68, 34-33 home) close out this series with an afternoon contest at 1:10 p.m. MT. Wandy Rodriguez and Aaron Cook are the scheduled starters.