Even a game against the lowly Houston Astros couldn't save the Colorado Rockies from defeat. The Rockies dropped their eighth straight game with a 9-6 loss on Thursday night. Rookie Alex White (2-3, 8.63 ERA) had another troubling start. While he reached his career-high of six strikeouts for the third time this season, White failed to complete five innings, allowing five runs with one out to go in the fifth. On the bright side? White didn't allow a home run.
Former Rockie Clint Barmes delivered the first blow to Alex White when he doubled in a run in the second inning. Not to be outdone, Carlos Lee had the bases loaded in the third inning and cleared them with a double to deep center field. Lee's sacrifice fly in the fifth inning chased White out of the game. Matt Reynolds allowed a three-run double in the seventh, though all the runs were charged to Jose Roenicke.
Kevin Kouzmanoff hit his first home run as a Rockie when he sent one over the left field wall in the seventh inning. Wilin Rosario closed the gap to 8-6 when he hit a three-run home run in the eighth inning, but Mark Melancon struck out two on the way to his 20th save.
The Rockies (70-86, 32-43) continue on Tuesday with Drew Pomeranz and Brett Myers dueling at 6:05 p.m. MT.