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.