DENVER (AP) — Troy Tulowitzki singled home the winning run to cap a three-run rally in the ninth inning Thursday that led the Colorado Rockies over the Houston Astros 7-6.
Houston led 6-2 in the sixth and was ahead 6-4 when Dan Wheeler (0-3) took over from Brad Lidge to start the ninth.
Kaz Matsui doubled leading off and scored on a single by Matt Holliday, his fourth hit of the game. Helton lined the ball off the glove of left fielder Carlos Lee for a single, Garrett Atkins loaded the bases with a walk and Brad Hawpe tied the score with a sacrifice fly.
Tulowitzki hit a 1-2 pitch under the glove of shortstop Adam Everett, scoring pinch-runner Jamey Carroll. Tulowitzki began Colorado’s comeback with a two-run homer in the sixth off Roy Oswalt.
Jeremy Affeldt (3-1) pitched a scoreless ninth for the win. Wheeler blew a save for the second time in 12 chances.
Colorado’s Josh Fogg, returning after a stint of the disabled list caused by a strained right groin, gave up six runs and 10 hits in five innings. He is 0-4 in his last six starts.
Oswalt allowed four runs and nine hits in six-plus innings.
Willy Taveras homered on Oswalt’s third pitch of the game, Taveras’ first home run in 349 at-bats.
Adam Everett’s RBI groundout tied the score in the second, and Houston went ahead 4-1 in the third on Lance Berkman’s two-run homer and Luke Scott’s RBI triple.
Colorado’s Chris Iannetta had an RBI single in the fourth inning, but Brad Ausmus made it 6-2 with a two-run double to center.