Houston Astros rally for win over Colorado Rockies
BY KRISTIE RIEKEN Associated Press
Monday, April 09, 2012
4/09/12 at 5:28 AM
HOUSTON - The Houston Astros know they can't get too excited about winning two of their first three games.
Still, after the starts they've had the last couple of seasons, they can't help but feel good about it.
Brian Bogusevic drove in the go-ahead run after Jose Altuve scored on Jordan Pacheco's throwing error to tie it in the eighth inning and the Astros beat the Colorado Rockies 3-2 Sunday to win their opening series.
The Astros lost their first five games last season and dropped eight in a row to start the 2010 season. They have a winning record for the first time since they were 51-50 after games on July 29, 2009.
"We want to instill winning in all of us," Houston starter Bud Norris said. "When you come to the ballpark, you expect to win and we're trying to build something. We've got the talent to do it."
Houston manager Brad Mills is happy about the start, but he certainly wasn't getting ahead of himself.
"We're talking about three games - winning two of them (but) moving forward, I think they know and we know that they can do it," Mills said.
Altuve singled with two outs in the eighth inning before J.D. Martinez hit a sharp ground ball that bounced off the glove of reliever Rex Brothers (0-1) for another single.
Pacheco's bad throw to first base from third allowed Carlos Lee to reach and Altuve to score. Bogusevic's grounder to right field put Houston ahead and chased Brothers.
Brothers' breakdown spoiled a solid effort by Juan Nicasio in his return from a broken neck. He allowed five hits and one run in seven innings in his first start since breaking his neck when he fell after being hit in the head by a line drive on August 5.
Former staff ace Brett Myers pitched a scoreless ninth for the save in his first appearance as Houston's closer.
The Rockies led for most of the game after Wilin Rosario gave Colorado a 2-0 lead with his two-run homer to left-center in the fourth inning.
"Because of our inability to do anything offensively than the one swing Wilin Rosario took, we put ourselves in a position where any little mistake that gets made is going to get magnified, and potentially cost us the game," Colorado manager Jim Tracy said. "And that's exactly what happened."
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