Rockies 2, Astros 1: Better to win ugly than lose pretty

Michael Cuddyer drives in the winning run for the Rockies today. He had three of the team's eight hits. - Scott Halleran

While it wasn't the most aesthetically pleasing of wins for the Rockies, it counts the same in the standings as any other victory.

"It don't matter if you win by an inch or a mile, winning's winning." - Dominic Toretto, The Fast and the Furious

Take that quote to heart, Rockies fans, because they won the game today by a proverbial inch over the Houston Astros, 2-1.

Troy Tulowitzki's leadoff double in the top of the ninth off Houston closer Jose Veras was followed by a wild pitch and a Michael Cuddyer single that brought home Tulo with the winning run.

Tulowitzki also had a part in the Rockies' first run of the game, scoring Dexter Fowler on an infield single to give the Rockies a first inning run for the sixth straight game and a 1-0 lead.

The Rockies blew opportunities to expand the lead in the third and the fourth before Chris Carter scored when Nolan Arenado's throw home on a ground ball was wild, allowing the Astros to tie the game at one.

That was the only blemish on the day for Jorge De La Rosa, who pitched seven strong innings, allowing the lone run on five hits while walking a pair and striking out four. De La Rosa threw 110 pitches in the game, a season high for a Rockies starter. Matt Belisle tossed a scoreless eighth and Rafael Betancourt retired the Astros in order in the ninth to earn his 11th save.

Jordan Lyles, meanwhile, also pitched quite well, matching De La Rosa by allowing a lone run in seven innings of work. He allowed six hits, walked three, and struck out three.

Both teams are flying to Denver tonight to get set for two more games against each other tomorrow and Thursday. Houston's Erik Bedard will take on Tyler Chatwood in the next one.

Source: FanGraphs

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