Miguel Tejada hit a walk-off home run in the bottom of the 11th inning off of Josh Fogg to give the Astros a 3-2 victory over Colorado (20-31).
The Rockies got out to a 2-0 lead in the fourth inning when Todd Helton and Brad Hawpe hit back-to-back doubles, and Seth Smith hit an RBI single to drive in Hawpe. Ubaldo Jimenez pitched well enough in his six innings of work (allowing 7 hits and 4 walks while striking out 4) to get out of several jams, as he induced ground ball after ground ball. However, the offense stalled after that and the bullpen, namely Fogg and Houston Street, were unable to hold the lead. Street worked the ninth and allowed the first two runners to reach base via a single and an error, then gave up a bloop single to Tejada which tied the game. After getting Hunter Pence to ground into a double play and intentionally walking Carlos Lee AND Lance Berkman consecutively, Street got Matt Kata to hit a soft liner to Omar Quintanilla to get out of the inning with the game still tied.
In the 10th, the Rockies went away quietly after a lead off walk by Helton, but Fogg countered with a 1-2-3 inning to send the game into the 11th. Colorado had a good chance to score in the top half of that inning after a leadoff single by Omar Quintanilla and a sacrifice bunt by Paul Phillips, but Ian Stewart struck out and Dexter Fowler was robbed of a base hit by Kata. Fogg was able to get Michael Bourn, who went 2-for-4 with a walk, to ground out before allowing the game-winning bomb to Tejada, who finished 4-for-6 with all three of Houston's runs batted in.
Offensively, no player had more than one hit (it seems like we've seen that a lot lately), but Brad Hawpe had the aforementioned RBI double and walked twice. Randy Flores, Joel Peralta, and Manny Corpas all had solid outings in relief.
Other game notes:
Troy Tulowitzki left the game in the fourth inning after he injured his hand on a swing and miss; no word yet on his status ... Clint Barmes made an outstanding play to save a run in the bottom of the fifth inning that can probably be seen on Sportscenter throughout the rest of the night and tomorrow morning ... Edwin Bellorin was the only position player left on the Rockies bench at the end of the game, and the Astros didn't have any remaining bench players ... Barmes and Dexter Fowler each struck out three times.
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