National League Game Summary - Colorado at Houston|
(Friday, April 6th)
Final Score: Colorado 5, Houston 3
Houston, TX (Sports Network) - Jeremy Guthrie and Michael Cuddyer both made
their Rockies debut and Eric Young scored the go-ahead run in the top of the
eighth inning Friday as Colorado defeated the Houston Astros, 5-3, in the
season opener for both teams.
Guthrie (1-0), who spent the previous five seasons with the Baltimore Orioles
and made three Opening Day starts in that span, allowed three runs on four
hits and three walks in seven innings.
"I felt comfortable," said Guthrie. "It was good to be out there."
Cuddyer spent his first 11 years with the Twins before signing with Colorado
during the offseason and went 2-for-4 with a run batted in.
Troy Tulowitzki smacked a solo homer and Rafael Betancourt picked up the save
with a scoreless ninth.
Carlos Lee and Brian Bogusevic hit back-to-back solo home runs in the fourth
inning for Houston, which lost 106 games last season. The Astros committed
four errors in their sixth consecutive Opening Day loss.
Starter Wandy Rodriguez gave up three runs -- none earned -- on six hits and
two walks in 6 1/3 innings and said he struggled to get going.
"I missed a lot of pitches early. Later, I was very good," said Rodriguez.
Fernando Rodriguez (0-1) allowed the go-ahead run in the top of the eighth to
take the loss.
Ramon Hernandez singled to start the visitor half of the eighth and Young came
on to pinch run for him and immediately stole second. After Jason Castro
blocked Fernando Rodriguez's breaking pitch in the dirt, Young got hung up at
second. But Castro's throw to second sailed into center field, allowing Young
to score easily.
Tulowitzki added an insurance run in the top of the ninth with a solo shot to
left and Betancourt struck out Matt Downs to end the game with runners on
first and second.
Lee singled home Jose Altuve, who reached on a walk, to give the Astros a
quick 1-0 lead in the home half of the first.
The Rockies responded with three runs in the top of the third.
Marco Scutaro and Dexter Fowler began the frame with back-to-back singles.
After Carlos Gonzalez grounded out, Tulowitzki plated Scutaro with a sac fly
to left. Todd Helton brought home Fowler with a double to left and Cuddyer
plated Helton with a bloop single to right.
In the home half of the fourth, Lee launched a homer into the Crawford Boxes
in left and Bogusevic followed with an opposite field shot to left-center
"The one inning they got a couple home runs I fell behind without quality
pitches," said Guthrie. "Luckily I was able to bounce back."
The Astros placed shortstop Jed Lowrie on the 15-day disabled list just hours
before Friday's season-opener. The move is retroactive to March 29, a day
after Lowrie sprained his right thumb in a Grapefruit League game against
Miami...The Rockies dealt starter Jason Hammel and reliever Matt Lindstrom to
the Orioles for Guthrie during the offseason...Todd Helton made his 15th
consecutive Opening Day start at first base, surpassing Chipper Jones for the
longest active Opening Day streak.
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