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Tuesday, June 02, 2009

Astros over Rockies

HOUSTON (AP) — Miguel Tejada hit a game-winning homer off Josh Fogg in the 11th inning to cap a three-RBI night and lift the Houston Astros to a 3-2 win over the Colorado Rockies on Tuesday night.

Tejada, the NL's leading hitter coming in with a .353 average, tied the game in the ninth with an RBI single off Huston Street. He also had an RBI single in the fifth against Rockies starter Ubaldo Jimenez.

Tejada has 27 RBIs in his last 25 games.

Fogg (0-1) got Michael Bourn on a groundout leading off the 11th before Tejada drove a 2-2 pitch into the left-field porch, his sixth homer of the season. It was the fifth time the Astros have won a game in their last at-bat, and the second time Tejada has driven in the winning run.

Colorado had a chance to score in the top of the 11th.

Omar Quintanilla led off with a single off Russ Ortiz (3-2) and advanced on Paul Phillips' bunt. Ortiz struck out Ian Stewart and backup second baseman Matt Kata made a diving stop to rob Dexter Fowler of a hit.

The Rockies took a 2-1 lead to the bottom of the ninth before Street blew a save for the first time in nine chances this season.

Ivan Rodriguez led off with a single and Bourn reached on a bunt after Street threw wildly to first for an error. Tejada drove in Rodriguez with a bloop single to right.

The Astros' rally ruined an effective start by the Rockies' Ubaldo Jimenez, who allowed seven hits and four walks in six innings.

Felipe Paulino was dominant early, striking out five of the first 10 batters he faced. But the Rockies took a 2-0 lead in the fourth on back-to-back doubles by Todd Helton and Brad Hawpe and an RBI single by Seth Smith.

Jimenez wasn't as sharp as Paulino early, but kept the Astros in check.

Notes:@ The Rockies placed C Yorvit Torrealba on the restricted list for personal reasons and purchased the contract of C Edwin Bellorin from their Triple-A affiliate in Colorado Springs. ... Astros RHP Geoff Geary threw about 40 pitches in a simulated game on Tuesday. The middle reliever has been on the disabled list since May 14 with tendinitis in his right biceps. ... Tejada's 16-game hitting streak is the longest by an Astro since Berkman's 17-game streak between April 30 and May 18 last season. ... Rockies SS Troy Tulowitzki left in the fourth inning with an injured left hand and was replaced by Omar Quintanilla. Tulowitzki was taken to a Houston hospital for X-rays.

by the associated press

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