–The Rockies are 7-24 (.226) at Minute Maid Park, the lowest winning percentage of any National League team there. They are 1-5 against the Astros, whom they will play Thursday for the final time in 2009. The Rockies have lost the season series to the Astros in five of the past six years.
–The Rockies are 2-4 under interim manager, having lost four straight and seven of their past nine games. They are 4-27 when the opponent has scored first and 1-27 when trailing after seven innings.
–Jason Marquis is 0-2 with a 12.10 ERA (9 2/3 innings, 13 earned runs) in two starts against the Astros and 7-2 with a 2.91 ERA (65 innings, 24 earned runs) against all other teams.
–‘s three-run homer in the fifth gave him his first RBI since May 13 when he hit a two-run homer off Mike Hampton of the Astros at Coors Field. Stewart went 42 at-bats without an RBI and broke a string of nine hitless at-bats with runners in scoring position with his three-run shot. Stewart, who also singled in the ninth and went 2-for-4, had his first multi-hit games since May 12 against the Astros when he went 2-for-4 with two homers, including a grand slam, and five RBI.
–The Rockies have matched their season-worst four-game losing streak. They also lost four straight April 17-20. During the current streak, the Rockies have scored nine runs and have batted .234 (33-for-141) overall and .185 (5-for-27) with runners in scoring position.
–Garrett Atkins went 0-for-4, extending his hitless string to nine at-bats and dropping his average to .188. He’s 14-for-61 (.230) with runners in scoring position.
–The Astros relievers have combined to pitch 10 scoreless innings while winning the first three games of the series, allowing seven hits in that stretch.
–went 2-for-4 and in six games since Tracy moved him to the second spot in the batting order, Barmes is 12-for-26 (.462).
–, 2-for-2 with two intentional walks, raised his average to .353, the highest it has been since May 17 (.358). Hawpe is 9-for-18 in his past five games with two doubles, one homer, four runs scored and four RBI.
–underwent an MRI exam on his sore left hand. In his absence, Barmes made his fifth start of the season at shortstop, and Stewart made his 13th start at second base but first since May 14.
Reliever Ryan Speier was taken off his rehab assignment _ which could have run through June 11 _ at Triple-A Colorado Springs due to soreness in the back of his shoulder.