White, Matt Reynolds yield big hits; Rockies lose eighth straight
The Colorado Rockies lost their eighth straight game, falling 9-6 to the Houston Astros asand yielded three-run doubles.
The eight-game losing streak is the Rockies longest since they dropped their final eight games last season. That was part of a 1-13 end-of-season nosedive that the Rockies seem bent on repeating, if not, yikes, outdoing.
White gave up six hits and five runs in 4 2/3 innings as his ERA with the Rockies rose to 8.63 (32 1/3 innings, 31 earned runs). He retired the side in order in the first and allowed a run in the second on two hits, the second a double off the cozy left field fence by. White finished with no walks and six strikeouts but hurt himself repeatedly in the third.
He gave up a leadoff double to pitcher Henry Sosa. With one out, White hit consecutive batters, nailing Jose Altuve with a 2-2 pitch and J.D. Martinez when the count was 3-1. White then fell behind Carlos Lee 2-0, and He hammered White’s next pitch over the head of center fielderand onto the quirky hill in the deepest portion of Minute Maid Park. That three-run double gave the Astros a 4-2 lead.
White threw 93 pitches, 55 strikes, and gave up a final run in the fifth, which began with an infield single by Jordan Schafer and another single by Altuve. With one out, Schafer moved to third on White’s wild pitch and scored on Lee’s sacrifice fly.
, who went 3-for-4, led off the seventh with a homer that cut the Astros lead to 5-3. But in the bottom of the inning, gave up singles to two of the first three batters he faced. Roenicke threw a wild pitch that put runners on second and third but got Martinez to ground out.
After intentionally walking Lee, Roenicke gave way to left-hander Matt Reynolds. Astros manager Brad Mills countered by sending up Matt Downs, a right-handed hitter, to pinch hit for left-handed hitting Brian Bougusevic. Reynolds got ahead of Downs 0-2 but then threw a slider that caught far too much of the plate. Downs drove the ball to left-center, clearing the bases and giving the Astros an 8-6 lead.
, who was charged with a passed ball and could have done a better job at least one of three wild pitches, hit a long three-run homer to left-center with one out in the eighth. But Jim Miller gave up two walks sandwiched around a bunt single _ second baseman didn’t cover first base after third baseman Kouamanoff fielded the bunt by J.R. Towles. Pacheco began his career at second base but was converted to catcher after spring training in 2008. This was his first game in the majors at second base, a position he hadn’t played since 2007 at short-season Class A Tri-City.
Schafer’s sacrifice fly made it 9-6, and Mark Melancon,, who went to Golden High School, struck out two of the three batters he faced in the ninth to seal his 20th save.
The Rockies have been outscored 58-25 during their season-high eight-game losing streak and fell to 32-43 on the road.
struck out in the second with no out and runners on first and third and struck out again in the fourth after led off with a double. Wigginton is 18-for-114 (.158) with 36 strikeouts with runners in scoring position.
After Kouamanoff homered in the seventh, Rosario doubled and the Rockies ended up with one out and runners on second and third. Fowler grounded to third baseman Chris Johnson, who threw Rosario out at the plate. After Pacheco walked to load the bases,, who went 0-for-4 and played seven innings in the field, flied to left.