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Astros 7, Rockies 5
Starter Wandy Rodriguez suffered a right oblique strain in the first inning. (David Zalubowski/AP)
An Astros bench that has been one of the keys to the club's emergence since the Alll-Star break once again came up big, as Darin Erstad and David Newhan each came through with pinch-hit RBIs in the eighth inning in Sunday's series finale.
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Series at a glance:
HOU
Houston (76-67)
Won 2
Houston 7, Colorado 5   COL
Colorado (67-77)
Lost 2
September 7, 2008
   1   2   3   4   5   6   7   8   9   R   H   E 
Houston
0 0 3 0 0 1 0 2 1   7 12 0
Colorado
0 0 2 0 0 3 0 0 0   5 9 1
Standings thru 9/7/08  |  Recap: HOU | COL  |  Gameday  |  Astros stats  |  Rockies stats
Houston AB R H RBI BB SO LOB AVG
Bourn, CF 4 1 0 0 1 1 2 .222
Loretta, 2B 4 1 3 1 0 0 0 .279
  1-Maysonet, PR-2B 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 .000
  Hawkins, P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
  Valverde, P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
Tejada, M, SS 4 1 1 0 0 1 1 .282
Berkman, 1B 2 0 0 1 2 0 0 .326
Pence, RF 4 1 1 0 1 0 4 .272
Castillo, Jo, 3B 3 1 3 2 1 0 0 .245
Abercrombie, LF 4 1 1 0 0 1 3 .263
Ausmus, C 3 0 1 0 0 1 3 .218
  c-Erstad, PH 1 1 1 1 0 0 0 .287
  Quintero, C 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .234
Rodriguez, W, P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .105
  a-Backe, PH 1 0 0 0 0 1 1 .277
  Cassel, Ja, P 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 .286
  b-Blum, PH 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 .236
  Sampson, P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .136
  Brocail, P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
  d-Newhan, PH-2B 1 0 1 1 0 0 0 .268
Totals 33 7 12 7 5 5 15  

a-Struck out for Rodriguez, W in the 2nd. b-Hit a sacrifice fly for Cassel, Ja in the 6th. c-Singled for Ausmus in the 8th. d-Tripled for Brocail in the 8th.
1-Ran for Loretta in the 7th.

BATTING
2B: Loretta (15, De La Rosa, J), Tejada, M (33, De La Rosa, J).
3B: Newhan (2, Buchholz, T).
TB: Castillo, Jo 3; Ausmus; Loretta 4; Tejada, M 2; Erstad; Abercrombie; Pence; Newhan 3.
RBI: Loretta (36), Berkman (95), Castillo, Jo 2 (37), Blum (49), Erstad (27), Newhan (9).
2-out RBI: Castillo, Jo.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Pence; Backe; Ausmus 2; Maysonet; Abercrombie.
SAC: Tejada, M; Abercrombie.
SF: Berkman; Castillo, Jo; Blum.
GIDP: Pence.
Team RISP: 3-for-12.
Team LOB: 9.

BASERUNNING
SB: Abercrombie 2 (2, 2nd base off De La Rosa, J/Iannetta, 2nd base off De La Rosa, J/Iannetta), Bourn (37, 2nd base off De La Rosa, J/Iannetta), Pence (9, 2nd base off Vizcaino/Iannetta).

FIELDING
DP: (Tejada, M-Loretta-Berkman).

 
Colorado AB R H RBI BB SO LOB AVG
Barmes, 2B 5 1 3 0 0 0 1 .291
Spilborghs, CF 2 0 0 0 1 1 1 .303
  Corpas, P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
  b-Podsednik, PH 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 .256
  Buchholz, T, P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
  Vizcaino, P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
  c-Baker, Je, PH 1 0 0 0 0 1 1 .253
Holliday, LF 5 0 1 2 0 2 2 .325
Atkins, G, 1B 4 1 2 0 0 2 3 .290
Iannetta, C 3 1 0 0 1 1 3 .270
Hawpe, RF 4 1 2 3 0 1 0 .294
Tulowitzki, SS 4 0 0 0 0 1 1 .240
Stewart, I, 3B 3 0 1 0 1 1 0 .295
De La Rosa, J, P 2 1 0 0 0 0 2 .118
  Rusch, G, P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .053
  a-Taveras, W, PH-CF 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 .255
Totals 35 5 9 5 3 11 14  

a-Hit by pitch for Rusch, G in the 6th. b-Grounded out for Corpas in the 7th. c-Struck out for Vizcaino in the 9th.

BATTING
2B: Holliday (35, Cassel, Ja).
HR: Hawpe (23, 6th inning off Sampson, 2 on, 0 out).
TB: Atkins, G 2; Barmes 3; Hawpe 5; Stewart, I; Holliday 2.
RBI: Holliday 2 (81), Hawpe 3 (79).
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Atkins, G; Iannetta 2; De La Rosa, J; Holliday.
GIDP: Tulowitzki.
Team RISP: 2-for-8.
Team LOB: 7.

BASERUNNING
SB: Barmes (10, 2nd base off Rodriguez, W/Ausmus).

FIELDING
E: Taveras, W (6, throw).
DP: (Tulowitzki-Barmes-Atkins, G).

 
Houston IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Rodriguez, W 1.0 1 0 0 0 3 0 3.73
Cassel, Ja 4.0 4 2 2 2 2 0 6.65
Sampson (BS, 2) 1.0 2 3 3 1 1 1 4.27
Brocail (W, 7-5) 1.0 1 0 0 0 1 0 4.24
Hawkins (H, 8) 1.0 0 0 0 0 1 0 4.42
Valverde (S, 40) 1.0 1 0 0 0 3 0 3.60
 
Colorado IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
De La Rosa, J 5.1 6 4 4 4 3 0 5.30
Rusch, G 0.2 0 0 0 0 0 0 4.99
Corpas (H, 16) 1.0 1 0 0 1 0 0 3.91
Buchholz, T (BS, 2)(L, 6-5) 1.0 3 2 2 0 0 0 2.06
Vizcaino 1.0 2 1 1 0 2 0 4.91

WP: Cassel, Ja.
HBP: Taveras, W (by Sampson).
Pitches-strikes: Rodriguez, W 18-13, Cassel, Ja 53-35, Sampson 25-17, Brocail 14-10, Hawkins 16-9, Valverde 17-12, De La Rosa, J 101-59, Rusch, G 8-6, Corpas 12-7, Buchholz, T 15-10, Vizcaino 23-15.
Groundouts-flyouts: Rodriguez, W 0-0, Cassel, Ja 5-4, Sampson 0-1, Brocail 1-0, Hawkins 1-0, Valverde 0-0, De La Rosa, J 7-3, Rusch, G 1-1, Corpas 2-0, Buchholz, T 1-0, Vizcaino 0-0.
Batters faced: Rodriguez, W 4, Cassel, Ja 17, Sampson 7, Brocail 4, Hawkins 3, Valverde 4, De La Rosa, J 26, Rusch, G 2, Corpas 4, Buchholz, T 6, Vizcaino 5.
Inherited runners-scored: Rusch, G 2-1.
Umpires: HP: Chris Guccione. 1B: Angel Hernandez. 2B: Marty Foster. 3B: Derryl Cousins.
Weather: 68 degrees, sunny.
Wind: 7 mph, In from CF.
T: 3:08.
Att: 30,509.
Venue: Coors Field.
September 7, 2008
September 7, 2008

Box score official statistics approved by Major League Baseball Office of the Commissioner
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