C.J. Cron homered, doubled and drove in five runs, Dom Nunez also went deep, and the Colorado Rockies beat the Houston Astros 6-2 on Tuesday night in Denver.
Jon Gray pitched effectively into the seventh inning to help Colorado to just its second win in 10 games.
Michael Brantley collected three hits, Carlos Correa had an RBI double and also scored and Aledmys Diaz had a run-scoring double for Houston. The Astros have lost eight of their past nine.
The cool night helped the starting pitchers, who didn’t have much traffic to deal with. Gray allowed just one hit through the first five innings, a single to Brantley, while walking just two in that span.
Houston struck first in the top of the sixth. Brantley reached on a one-out single and scored on Correa’s double down the right field line to make it 1-0.
Astros starter Luis Garcia was equally sharp, giving up a bloop double in the fourth and a one-out double in the fifth before running into trouble in the sixth.
He walked Raimel Tapia to lead off the inning but battled back from a 3-0 count to get Ryan McMahon to ground into a double play. Story singled and Blackmon was hit by a pitch to put runners at first and second. Bryan Abreu relieved Garcia, and Cron hit a two-run double to center field to give the Rockies the lead.
Garcia (0-1) allowed two runs on three hits, struck out six and walked three in 5 2/3 innings.
Gray walked Yuli Gurriel to start the seventh, then got Diaz to ground into a double play but left after walking Martin Maldonado.
Gray (2-1) allowed one run on three hits, struck out six and walked four in 6 2/3 innings.
Nunez gave Colorado some cushion when he crushed a one-out homer to right-center off Ryne Stanek in the seventh. It was his fourth of the season.
Cron’s three-run homer with one out in the eighth — his first of the season — iced it for the Rockies. Diaz’s two-out double in the ninth drove in Correa from first.
–Field Level Media
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