Houston Astros continue to roll, defeat the Rockies 8-4


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Correa hits two-run HR in win

Rookie phenom Carlos Correa launched a monster two-run shot during the top half of the first as the Houston Astros would continue their winning ways, defeating the Colorado Rockies by the final score of 8-4.

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Outfielder George Springer led off the game with a single to center field, giving his team the opportunity to record a run in the first inning. Something this team has done a lot over the past week. Shortly after Correa went deep, all-star hopeful Jose Altuve and Preston Tucker grounded out to shortstop Troy Tulowitzki before Chris Carter doubled to right field.

Third baseman Luis Valbuena failed to drive in Carter from second base, striking out to retire the side. Springer continued to stay hot in the batter’s box, pushing Houston’s lead to 3-0 on an RBI single to center field to plate Jason Castro in the second inning.

Starting pitcher, Brett Oberholtzer worked through 6 1/3 frames, surrendering three earned runs on eight hits and five strikeouts before handing things over to Josh Fields. Oberholtzer (2-1, 2.73 ERA) nearly hit 90 pitches, finishing with 86 with 56 strikes.

Colorado put together a mid-game rally in the fourth inning with Carlos Gonzalez and Nolan Arenado in the batter’s box, cutting the lead down to just one. Gonzalez recorded a sacrifice fly to drive in DJ LeMahieu then Arenado followed that up with an RBI single to center field but was thrown out while trying to advance to second base.

Both Jake Marisnick and Tucker clubbed a solo home run, eventually extending Houston’s lead to 5-2. Correa kept things going in the sixth inning by hitting a ground-rule double to deep right field, allowing Castro to come across to score for the second time in the game.

Carter, who doubled earlier on in the game, launched a huge two-run shot to right-center field, making it 8-3 with John Axford on the mound.

Veteran reliever Chad Qualls entered the ninth inning with a solid five-run lead in his back pocket, looking to keep Houston’s winning streak alive. Qualls gave up a leadoff home run to Carlos Gonzalez to center field, cutting the lead down to four but that’s all the damage the Rox would be able to do.

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