DENVER -- The Colorado Rockies know the odds are against them making another run at the playoffs. History and a strong homestand have them believing they can win the NL West.
Troy Tulowitzki scored from third on a wild pitch in the bottom of the 10th inning and the Rockies beat the Houston Astros 7-6 on Wednesday to complete a three-game sweep.Mark Ellis had four hits, and Tulowitzki and Carlos Gonzalez each homered for the Rockies, who have won five straight for the first time since April 15.The streak moved the Rockies eight games behind first-place Arizona. After making late-season runs in 2007 and '09 to reach the postseason, they feel they can overcome the deficit."We've done it before. If one thing's in our favor, of all the teams, we've been here before," Tulowitzki said. "We have to use that to our advantage. It's still a longshot, but if anybody can do it, it'll be us."After taking four of six games against Florida and Los Angeles, the Rockies earned a hard-fought sweep of the Astros on a wild finish.Tulowitzki reached on a one-out walk and went to third on Jonathan Herrera's single to center. After an intentional walk to Kevin Kouzmanoff, reliever Aneury Rodriguez (1-5) uncorked a wild pitch to Eliezer Alfonzo and Tulowitzki trotted home with the winning run."It's kind of a weird way to win a game but we'll take it," Tulowitzki said. "Any win we can get we'll take it."The win overshadowed Colorado facing Houston starter Wandy Rodriguez. Sources told ESPN earlier Wednesday that Rodriguez had been claimed off waivers by Colorado. However, sources told ESPN on Wednesday evening the Astros had taken Rodriguez off waivers, meaning he would stay on Houston's roster for the rest of the season. The deadline to make a deal is 1 p.m. Thursday, or the Astros can let Rodriguez clear waivers, which would allow the Rockies to acquire him.Rodriguez said the uncertainty didn't bother him Wednesday."I thought about it a lot (Tuesday) night," he said. "I didn't know if I would be pitching here or over there."The Rockies said it wasn't odd facing a possible teammate."We'd welcome him. Obviously some things have to fall into place," Tulowitzki said. "He's a proven pitcher at this level and he'd be a nice addition. At the same time if we can't come to something, what we have in this locker room is still good enough to make a run."The Astros gave Rodriguez some early support against Rockies starter Aaron Cook, scoring twice in the first on an RBI double by Carlos Lee and a single by Brian Bogusevic.Colorado responded with four in the bottom of the inning, capped by Tulowitzki's two-run homer, his 26th of the year.Houston tied it in the second. Clint Barmes led off with his ninth homer, Carlos Corporan tripled and Rodriquez singled to right. The Astros took a 5-4 lead on Jimmy Paredes' RBI groundout in the fourth.Gonzalez gave the Rockies a 6-5 lead with a two-run homer in the fourth, his 23rd. Houston tied it on Paredes' RBI single in the fifth.Rodriguez allowed six runs, four earned, on 10 hits, struck out two and walked four in six innings.Cook was going for his second straight win at Coors Field this season. He lasted just five innings, allowing six runs, five earned, on 11 hits.Matt Belisle (9-4), the Rockies' fifth pitcher, got the win to send them west with something to play for."Now because of some of the things that are taking place this becomes a very interesting nine-game road trip," manager Jim Tracy said.
Gonzalez extended his hit streak to 12 games. He has an RBI in nine straight games. ... Before the game, the Rockies called up Kouzmanoff and started him at third base. Colorado optioned INF Chris Nelson to make room for Kouzmanoff. ... Following the game the Astros recalled RHP J.A. Happ from Triple A and optioned outfielder J.B. Shuck. Happ will start Friday against the Giants. .. The Rockies will open a nine-game road trip Friday in Los Angeles. RHP Esmil Rogers will face the Dodgers for the second time in six days. The Astros head to San Francisco to start a four-game weekend series against the Giants. RHP Henry Sosa will start the opener.Information from The Associated Press contributed to this report.