Colorado Rockies, Kyle Kendrick Sunk On Four Astros Home Runs


Apr 28, 2015; Phoenix, AZ, USA; Colorado Rockies pitcher K. Kendrick reacts against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Chase Field. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

The Colorado Rockies came home Wednesday night to face the Houston Astros — again — for the first of two home games in interleague play. 

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Kyle Kendrick gave up two more home runs to pad his league-leading number of dingers allowed, and the Houston Astros outran the Colorado Rockies 8-4 on Wednesday night in Denver.

Kendrick (2-9) took his team-leading ninth loss of the year, allowing four runs on seven hits in five innings, including a first-inning two-run home run to George Springer that sailed well up into the left field bleachers, starting the Rockies off on the wrong foot.

Springer struck again in the second with an RBI single, and the Astros took a 3-0 lead off Kendrick after one and a half frames.

The Rockies got on the board in the bottom of the fourth inning on a Carlos Gonzalez sacrifice fly, and a Nolan Arenado single, that made the game 3-2 as Kendrick settled down on the mound.

Kendrick gave up his second homer in the fifth, when Preston Tucker hit a solo shot to center field, and the Astros pushed two more across in the sixth inning against Christian Friedrich on a Jake Marisnick home run and a Carlos Correa RBI ground-rule double.

Nick Hundley hit an RBI single in the seventh inning to make it a 7-3 game, but that’s as close as the Rockies would get late.

Both teams traded home runs in the ninth inning, with Chris Carter hitting a solo shot for the Astros, and Carlos Gonzalez hitting a big fly for the Rockies, but the game ended 8-4 in the Astros’ favor.

The Rockies and Astros play again in Denver on Thursday afternoon. Much more coming tomorrow morning in staff writer Michelle Stalnaker’s analysis of this one.

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