Two pitches into the game, lead-off hitter Brian Hunter hit a double to left field. On the next pitch, future Hall-of-Famer Craig Biggio bunted him over to third. Another future Hall-of-Famer Jeff Bagwell followed with a RBI single to make it a 1-0 game within the first nine pitches of the game.
On the next pitch, Derek Bell hit a two-run home run to make it a 3-0 Astros lead on just ten pitches. Starting pitcher Armando Reynoso gave up a walk to Tony Eusebio and hit Orlando Miller but he got out of the inning without any further damage.
In the bottom of the first, Eric Young led off the frame with a single on the first pitch he saw. Young stole second base (no surprise) and Mike Kingery walked. After Dante Bichette and Larry Walker flyed out, the eventual player of the game, Andres Galarraga laced the first pitch down the left field line for a RBI single to score Young, advance Kingery to third, and make it a 3-1 Astros lead. However, starting pitcher Doug Drabek got out of the inning without any more damage.
In the second inning, Drabek singled but was retired on a force-out that got Hunter on-base. Biggio singled and two batters later, Bell drove Hunter in on an error by Walt Weiss to make it a 4-1 Astros game. In the bottom half of the inning, Reynoso had a single but the Rockies had nothing else.