Astros lefthander Wandy Rodriguez was roughed up, giving up 10 hits, seven earned runs, and four home runs in five innings pitched. Brandon Backe pitched two innings in relief and seemed to be pitching batting practice—three runs, two walks, three hits.
The Astros, meanwhile, struggled against Colorado starter Jason Hammel, scoring only two runs on four hits in seven innings.
If you struggle against Astros' pitching, you should consult Rockies first baseman Todd Helton. He's .315 on the season and hit safely in all four games against Houston. In the series he went 5-15 (.333) with three RBIs.
Houston is now 23-29 on the season and still in the N.L. Central cellar, and, again, it poses the question—will they live up to manager Cecil Cooper's 90-win season prediction? To do so, they'll have to go 67-43 the rest of the season.