Rockies Edge Astros, 8-6
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HOUSTON (AP) _ Two homers and five RBIs from Jeff Bagwell weren’t enough to keep Colorado from damaging Houston’s postseason hopes.
Rookie Aaron Cook won his second consecutive start, allowing seven hits in six innings Wednesday night as the Colorado Rockies beat the Astros 8-6.
Houston, which has 16 games remaining, began the night 5 1/2 games behind NL Central-leading St. Louis.
Bagwell reached 30 homers for the seventh consecutive season and the eighth time in nine years. Bagwell, who also homered Tuesday, has three multihomer games this year and 26 in his career. It was his third five-RBI game this season.
Kirk Saarloos (6-5) gave up six runs _ five earned _ seven hits and three walks in 4 2-3 innings. The Astros had won their previous seven home games against the Rockies.
Cook (2-1), making his fourth major league start, allowed three runs, struck out four and walked one. He also had a run-scoring single in the fifth inning for his first major league hit and RBI.
Bagwell put Houston ahead with an RBI single in the third, but Todd Zeile tied it with a run-scoring single in the fourth.
Colorado broke open the game in the fifth on RBI singles by Jose Uribe and Cook, Juan Pierre’s run-scoring groundout, Gabe Kapler’s RBI single and a run-scoring throwing error by catcher Brad Ausmus.
Bagwell hit two-run homers in the sixth and eighth innings, sandwiched around a two-run homer by Todd Helton.
Notes: Jay Payton left in the third inning after straining a ribcage muscle trying to catch a fly ball by Brian Hunter.