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In Craig Biggio's 2781st game as a major leaguer, the 41-year-old was in the twilight of his career and a big milestone loomed on the horizon. But the veteran wasn't thinking about that.
The Astros were returning home from a 2-6 road trip with a record of 32-46 when they began a homestand on June 28th against the Colorado Rockies. Biggio had eight hits on the road but his batting average was still an anemic .238. There were murmurs that Biggio should step aside and let young prospect Chris Burke, hero of the 2005 NLDS, take over at second base.
That wasn't going to happen now with Biggio three hits away from the storied 3000 hits that signify almost automatic admittance to the Hall of Fame. Many of the 42,537 in attendance were there to see him. The national media had practically ignored Biggio's quest, focusing instead on Frank Thomas' pursuit of 500 homers which occurred the same night. To Biggio, it didn't matter. There was a game to win.
After Biggio rolled out in the first, he smacked a single to center off Aaron Cook in the third for career hit #2998. However, the Astros trailed Colorado, 1-0, and his teammates failed to drive across a run.
Craig was back to the plate in the fifth. This time, he squibbed a bouncer that was handled by third baseman Garrett Atkins. The high throw sailed past the first baseman as Biggio crossed the bag. The official scorer ruled it a base hit plus an error on Atkins for advancing the runner. That was hit #2999 and the capacity crowd was now riveted to the game. Again, however, the Astros failed to score.
Then came the seventh. With Brad Ausmus at second and flash bulbs popping, Biggio lined a 2-0 pitch into right center. With the catcher rounding third, Biggio decided to decoy outfielder Willy Taveras by taking off for second. The strategy worked. Biggio was thrown out easily but Ausmus scored unchallenged to tie the game at one apiece. Craig had reached the milestone - hit #3000.
Craig dusted himself off after making the final out of the inning then the celebration commenced. His sons, Conor and Cavan, dressed as bat boys, came out to hug their father. Soon wife Patty and daughter Quinn were there too. Teammates and even a few Colorado players lined up to congratulate Craig on the milestone. Soon, former teammate and best friend Jeff Bagwell came out of the stands to hug Craig and raise his arm as if he'd just won a prizefight. The fans continued to cheer and applaud for minutes.
But there was still a game to be won. With the game knotted at four, Biggio led off the ninth with a single to left center off Manny Corpas. A forceout removed Biggio and a double play killed the threat. They went on to extra innings.
Troy Tulowitzki homered off Brian Moehler to give Colorado a 6-5 lead in the 11th. Down to their last out, Biggio stepped up with nobody on base. Facing closer Brian Fuentes, Craig tapped a dribbler to the shortstop and motored down the first base line as fast his 41-year-old wheels could take him. He barely beat the throw to first. That was his fifth hit of the night and career knock #3002.
Hunter Pence followed with a double and Lance Berkman was hit by a pitch to fill the bases. Up stepped slugger Carlos Lee who was 1-for-5 on the night. Lee turned on the first pitch he saw and belted it out of the ballpark down the left field line for a walk-off grand slam and an 8-5 Houston triumph!
There were two celebrations going on at the same time - one because of the miracle finish that seized the game and one for the gritty kid from Smithtown, New York who refused to quit while there was a game to be won.
Postscript: Biggio retired at the end of the season, playing his final game as a catcher to commemorate how he started his career. He finished with 3060 big league hits, 291 homers, 668 doubles, 414 stolen bases and a .281 career batting average. He was elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown in 2015 on his third attempt, the first to go in modeling an Astros baseball cap on his plaque. His best friend and teammate, Jeff Bagwell, followed him into the Hall in 2017.
The hit that made the Hall
Biggio and son Conor share a moment
A kiss for wife Patty
Teammates line up to congratulate
Biggio celebrates with Jeff Bagwell
The scoreboard tells the story
HOUSTON -- Craig Biggio kissed his wife, hugged everyone in sight and dragged former teammate Jeff Bagwell out onto the field to soak in the celebration.
It was the perfect place for the Astros second baseman to get his 3,000th career hit.
"I couldn't have scripted it any better," Biggio said. "There are a lot of things that have happened over the past 20 years but tonight is the best."
Biggio reached the milestone number on Thursday night with a single to center field in the seventh inning and then passed Roberto Clemente for 26th on the career list with the fourth of his season-high five hits.
He was thrown out trying to stretch the 3,000th hit into a double against the Rockies. He singled to right in the ninth and singled again in the 11th in Houston's 8-5 win.
Biggio is the first player to reach 3,000 hits since Rafael Palmeiro on July 15, 2005, with Baltimore.
The 41-year-old, who entered the season needing 70 hits to reach the milestone, has played his entire 20-year career with Houston, making him the longest tenured player in franchise history.
"I'm relieved," he said. "Seventy is a big number. I can downplay it as much as I want but 70 hits is a lot of hits, especially at my age."
The sellout crowd stood and chanted 'Bi-ggi-o' at each bat and cameras twinkled with each pitch. Fans held signs that read 'Mr. 3,000' and 'Biggio's Hit Parade.' One woman wore an orange shirt that featured block letters that read 'Biggio' and '3,000.'
His 3,000th hit came one day shy of the 19th anniversary of his first career hit, a single off Orel Hershiser on June 29, 1988.
Fireworks went off, the counter in left-center field with red illuminated numbers ticked to 3,000 and a giant banner with his picture and 3,000 that spanned from the train track to the roof of the stadium was unveiled after the hit.
Everyone on the team, including those in the bullpen, stormed the field to congratulate Biggio. His wife Patty, sons Conor and Cavan, and daughter Quinn also joined in the celebration. His sons were in the dugout acting as bat boys.
He kissed his wife and held his 7-year-old daughter in the air.
"Houston has always been very special to him," Patty Biggio said. "He's always wanted to stay here, this was where he wanted to be and to have this happen here couldn't have been more perfect."
He went to the dugout and hugged everyone while the crowd continued to go wild. Biggio then pulled Bagwell out of the dugout and returned with him to the field, where they stood arm and arm. Biggio and Bagwell played together for 15 seasons before Bagwell retired in December.
Biggio's first hit of the night came on a single to center field in the third inning.
The second hit, also a single, came on a grounder to third base in the fifth. Garrett Atkins badly overthrew first base on the play, leaving the official scorer to pause for several tense seconds before calling it a single and ruling an error allowed Biggio to advance to second.
Biggio is the only player in major league history to have at least 600 doubles (658), 250 home runs (286), 3,000 hits and 400 stolen bases (413).
He reflected on his career and the importance of reaching the milestone before Thursday's game.
"I've been very grateful and blessed to be in the situation where I'm at now and to play one of the greatest games in the world for 20 years," he said. "This is very, very special."
Astros general manager Tim Purpura said the team plans to honor Biggio in August for reaching the mark. Barry Bonds is the next closest player to 3,000 hits. The San Francisco Giants slugger is 104 hits away and needs seven home runs to pass Hank Aaron on the career list.
"He's a great player," Bonds said of Biggio. "He's always been good, ever since I've watched him play. He's phenomenal. I would love the opportunity to play with him. Leadoff hitters don't come around that often."
During his two decades with the Astros, Biggio has become known in the city as much for his charitable work as he has for his play. He has been the national spokesman for the Sunshine Kids Foundation, which helps children with cancer, for more than a decade.
He hosts an annual party for the patients at Minute Maid Park and puts on a golf tournament each year to raise money for the foundation. Sunshine Kids officials estimate that the tournament has raised more than $1 million for the cause.
HOUSTON -- There was never a question that Craig Biggio was going to reach 3,000 hits. The question was, when?
The answer: Immediately.
Biggio needed three hits for the big milestone when he stepped to the plate for the first time Thursday night at Minute Maid Park. By the time the Astros beat the Rockies on Carlos Lee's 11th-inning grand slam, Biggio had hit Nos. 2,998, 2,999 3,000, 3,001 and 3,002.
"I was just getting exhausted out there," Biggio said.
The night was exhausting, but exhilarating as well. The second baseman admittedly couldn't have scripted it any better had he written it out beforehand. He singled in the third and the fifth to send the crowd of 42,537 into an utter frenzy, but when he singled off Aaron Cook in the seventh frame for his 3,000th hit, absolute pandemonium swept through Minute Maid Park.
OK, so he was thrown out at second trying to stretch it into his 659th career double. Never mind that. Brad Ausmus jumped out of the dugout and raced toward Biggio, and soon, the rest of the team joined in, mobbing Biggio with pats and hugs and high fives.
Biggio's wife, Patty and daughter Quinn, ran onto the field from their cushy seats behind the plate, courtesy of club owner Drayton McLane. Biggio's batboy sons, Conor and Cavan, ran in from the dugout as well. Forty-three family and friends of the Biggios, from both Houston and New Jersey, celebrated from various areas of the ballpark.
As Biggio lifted Quinn high in the air, Patty sobbed. Soon, Biggio did the same. The moment was a relief, a thrill and mostly, a release of all of the tension that had been building over time, especially in the last couple of weeks.
"It was definitely a release," Patty Biggio said. "He looked so determined out there tonight. He was super-focused. I didn't move from my seat, didn't stop chewing the gum I was chewing, I didn't do anything different than when he got the first hit."
The best moment arrived minutes later when Biggio spotted Jeff Bagwell in the dugout and coaxed his longtime teammate and friend onto the field. Biggio pulled a visibly reluctant Bagwell onto the right side of the infield grass, right near where the two played side by side for 15 years from 1991-2005.
"I couldn't have scripted it any better," a choked up Biggio said. "As a baseball player, the way the fans treated me. ... I've said for a long time, I love these guys, I love this city, I worked hard here and they appreciated that."
Biggio is usually as locked in as a player can be when he bats, able to tune out the BIG-GI-O chants from the stands. But on this night, he was keenly aware of the standing ovations he received before, during and after each at-bat.
Touching, yes. And a bit unnerving.
"I tried to stay focused, but you get a standing ovation every single time up there, it's a nice appreciation," he said. "I'm very grateful, really thankful, for a lot of things. A lot of things have happened here over the course of my 20-year career, but tonight I think was the best. I'm just glad we finally got it done."
Biggio began the season with 2,930 hits and while there was little doubt he'd reach 3,000, the pace by which he was tallying the hits was somewhat disconcerting. Entering the game, Biggio was hitting .238 on the year, several dozen points under his career average.
Biggio knew he was going to reach the finish line, but he also acknowledged that 70 was no small number.
"I can downplay it as much as I want," he said. "But 70 is a lot of hits, especially at my age. We've had some good weeks and some bad weeks but to finally get there, get over the hump and get somebody from this organization finally on that list. ... This is a proud day for the Astros."
Biggio is the 27th player in Major League history to log 3,000 hits. He's the ninth to do so while playing all of this games with one team, and by logging his 3,001st and 3,002nd, he's now 26th all-time, having passed Roberto Clemente, who had exactly 3,000 hits during his Hall of Fame career.
Biggio's 3,000th hit was a no-doubter. No. 2,999? Not so much.
In the fifth frame, he laced a sharp grounder toward third base, where Garrett Atkins took two steps to his right and reached across his body to field the ball. After a brief pause, Atkins threw the ball high above first baseman Todd Helton's outstretched glove, and as the ball hit the wall next to the Astros' dugout and Biggio advanced to second, the sellout crowd waited for the official scorer's ruling.
Base hit, runner advances to second on an E-5.
Official scorer Trey Wilkinson cited rule 10.12 (a)(1) as his reasoning for the call. The rule states: "Slow handling of the ball that does not involve mechanical misplay shall not be construed as an error."
In other words, the official scorer can't charge an error if the fielder fields a ground ball cleanly but does not throw to first base in time to retire the batter.
"(Atkins) held onto the ball for what I would consider an abnormally long time," Wilkinson said. "By the time the ball was thrown, to the naked eye -- plus looking at multiple replays -- you can't tell if a good throw would have made it, if he would have been thrown out or not."
Atkins' throw was "terrible, no doubt about it," Wilkinson conceded, but Biggio likely would have beaten it out had it been more accurate.
"It was going to be a bang-bang play, no question about that," Wilkinson said. "Somebody's got to make the call. That's why there's an official scorer. In my opinion, it's a hit."
Garner joked that he wants Biggio to go for 3,000 hits every day.
"He was running like a 20-year-old out there," Garner laughed.
When the game ended, McLane was one of the first to Biggio with offers of congratulations.
"This morning at 7:30 I asked everybody, who thinks he'll get it tonight, raise their hand," McLane said. "And nobody raised their hand. When I asked to bid on Friday, some said that, more said Saturday and most said Sunday. Nobody that I talked to thought he'd get it the first night.
"But that just shows how important his career is. He exemplifies what the Houston Astros stand for. How unusual is it in the last 25 years of free agency to have a player drafted by the Astros and has played 20 years without playing for another club. That's incredible."
Craig Biggio's career milestone hits 1: Orel Hershiser Dodgers June 29, 1988 100: Mike LaCoss Giants July 30, 1989 500: Terry Mulholland Phillies May 20, 1992 1,000: Mark Dyer Pirates July 1, 1995 1,500: Rick Dehart Expos April 24, 1998 2,000: Javier Vazquez Expos May 4, 2001 2,500: Horacio Ramirez Braves May 8, 2004 3,000: Aaron Cook Rockies June 28, 2007
Game Played on Thursday, June 28, 2007 (N) at Minute Maid Park COL N 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 3 0 0 1 - 5 14 1 HOU N 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 3 0 0 4 - 8 16 0 BATTING Colorado Rockies AB R H RBI BB SO PO A Taveras cf 6 0 2 0 0 2 1 1 Matsui 2b 5 0 1 0 0 0 6 1 Holliday lf 5 0 2 0 0 0 1 0 Helton 1b 5 0 0 0 0 2 12 0 Atkins 3b 5 1 1 0 0 1 0 4 Hawpe rf 3 0 1 0 0 0 3 0 Spilborghs ph,rf 2 1 1 2 0 1 1 0 Tulowitzki ss 5 2 3 1 0 1 2 5 Iannetta c 3 1 2 2 2 0 6 2 Cook p 3 0 1 0 0 1 0 3 Baker ph 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 Hawkins p 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 Corpas p 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 Affeldt p 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 Julio p 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 Sullivan ph 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 Fuentes p 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 Totals 44 5 14 5 2 9 32 16 FIELDING - DP: 1. Iannetta-Matsui. E: Atkins (7). BATTING - 2B: Hawpe (17,off Oswalt); Atkins (19,off Miller). 3B: Matsui (5,off Oswalt). HR: Iannetta (2,3rd inning off Oswalt 0 on 0 out); Spilborghs (3,8th inning off Qualls 1 on 1 out); Tulowitzki (8,11th inning off Moehler 0 on 0 out). GDP: Helton (7,off Oswalt); Baker (6,off Borkowski). Team LOB: 8. BASERUNNING - SB: Tulowitzki (4,2nd base off Qualls/Ausmus). Houston Astros AB R H RBI BB SO PO A Biggio 2b 6 1 5 1 0 0 1 5 Pence cf 6 1 1 0 0 0 4 0 Berkman rf,1b 5 2 1 1 0 1 4 0 Lee lf 6 1 2 4 0 0 1 0 Loretta 3b,ss 5 1 3 0 0 1 2 0 Lamb 1b,3b 4 1 1 2 1 1 8 1 Ausmus c 5 1 2 0 0 2 9 1 Bruntlett ss 2 0 0 0 0 0 3 5 Scott ph,rf 1 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 Oswalt p 2 0 1 0 0 0 1 2 Palmeiro ph 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 Miller p 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 Qualls p 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 Borkowski p 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 Ensberg ph 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 Wheeler p 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 Moehler p 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 Burke ph 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 Totals 45 8 16 8 2 6 33 15 FIELDING - DP: 2. Bruntlett-Lamb, Biggio-Bruntlett-Lamb. BATTING - 2B: Pence (20,off Fuentes). HR: Berkman (12,8th inning off Hawkins 0 on 1 out); Lamb (7,8th inning off Hawkins 1 on 2 out); Lee (15,11th inning off Fuentes 3 on 2 out). SH: Bruntlett (2,off Cook). HBP: Berkman (5,by Fuentes). Team LOB: 9. BASERUNNING - SB: Lee (5,2nd base off Cook/Iannetta). CS: Pence (4,2nd base by Affeldt/Iannetta). PITCHING Colorado Rockies IP H R ER BB SO HR BFP Cook 7 7 1 1 1 2 0 28 Hawkins 0.2 4 3 3 0 0 2 6 Corpas 0.2 1 0 0 1 0 0 4 Affeldt 0.2 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 Julio 1 1 0 0 0 2 0 4 Fuentes L(0-3) 0.2 3 4 4 0 1 1 6 Totals 10.2 16 8 8 2 6 3 49 HBP: Fuentes (6,Berkman). Inherited Runners - Scored: Corpas 1-0; Affeldt 1-0. . Houston Astros IP H R ER BB SO HR BFP Oswalt 7 9 1 1 2 4 1 30 Miller 0.1 1 1 1 0 0 0 2 Qualls 0 3 2 2 0 0 1 3 Borkowski 0.2 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 Wheeler 2 0 0 0 0 4 0 6 Moehler W(1-2) 1 1 1 1 0 1 1 4 Totals 11 14 5 5 2 9 3 46 Inherited Runners - Scored: Qualls 1-1; Borkowski 1-0. . Umpires: HP - Larry Poncino, 1B - Bruce Dreckman, 2B - Gary Darling, 3B - Jerry Meals Official Scorer: Trey Wilkinson Time of Game: 3:44 Attendance: 42537
Starting Lineups: Colorado Rockies Houston Astros 1. Taveras cf Biggio 2b 2. Matsui 2b Pence cf 3. Holliday lf Berkman rf 4. Helton 1b Lee lf 5. Atkins 3b Loretta 3b 6. Hawpe rf Lamb 1b 7. Tulowitzki ss Ausmus c 8. Iannetta c Bruntlett ss 9. Cook p Oswalt pROCKIES 1ST: Taveras singled to shortstop; Matsui flied to center; Holliday singled to left [Taveras to third]; Helton grounded into a double play (shortstop to first) [Holliday out at second]; 0 R, 2 H, 0 E, 1 LOB. Rockies 0, Astros 0.
ASTROS 1ST: Biggio grounded out (third to first); Pence grounded out (shortstop to first); Berkman flied to center; 0 R, 0 H, 0 E, 0 LOB. Rockies 0, Astros 0.
ROCKIES 2ND: Atkins grounded out (shortstop to first); Hawpe grounded out (shortstop to first); Tulowitzki struck out; 0 R, 0 H, 0 E, 0 LOB. Rockies 0, Astros 0.
ASTROS 2ND: Lee grounded out (shortstop to first); Loretta singled to right; Lamb flied to left; Ausmus forced Loretta (shortstop to second); 0 R, 1 H, 0 E, 1 LOB. Rockies 0, Astros 0.
ROCKIES 3RD: Iannetta homered; Cook singled to center; On a bunt Taveras singled to catcher [Cook out at third (catcher to shortstop)]; Matsui flied to center; Holliday singled to center [Taveras to third]; Helton flied to right; 1 R, 4 H, 0 E, 2 LOB. Rockies 1, Astros 0.
ASTROS 3RD: Bruntlett lined to right; Oswalt singled to right; Biggio singled to center [Oswalt to second]; Pence grounded out (pitcher to first) [Oswalt to third, Biggio to second]; Berkman popped to shortstop; 0 R, 2 H, 0 E, 2 LOB. Rockies 1, Astros 0.
ROCKIES 4TH: Atkins lined to third; Hawpe doubled to right; Tulowitzki flied to center; Iannetta walked; Cook forced Iannetta (shortstop to second); 0 R, 1 H, 0 E, 2 LOB. Rockies 1, Astros 0.
ASTROS 4TH: Lee singled to center; Loretta struck out while Lee stole second; Lee was hit on the head by the throw and was dazed briefly; Lamb walked; Ausmus struck out; Bruntlett grounded out (pitcher to first); 0 R, 1 H, 0 E, 2 LOB. Rockies 1, Astros 0.
ROCKIES 5TH: Taveras grounded out (second to first); Matsui tripled to center; Holliday grounded out (pitcher to first); Helton struck out; 0 R, 1 H, 0 E, 1 LOB. Rockies 1, Astros 0.
ASTROS 5TH: Oswalt grounded out (third to first); Biggio singled to third [Biggio to second (error by Atkins)]; Pence grounded out (shortstop to first) [Biggio to third]; Berkman grounded out (first unassisted); 0 R, 1 H, 1 E, 1 LOB. Rockies 1, Astros 0.
ROCKIES 6TH: Atkins grounded out (pitcher to first); Hawpe grounded out (first to pitcher); Tulowitzki singled to shortstop; Iannetta walked [Tulowitzki to second]; Cook was called out on strikes; 0 R, 1 H, 0 E, 2 LOB. Rockies 1, Astros 0.
ASTROS 6TH: Lee flied to right; Loretta lined to right; Lamb lined to second; 0 R, 0 H, 0 E, 0 LOB. Rockies 1, Astros 0.
ROCKIES 7TH: Taveras struck out; Matsui flied to center; Holliday grounded out (second to first); 0 R, 0 H, 0 E, 0 LOB. Rockies 1, Astros 0.
ASTROS 7TH: Ausmus singled to center; Bruntlett out on a sacrifice bunt (catcher to second) [Ausmus to second]; PALMEIRO BATTED FOR OSWALT; Palmeiro grounded out (pitcher to first); Biggio singled to center [Ausmus scored, Biggio out at second (center to shortstop)]; 1 R, 2 H, 0 E, 0 LOB. Rockies 1, Astros 1.
ROCKIES 8TH: MILLER REPLACED PALMEIRO (PITCHING); Helton popped to third; Atkins doubled to center; SPILBORGHS BATTED FOR HAWPE; QUALLS REPLACED MILLER (PITCHING); Spilborghs homered [Atkins scored]; Tulowitzki singled to shortstop; Tulowitzki stole second; Iannetta singled to right [Tulowitzki scored]; BAKER BATTED FOR COOK; BORKOWSKI REPLACED QUALLS (PITCHING); Baker grounded into a double play (second to shortstop to first) [Iannetta out at second]; 3 R, 4 H, 0 E, 0 LOB. Rockies 4, Astros 1.
ASTROS 8TH: SPILBORGHS STAYED IN GAME (PLAYING RF); HAWKINS REPLACED BAKER (PITCHING); Pence grounded out (third to first); Berkman homered; Lee popped to second; Loretta singled to center; Lamb homered [Loretta scored]; Ausmus singled to right; CORPAS REPLACED HAWKINS (PITCHING); SCOTT BATTED FOR BRUNTLETT; Scott walked [Ausmus to second]; ENSBERG BATTED FOR BORKOWSKI; Ensberg grounded out (second to first); 3 R, 4 H, 0 E, 2 LOB. Rockies 4, Astros 4.
ROCKIES 9TH: BERKMAN CHANGED POSITIONS (PLAYING 1B); LORETTA CHANGED POSITIONS (PLAYING SS); LAMB CHANGED POSITIONS (PLAYING 3B); SCOTT STAYED IN GAME (PLAYING RF); WHEELER REPLACED ENSBERG (PITCHING); Taveras struck out; Matsui lined to left; Holliday grounded out (second to first); 0 R, 0 H, 0 E, 0 LOB. Rockies 4, Astros 4.
ASTROS 9TH: Biggio singled to right; Pence forced Biggio (shortstop to second); AFFELDT REPLACED CORPAS (PITCHING); Berkman struck out while Pence was caught stealing second (catcher to second); 0 R, 1 H, 0 E, 0 LOB. Rockies 4, Astros 4.
ROCKIES 10TH: Helton struck out; Atkins was called out on strikes; Spilborghs struck out; 0 R, 0 H, 0 E, 0 LOB. Rockies 4, Astros 4.
ASTROS 10TH: JULIO REPLACED AFFELDT (PITCHING); Lee grounded out (third to first); Loretta singled to center; Lamb struck out; Ausmus was called out on strikes; 0 R, 1 H, 0 E, 1 LOB. Rockies 4, Astros 4.
ROCKIES 11TH: MOEHLER REPLACED WHEELER (PITCHING); Tulowitzki homered; Iannetta grounded out (second to first); SULLIVAN BATTED FOR JULIO; Sullivan struck out; Taveras grounded out (pitcher to first); 1 R, 1 H, 0 E, 0 LOB. Rockies 5, Astros 4.
ASTROS 11TH: FUENTES REPLACED SULLIVAN (PITCHING); Scott struck out; BURKE BATTED FOR MOEHLER; Burke flied to right; Biggio singled to shortstop; Pence doubled to center [Biggio to third]; Berkman was hit by a pitch; Lee homered [Biggio scored, Pence scored, Berkman scored]; 4 R, 3 H, 0 E, 0 LOB. Rockies 5, Astros 8.
Final Totals R H E LOB Rockies 5 14 1 8 Astros 8 16 0 9