Matsui Leads Astros Past Rockies

8th inning RBI single beats former team
By Lev Weinstein,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 20, 2008 7:03 PM CDT
Houston Astro relief pitcher Jose Valverde, of San Pedro de Macoris, lets out a yell after getting the last out in the ninth inning during a baseball game against the Colorado Rockies.    ((AP Photo/Bob Levey))
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(Newser) – Kaz Matsui hurt his former team Sunday, hitting a two-run single in the eighth inning to lead the Houston Astros to a 6-4 victory over the Colorado Rockies. Hunter Pence led off the eighth with a single and Mark Loretta walked against reliever Brian Fuentes (0-1), who allowed a run for the first time in 10 appearances this season.

Both runners moved up on an infield out to set up Matsui's hit. Miguel Tejada followed with an RBI double for the final run as Houston ended a three-game losing streak. Matsui signed with the Astros in the offseason after helping Colorado reach the World Series last year. Wesley Wright (2-0) worked the eighth and Jose Valverde got three outs for his second save in four tries.