DENVER (AP) - Beating Colorado seemed automatic for Brett Myers. One bad inning changed that.
The Rockies took out years of frustration on Myers, tagging him for seven runs early and went on to beat the Houston Astros 9-5 on Monday night.
It was the first time Colorado beat Myers. Myers (3-13) came into Monday 7-0 with a 3.47 ERA in eight appearances against the Rockies, seven of those as a starter.
``Tonight versus the previous seven decisions against us is we stayed in the strike zone and we did not chase his breaking ball down in the zone,' Rockies manager Jim Tracy said.
The Rockies' adjustment paid dividends in the first inning. Eric Young Jr. led off with a walk, Dexter Fowler doubled and Carlos Gonzalez knocked both in with a double. One out later, Todd Helton singled to score Gonzalez, Ty Wigginton doubled and Helton scored on a groundout.
Colorado starter Jhoulys Chacin capped the inning with a two-run double over the pulled-in outfield that made it 6-0.
Gonzalez made it 7-0 with a solo homer in the second, his 22nd of the year.
``We had a good scouting report on him,' Gonzalez said of Myers. ``His fastball is not the same, he's around 88, 90. The first pitch I saw was a curveball and I swung and missed. I thought he was going to come back with another breaking ball. I was expecting that pitch and I was able to drive it to right field and get two runs early.'
Myers gave up seven hits in the first 10 batters he faced but settled down. He went five innings and allowed seven runs on nine hits, struck out three and walked two.
``The ball was flat tonight. It didn't have any angle, it was straight,' Myers said. ``The ball was flat and they were just putting good swings on it. The ball didn't have any life on it. I was able to make the adjustment second inning.'
Brian Bogusevic had three hits, including a homer, and Matt Downs also homered for the Astros.
Chacin (10-10) rebounded from his shortest outing of the season with a solid effort. He was tagged for 11 hits and struck out just two but consistently pitched out of jams with the help of three double plays. His only blemish was Bogusevic's leadoff homer in the fourth that made it 7-1.
``Sometimes you get three hits and you get a ton of runs,' Houston outfielder J.D. Martinez said. ``Other times you get a ton of hits and you don't get many runs. That's just the nature of the game.'
The Rockies added two more on Chris Nelson's two-run single in the eighth.
Downs hit a pinch-hit, three-run homer off J.C. Romero in the ninth to make it 9-4. Houston loaded the bases with one out in the ninth before fill-in closer Rafael Betancourt got Jimmy Paredes on a sacrifice fly and struck out Clint Barmes for his third save.
``It was sure nice to see our guys battle back,' Astros manager Brad Mills said. ``Anytime you're down 9-1 going into the ninth inning and you make the other team bring in the guy they're using for their closer, there's some fight there.'
NOTES: Bogusevic is hitting .465 with three homers and eight RBI his last five games. ... The Astros activated OF Jordan Schafer from the 15-day DL. ... Houston right-hander Bud Norris will pitch Tuesday. Norris, who ranks ninth in the NL in strikeouts per 9.0 innings, has never faced the Rockies. Rookie Alex White will make his Colorado debut Tuesday. White was one of four players acquired from Cleveland in the trade that sent Ubaldo Jimenez to the Indians on July 31.
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