DENVER (AP) - Wandy Rodriguez wasn't worried about pitching against his potential teammates. After Wednesday, he might prefer not to face them again.
The Rockies collected 10 hits off Rodriguez early before Troy Tulowitzki scored from third on a wild pitch in the bottom of the 10th inning to give them a 7-6 victory over the Houston Astros and a three-game sweep.
The sweep was overshadowed by the possibility that Rodriguez was joining the Rockies. Multiple media outlets reported Tuesday that Rodriguez was claimed off waivers by Colorado.
The Houston Chronicle reported that after Wednesday's game the Astros pulled Rodriguez off waivers when they couldn't work out a trade with the Rockies.
Rodriguez said he wasn't bothered by the circumstances during his start.
``I thought about it a lot (Tuesday) night,' he said. ``I didn't know if I would be pitching here or over there.'
He struggled through his six innings of work. He allowed six runs, four earned, struck out two and walked four.
``I felt good in the bullpen but when I came into the game my breaking pitch wasn't working,' Rodriguez said. ``I couldn't locate it like I wanted to.'
Rodriguez was out of the game long before it was decided in the 10th.
Tulowitzki reached on a one-out walk and went to third on Jonathan Herrera's single to center. After an intentional walk to Kevin Kouzmanoff, reliever Aneury Rodriguez (1-5) uncorked a wild pitch to Eliezer Alfonzo and Tulowitzki trotted home with the winning run.
``It's kind of a weird way to win a game but we'll take it,' Tulowitzki said.
The Astros gave Rodriguez some early support against Rockies starter Aaron Cook, scoring twice in the first on an RBI double by Carlos Lee and a single by Brian Bogusevic.
Colorado responded with four in the bottom of the inning, capped by Tulowitzki's two-run homer, his 26th of the year.
Houston tied it in the second. Clint Barmes led off with his ninth homer, Carlos Corporan tripled and Rodriguez singled to right. The Astros took a 5-4 lead on Jimmy Paredes' RBI groundout in the fourth.
Gonzalez gave the Rockies a 6-5 lead with a two-run homer in the fourth, his 23rd. Houston tied it on Paredes' RBI single in the fifth.
``Our guys have been playing their tails off, battling,' Houston manager Brad Mills said. ``These games have been pretty tight and we've taxed some guys because of it.'
Mills said he didn't think Rodriguez was preoccupied at the prospect of switching dugouts.
``That might have been the case (Tuesday) but today he seemed fine,' Mills said.
NOTES: The Astros were swept for the 13th time this season. ... After the game, the Astros recalled RHP J.A. Happ from Triple A and optioned outfielder J.B. Shuck. Happ will start Friday against the Giants. ... The Rockies will open a nine-game road trip Friday in Los Angeles. RHP Esmil Rogers will face the Dodgers for the second time in six days. The Astros head to San Francisco to start a four-game weekend series against the Giants. RHP Henry Sosa will start the opener.
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