HOUSTON (AP) - Colorado starter Drew Pomeranz had allowed two earned runs in 10 2-3 innings in his first two major league starts.
He gave up three runs after facing just the first four batters against Houston on Friday night and it got worse from there. Pomeranz (1-1) lasted two innings, allowing seven hits and six earned runs.
Carlos Lee drove in four runs for the second straight game, Brett Myers won his fourth consecutive decision and the Astros beat the Rockies 11-2 on Friday night.
The Rockies scored first and then came the Astros' 14-hit explosion.
Lee's big night started with a two-run double that was part of a franchise-record six consecutive hits to start the first inning. The Astros took a 5-1 lead off Pomeranz, who was making his third major league start.
``Everything was up,' Pomeranz said. ``That's pretty much all there was. I've had stuff happen like that before but not very often. I guess for leaving pitches belt high and having balls cutting back and leaving curveballs up there.'
J.B. Shuck led off the game for Houston with a single and scored on a double by Angel Sanchez to tie it 1-1. Lee's double scored both runners and a double by Matt Downs and single by Chris Johnson made it 5-1.
Finally, Barmes flied out and Humberto Quintero and Myers struck out the end the inning.
``I looked back at all those balls, and they were bad pitches by me,' Pomeranz said. ``They should have been hit. I know I don't need to be throwing up there.'
Rockies manager Jim Tracy said Pomeranz had no life to his pitches like he had in his first two starts.
``The ball was flat, and obviously, that was evident by some of the at_bats taken in the bottom of the first inning,' Tracy said.
Tracy added that in order for Colorado to be competitive and win a couple games, they are going to need their pitching to give them a quality start.
``That is definitely what we need because with where we're at and the offense we have out there on the field right now, we can't sit here and think we are going to score six or seven or eight runs,' he said.
``No matter who you have on the field, when the opposition scores every inning but two, you are going to get beat. That was the case tonight. We made a defensive miscue that cost us two runs. The other nine they got they hit the ball. Period.'
Pomeranz was pulled after the second inning when the Astros extended the lead to 6-1 on an RBI double by J.D. Martinez. He allowed seven hits and six earned runs.
``I did not see anything from the first inning to the second inning to give me the indication that things were changing,' Tracy said. ``To send him out there, it absolutely made no sense to me to do that. Start over with his final start of the year, and hopefully, this is that start that after he's had a couple like he has had and the inactivity that he has been involved with, that he just experienced one of those nights where the arm wasn't working.'
Lee became the first Astro to have consecutive four-RBI games since Lance Berkman on May 30-31, 2000, against Colorado.
Myers (7-13) struck out six, walked one and retired the last 11 batters he faced. Before starting his winning streak, Myers had lost seven straight decisions. He is 8-1 lifetime against Colorado.
``I wish I'd started out this way,' Myers said. ``It didn't work out so you go out and try to compete. I've been keeping the ball down. Early in the year the ball was elevated a lot. That's usually when I get hurt. I just try to keep it down.'
Lee had an RBI single in the fourth and an RBI groundout in the fifth. Clint Barmes added a solo homer, his 12th, in the sixth.
Eric Young singled off Myers' glove to open the game and scored on Dexter Fowler's double. Pinch-hitter Tim Nelson hit a solo homer for the Rockies in the seventh off Lance Pendleton.
The Astros have had numerous games with five hits to start the first inning, most recently June 6, 2010, against the Cubs.
Pomeranz said he would try to forget this one as much as possible.
``You are going to have games like that,' Pomeranz said. ``You make that many bad pitches, then they are going to get hit. They were up there swinging, and it felt like they hit everything. They were hitting everything because there were a lot of bad pitches in there.'
Notes: Colorado's Matt Downs has 15 pinch-hit RBIs and needs three more to set a franchise record set in 2001 by Orlando Merced. Jordan Pacheco has nine RBIs in his first 14 major league starts for the Rockies. Carlos Gonzalez is the first player in Rockies history with consecutive seasons with at least 20 home runs and 20 stolen bases. Henry Sosa doubled for his first career hit on Thursday. He was the sixth Astro to get his first major league hit this season.
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