Houston's breakout was powered by catcher Carlos Corporan, wo went 4-for-5 with a pair of singles a double and his first homer of the year, four RBI and two runs. Corporan doubled in a pair of runs and scored in the Astros' three-run first, then greeted reliever Adam Warren with his two-run blast in the fifth inning, which essentially put the game away.
The win was Houston's eighth against 18 losses. They still remain at the bottom of the AL West standings, 8 1/2 games behind Texas. New York fell another 1/2 game behind idle Boston. the Red Sox lead the second-place Yanks by three games.
Corporan has only played in eight games this season, but made a strong impression on the Big Apple crowd. He is batting .360.
In Los Angeles, the Rockies opened their series with the Dodgers tied with Arizona for the NL West lead. After nine innings of a relentless 19-hit assault and a 6-4 San Francisco win over the Diamondbacks, they returned to sole possession of first place with a 12-2 whipping of LA.
Colorado rang up all 12 of their runs in the first five innings while their starter, Tyler Chatwood, stifled the Dodgers over six innings, allowing five hits, no walks, fanning five.
Catcher Wilin Rosario broke out the good wood, going 3-for-4 with his third homer in the last four games, a couple of singles, three runs and three RBI. Lately on a tear, Rosario has nine hits in his last 16 at-bats, raising his average to .350, fifth-best in the NL.
Rosario has seven homers and 19 RBI, both numbers in the league's top ten.
Colorado now has a one game lead over Arizona, but the division race is heating up quickly. The Giants are two games back with the Dodgers 3 1/2 off the lead. Game two in LA is slated for a first pitch at 7:10 pm Pacific time.