Catcher Yorvit Torrealba paid Jorge De La Rosa quite a compliment Tuesday afternoon after the Rockies squeaked out a 2-1 victory over the Astros.

"Jorge was money," Torrealba said.

Torrealba wasn't talking about the left-hander's $11 million salary. He was raving about De La Rosa's ability to make in-game adjustments and deliver a big performance when the Rockies needed it.

De La Rosa worked seven innings, giving up just one run on five hits. On a day when the Rockies' overtaxed bullpen needed a break, De La Rosa gave his club 110 pitches. That's the most by a Rockies pitcher this season.

"We were certainly thin today, after a couple of extra-inning games," manager Walt Weiss said. "Jorge gave us exactly what we needed. He kept those guys in check and went seven innings for us, so that was huge."

De La Rosa had one bad inning, but he limited the damage. Overthrowing his slider, he hit Jose Altuve and Carlos Corporan and gave up a double to J.D. Martinez. But De La Rosa settled down and used a changeup to induce Carlos Peña into hitting an inning-ending, double-play grounder.

"I just made a mistake on that double and left a ball on the plate," De La Rosa said. "I got a little mad and then found some better pitches."

The ability to stay cool and adjust impressed Torrealba.

"I was really happy with what I saw today," Torrealba said. "His slider wasn't good at all today, but every other pitch was good. He threw some good, slow breaking balls and some fastballs down. His changeup was working. He really picked us up."

How good has De La Rosa been in May? Try 4-0 with a 2.08 ERA. That's pretty money.