It was as if Troy Tulowitzki strode up to the plate in the ninth inning, looked at all the Rockies' zeroes on the giant scoreboard and said, "Enough is enough."
After watching his teammates founder at the plate for the second straight game, Tulowitzki ripped the first pitch he saw from Astros reliever Jose Veras into center field for a double. Tulo took third on a wild pitch by Veras and trotted home on Michael Cuddyer's looping single to left.
The sigh-of-relief rally lifted the Rockies to a 2-1 victory at Minute Maid Park on Tuesday afternoon in front of an announced crowd of 11,974 fans. The victory halted the Rockies' three-game losing streak.
For the second straight game, the Rockies got effective starting pitching against Houston, but it was nearly wasted again because of an anemic road offense.
Rockies starter Jorge De La Rosa was effective — seven innings, one run, five hits — if just a touch erratic. In the fourth, he hit both Jose Altuve and Carlos Corporan, and the Astros squeezed out a run.
De La Rosa pitched more than good enough to win his fifth game in the month of May while lowering his ERA to 3.16. However, when he departed after throwing a Rockies' season-high 110 pitches, the game was knotted 1-1.
Scoring runs seemed so simple for Colorado in the first inning. Dexter Fowler walked, Nolan Arenado hit a sharp infield single and Tulowitzki drove in Fowler with another infield single to third. There were no fireworks, but at least the Rockies scored a run.