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 DENVER (AP) -Troy Tulowitzki singled home the winning run to cap a three-run rally in the ninth inning Thursday that led the Colorado Rockies over the Houston Astros 7-6.
Houston led 6-2 in the sixth and was ahead 6-4 when Dan Wheeler (0-3) took over from Brad Lidge to start the ninth.
Kaz Matsui doubled leading off and scored on a single by Matt Holliday, his fourth hit of the game. Helton singled, Garrett Atkins loaded the bases with a walk and Brad Hawpe tied the score with a sacrifice fly.
Tulowitzki hit a 1-2 pitch under the glove of shortstop Adam Everett, scoring pinch-runner Jamey Carroll. Tulowitzki began Colorado's comeback with a two-run homer in the sixth off Roy Oswalt.
Jeremy Affeldt (3-1) pitched a scoreless ninth for the win. Wheeler blew a save for the second time in 12 chances.
Willy Taveras homered on Oswalt's third pitch of the game for Colorado. It was Taveras' first home run in 349 at-bats dating back to August.
Pirates 3, Nationals 2
WASHINGTON (AP) - Jason Bay homered off Chad Cordero in the ninth inning, and Pittsburgh won for the third time in nine games.
Bay's homer to right-center was the first run off Cordero (1-1) since the closer returned from the bereavement list on May 14, a span of 13 appearances.
Matt Capps (3-2) got six straight outs to complete a three-hitter.
Pirates starter Ian Snell struck out seven in seven innings, allowing two runs, three hits and three walks. Washington's Matt Chico gave up two runs, four hits and three walks in seven innings.
Dmitri Young hit a two-run homer in the first following Cristian Guzman's walk, but Freddy Sanchez's two-run homer tied the score in the third.
Cubs 2, Braves 1
ATLANTA (AP) - Rich Hill matched his career high with 11 strikeouts and Chicago won in manager Lou Piniella's return from a four-game suspension.
Hill (5-4) gave up three hits in eight innings and the Cubs won for the fourth time in five games, a streak that began a day after Piniella's theatrical argument during Saturday's game against Atlanta at Wrigley Field, which led to his ejection and suspension.
Ryan Dempster pitched a perfect ninth for his 12th save in 13 tries.
Chuck James (5-5) gave up two runs, six hits and three walks for the Braves, who have lost three straight and five of six.
Andruw Jones led off the second inning with his 10th homer.
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