Rockies blanked in Houston |

Rockies blanked in Houston

AP PhotoHouston Astros Jason Lane, top, is out at home plate as he flips over Colorado Rockies catcher Danny Ardoin in the first inning Monday, June 20, 2005, in Houston. Lane was trying to score from second base on a hit by Adam Everett.

HOUSTON – Andy Pettitte pitched five-hit ball for seven innings, Lance Berkman hit his first homer of the season from the right side of the plate and the Houston Astros beat the Colorado Rockies 7-0 Monday night.Pettitte (4-7) improved to 3-3 with a 3.15 ERA at Minute Maid Park this season. He tied his season high with eight strikeouts and walked only one.John Franco and Chad Qualls each worked a hitless inning to finish Houston’s fifth shutout of the season.

Joe Kennedy (3-7) allowed six runs on nine hits and three walks in 6 1-3 innings for Colorado. He quickly fell behind 3-0 with a shaky opening inning.Craig Biggio singled and advanced to second on a balk. Kennedy then walked Berkman and hit Morgan Ensberg with a pitch to load the bases.Jason Lane followed with a drive to center field that Preston Wilson dived for but missed. Wilson momentarily stayed on his back, not realizing the ball was next to him, and Lane made it to second with a two-run double.

Adam Everett made it 3-0 with an RBI single.Houston added a run in the fifth when Willy Taveras reached on a fielder’s choice. He then advanced on a wild pitch and went to third on catcher Danny Ardoin’s bad throw to second that bounded into right field. Taveras then scored on Biggio’s RBI single to left.Berkman hit his fourth homer of the season in the seventh inning for a 6-0 lead. Berkman missed the first month of the season after offseason knee surgery and has had just 136 at-bats. It was his 15th right-handed homer. He has 145 as a lefty.

Berkman walked with the bases loaded in the eighth to make it 7-0.Notes: The Rockies are 0-10-1 in road series this season. … Colorado is 3-13 all-time at Minute Maid Park, its worst record at any NL stadium. … Pettitte faced Colorado for only the second time in his career. He received a no-decision the first time when he started in a 20-10 Yankees win at Coors Field June 19, 2002. He allowed eight hits and eight runs in 3 2-3.

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