Astros rally past Rockies behind Lee's 3 hits

DENVER (AP) — Carlos Lee had three hits, including a tie-breaking RBI single in the eighth inning, and the Houston Astros rallied from a three-run deficit to beat the Colorado Rockies 4-3 on Tuesday night.

Colorado starter Jeff Francis left after seven innings with a 3-2 lead but the Rockies' bullpen could not protect it.

Pinch-hitter Michael Bourn singled off Matt Belisle (1-2) to start the eighth. He went to second on a balk and advanced to third on Tommy Manzella's one-out infield single. Franklin Morales relieved and Lance Berkman reached on an RBI fielder's choice. Rafael Betancourt relieved and Lee hit a broken-bat single to give the Astros their first lead.

Wilton Lopez (3-0) picked up the win in relief with a 1-2-3 seventh. Matt Lindstrom got three outs for his 14th save in 17 chances.

Brian Moehler, making his third start in place of injured Bud Norris, gave up hits to the first four batters he faced and trailed 3-0 before getting his first out.

Carlos Gonzalez and Seth Smith singled to start the game and Troy Tulowitzki followed with two-run double. Brad Hawpe singled off Moehler, who struck out four and walked three in six innings, to score Tulowitzki.

However, the Rockies could not score again, failing to get a hit against the Astros' bullpen over the final three innings.

The Astros pulled to 3-1 in the fourth when Jeff Keppinger doubled and scored on Manzella's single. They cut the deficit to one in the seventh when Lee doubled down the third-base line, took third on Hunter Pence's fly ball and scored on Pedro Feliz's groundout.

NOTES: Keppinger singled in the first to extend his hitting streak to 10 games. It's his longest streak since a career-best 14 straight from Aug. 11-25, 2007. ... Astros pitcher Bud Norris, on the 15-day DL with bursitis and biceps tendinitis, experienced tightness and discomfort during a three-inning, 45-pitch simulated game at Round Rock on Monday. He's receiving treatment and will continue his throwing program to tolerance. ... Rockies 3B Melvin Mora made his second straight start for Ian Stewart, who is resting a sore right shin. Stewart fouled a ball of the shin during the Arizona series last week. ... RHP Huston Street (right shoulder inflammation) will take the next two days off before making consecutive appearances in his rehab assignment. ... LHP Jorge De La Rosas (left middle finger) came out of a 30-pitch bullpen session without any numbness in the finger. ... Feliz went 0 for 4, snapping a nine-game hitting streak.