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Roundup: Gonzalez, Rockies pummel Astros

Carlos Gonzalez homered again, Michael Cuddyer and Jordan Pacheco had three hits apiece and the Rockies beat the Houston Astros, 11-5, Thursday night in Denver.

Gonzalez, who homered in his last three at-bats Wednesday, hit a three-run shot in the first inning against Bud Norris. He was intentionally walked in the second, doubled in the fourth and singled in the eighth.

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Gonzalez’s 14th homer made him the first Rockies player to go deep in four consecutive at-bats. It was the 22d time a major league player has homered in four consecutive plate appearances and the 38th time for four straight official at-bats.

The talented left fielder is 13 for 20 with six homers and 10 RBIs in his last five games.

Marco Scutaro also homered for the Rockies, who had 15 hits overall and pounded Houston pitchers in the four-game sweep. Colorado finished the series with 40 runs and 56 hits after scoring just 20 runs in its previous five home games.

Every position player had at least one hit Thursday.

J.D. Martinez homered for the Astros, who have lost six straight.

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Colorado’s big offensive night helped soften the blow of losing All-Star shortstop Troy Tulowitzki for at least two weeks. Tulowitzki was placed on the 15-day disabled list after he strained his groin during Wednesday’s 13-5 victory.

Colorado led, 5-0, after one and added four in the second before Norris (5-2) was replaced by Rhiner Cruz. Norris allowed seven hits in 1 2/3 innings and his ERA jumped from 3.34 to 4.52.

Martinez homered in the second to get Houston on the board. Juan Castro had an RBI triple, pinch-hitter Justin Maxwell doubled in a run and Jose Altuve added an RBI single in the Astros’ three-run fourth.

Brewers 6, Dodgers 2 - Aramis Ramirez and Carlos Gomez each hit a two-run homer, Zack Greinke pitched effectively for six innings and visiting Milwaukee beat Los Angeles to complete a four-game sweep.

The Brewers played without NL MVP Ryan Braun, who was scratched because of tightness in his right Achilles tendon. He first experienced it on May 1 at San Diego, when he hurt himself sliding into second base a day after hitting three home runs against the Padres, and has been playing through it ever since.

The Dodgers also played without their No. 3 hitter, Matt Kemp, and will be without the slugger for at least a month.

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