The Astros hope to build on their most memorable win of the season Friday night when they continue a four-game home series against the skidding Colorado Rockies.
Biggio became the 27th member of the 3,000-hit club on Thursday, reaching the mark by tying a career high with five hits. His 3,000th hit came on a single to center in the seventh inning, but he was thrown out trying to stretch it into a double.
“I think it was the way it was supposed to be done,” Biggio said as he choked back tears. “To have it happen here—that was a special atmosphere that was out there today.”
His fifth hit of the game also proved to be pretty important. Biggio beat out an infield single with two outs in the bottom of the 11th with the Astros (33-46) trailing 5-4, and took third on Hunter Pence’s double up the middle.
“This was just unbelievable the way it all came down,” Astros owner Drayton McLane said. “We tied the game and then we lost the lead, then the grand slam. We’ll all remember this the rest of our lives.”’
Biggio has spent his entire 20-year career with the Astros, making him the longest-tenured player in franchise history. He is the only player in major league history with at least 600 doubles (658), 250 home runs (286), 3,000 hits and 400 stolen bases (413).
It comes as no surprise that Biggio’s first five-hit game in more than six years came against the Rockies. He is batting .353 (170-for-482) in 123 games against Colorado, his highest average against any NL opponent—with 20 home runs, eight triples and 34 doubles.
Berkman and Mike Lamb also homered for the Astros, who have lost six of eight overall, but have won four straight at home.
Colorado (38-41) has dropped seven in a row, its longest slide since losing eight straight July 7-17. The skid comes immediately after it won 20 of 27 to move a season-high four games over .500.
“He’s good for baseball,” Rockies manager Clint Hurdle said of Biggio. “He’s been good for the Astros organization. It was very fitting for it to happen at home in front of a packed house.”
Chris Sampson (6-5, 3.71 ERA) looks to continue his solid pitching for Houston. The second-year right-hander has allowed three runs or fewer in 10 of his last 11 starts while pitching six innings or more in each of his last nine outings.
He limited Texas to three runs and five hits over seven innings on Sunday, but did not receive a decision in the Astros’ 12-9 victory.
Sampson has never faced the Rockies.
Josh Fogg (3-6, 4.81) will try to get Colorado back into the win column. The right-hander failed in a bid to win his third straight start Sunday at Toronto, allowing five runs and seven hits in six innings of a 5-0 loss. He had given up only three runs in his previous two outings, spanning 12 innings.
Fogg had one of his worst starts of the season against the Astros on June 7. He was tagged for six runs and 11 hits over five innings, but did not factor in the decision.
Fogg is 3-6 with a 6.52 ERA in 14 career starts against Houston.