Colorado (70-85) at Houston (53-102)

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  • Game info: 8:05 pm EDT Thu Sep 22, 2011
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The Colorado Rockies were thoroughly outplayed while losing all seven games during their final homestand. Traveling to face the worst team in the majors doesn’t ensure the skid will end.

The Rockies look to avoid their first eight-game slide since the end of last season when they meet the Houston Astros on Thursday night at Minute Maid Park to begin a four-game series.

Colorado (70-85) completed the winless homestand with Wednesday’s 4-0 loss to San Diego. The Rockies batted .209 and were outscored 49-19 during the longest losing streak ever at Coors Field, which opened in 1995.

Manager Jim Tracy’s club finished with 38 home wins, down from an NL West-leading 52 in 2010.

“I feel like, to a certain extent, we’ve let (the home fans) down, and that hurts more than you can possibly imagine,” Tracy told the Rockies’ official website.

While Colorado completed a three-game sweep of the Astros last month in Denver, it has gone 8-23 in Houston since the start of the 2001 season.

Todd Helton(notes), who’s day-to-day with a sore back while wrapping up his 15th season with the Rockies, is hitting .444 (12 for 27) during an eight-game streak in Houston. His .373 average at Minute Maid Park is the third-highest all-time behind Cincinnati’s Joey Votto(notes) (.405) and Atlanta’s Chipper Jones(notes) (.397).

The Astros head into the final homestand of their 50th anniversary season with little to celebrate after already surpassing 100 losses for the first time in franchise history.

Houston (53-102) was blanked for the third time this month with Wednesday’s 2-0 loss in Cincinnati. The Astros finished 25-56 on the road but have won nine of 14 at home behind a trio of rookies.

J.D. Martinez(notes) has a team-high 18 hits over that span while Jimmy Paredes(notes) has had 15 and Jose Altuve(notes) 13.

“Those games at the end, they count, and those at-bats count,” manager Brad Mills(notes) told the Astros’ official website.

A pair of rookie pitchers will square off Thursday.

Alex White(notes) (2-2, 8.46 ERA) will face Houston for the second time since being acquired in the July 31 trade deadline deal that sent Ubaldo Jimenez(notes) to Cleveland.

The right-hander made his Rockies debut Aug. 23 against the Astros and failed to get a decision in an 8-6 win after surrendering five runs and seven hits in six innings.

White was denied winning a third straight start with Friday’s 9-1 loss to San Francisco. Despite a 2-1 record this month, White has a 9.19 ERA and has served up eight homers in 15 2-3 innings.

The Astros’ Henry Sosa(notes) (2-5, 4.74) will try to avoid his fourth consecutive loss.

All the defeats during the right-hander’s slide have come on the road, and he’s posted a 5.52 ERA while allowing 17 hits—four homers—and walking 10 in 14 2-3 innings during the skid.

Sosa, acquired from San Francisco in a July 19 trade involving veteran infielder Jeff Keppinger(notes), is 1-1 with a 4.76 ERA in three starts at home. He has never faced Colorado.

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