HOUSTON - Houston Astros center fielder Brandon Barnes, who entered the game as a pinch runner in the 11th inning, delivered a run-scoring double in the 12th to lift the Astros to their first walk-off win of 2013, a 3-2 victory over the Colorado Rockies on Monday at Minute Maid Park.
Barnes' double tailed away from Rockies right fielder Michael Cuddyer and took one bounce before going out of play over the wall. Pinch runner Ronny Cedeno scored from second base to cap the Astros' comeback. Houston trailed 2-0 entering the bottom of the fourth.
Right-hander Paul Clemens (2-2), the fourth reliever out of the Houston bullpen, earned the win after pitching a scoreless 12th. Wilton Lopez (1-2), who was dealt by Houston to Colorado in the offseason, took the loss.
Astros right-hander Bud Norris weaved in and out of trouble throughout his seven-inning stint, setting an elusive tone in the first inning by retiring Troy Tulowitzki and Wilin Rosario after Carlos Gonzalez drove home Eric Young Jr. with an RBI double. Norris retired the side in order once, against the bottom third of the lineup in the sixth.
He struck out Jonathan Herrera with Charlie Blackmon at second to close the second. Rockies first baseman Jordan Pacheco hit a harmless fly ball to center field to cap the third and leave the bases full. And, with Dexter Fowler and Tulowitzki in scoring position in the fifth, Norris fanned Rosario and induced an inning-ending groundout from Pacheco.
When Norris retired Gonzalez, Tulowitzki and Rosario in order after Young and Fowler reached to open the seventh, it was hardly a surprise.
The Rockies finished 3-for-18 with runners in scoring position and stranded 15 base runners total.
The Astros took advantage of the Rockies' lack of clutch hitting, erasing a 2-0 deficit in the fourth inning when Carlos Pena plated Jose Altuve and Jason Castro with his double to center field. That was the lone notable mistake for Rockies right-hander Jhoulys Chacin, who allowed two runs on five hits and one walk while striking out a season-high nine batters over seven-plus innings. Chacin threw just 82 pitches before exiting with Marwin Gonzalez on second in the bottom of the eighth.
NOTES: Norris has posted a 2.04 ERA over seven home starts this season. ... Last week, Astros catcher Jason Castro led the American League in batting (.579, 11-for-19), home runs (three), on-base percentage (.636) and slugging percentage (1.105). ... Rockies shortstop Tulowitzki has hit safely in 16 of his last 17 games against the Astros. ... Rockies first baseman Todd Helton was not in the lineup Monday. His 213 interleague games rank 10th among active players.