can't remember ever stealing home before.
Sure, he's wanted to. Even studied the tendencies of catchers just in case the opportunity ever arose.
Finally, his chance came Thursday. Bourn took off on a double steal and became the latest player to swipe home, leading the
to a 5-3 win over the
He joined Boston's
as players who have stolen home this season - although those two pulled off straight steals.
Bourn's came on a double steal as
took off from first, drawing a throw from Rockies catcher
down to second. As soon as Torrealba released the ball, Bourn bolted for the plate and scored easily.
''I knew if he was throwing through I was going,'' said Bourn, one of baseball's fastest runners.
The Rockies took a gamble on trying to nab the much-slower Lee, who homered later in the game. But the All-Star outfielder
beat the throw with a nifty slide into second.
''He can steal a few bases,'' Bourn said. ''That's how he gets you, he'll lull you to sleep and he's gone.''
certainly lulled the Rockies' hitters to sleep, striking out a career-high 11. It was the most strikeouts for a Houston left-hander
fanned 12 on Sept. 18, 1998, at Pittsburgh.
''He was sharp,'' said
, hitless in 25 at-bats before an RBI single in the fourth for Colorado. ''Obviously, he's thrown the ball well all year and
today was not much different.''
didn't even think Rodriguez (4-2) had his best stuff.
''I think he's looked better,'' Cooper said. ''Today, maybe not quite as sharp as he's been in the past, but he knows how
to make pitches.''
Despite allowing just two earned runs in seven innings, the left-hander saw his ERA climb slightly to 1.90 - still among the
lowest in the majors.
''I felt strong,'' Rodriguez said through a translator. ''I felt very good.''
Bourn felt confident at the plate, tying a career high with four hits and finishing with two stolen bases.
His decision to swipe home was made in a split second.
''I (saw) it out of his hand,'' Bourn said. ''I was going.''
Ellsbury stole home by taking off while Yankees lefty
was in the windup, while Werth darted home on a return throw to the mound by Dodgers catcher
Those type of thefts are much more rare than Bourn's way.
''I can probably get that done,'' Bourn said of a straight steal of home. ''It hasn't happened yet.''
Not in Little League or the minors?
''Not that I remember,'' he said.
The Rockies committed three errors behind starter
, who gave up four runs - one earned - in 5 1-3 innings. Hammel (0-2) is still searching for his first win with Colorado since
being acquired from Tampa Bay on April 5.
''The kid went out there and pitched today and gave us a chance to win,'' manager
The Astros took advantage of two errors by Atkins at third base to score three times in the first inning. Pence hit an RBI
single with two outs.
''You're going to get knocked down in this game,'' said Hurdle, whose team finished 3-5 on its recent homestand. ''Your ability
to get back up, recover, is what's critical, and that's where we are right now. We've got to find a way to get up and get
Notes: Lee homered in the eighth, giving him seven this season. ... Houston C
had the bat fly out of his hands on a strikeout in the first inning, his lumber landing six rows up in the stands. Fans were
able to scurry out of the way of the twirling bat. ... Rockies SS
was out of the lineup as a precaution, a day after he was hit on the left elbow by a pitch from
. He said he should be available Friday night in Pittsburgh. ... Rockies 1B
had two hits and is three shy of 2,000.