was surprised when someone told him that he was the NL's leading hitter.
A batting title isn't a personal goal, but the way Tejada looks at the plate these days, he just might make it one.
Tejada hit a game-winning homer off
in the 11th inning to cap a three-RBI night and lift the
to a 3-2 win over the
Tejada went 4-for-6 to boost his average to .362. The four-time All-Star is hitting .427 with 28 RBIs in his last 27 games
and has at least two hits in his last four games.
has placed him No. 2 in the batting order for the last 10 games and Tejada said that's the main reason he's been hitting well.
''What I've got in my head is just try to be on base as much as I can,'' Tejada said. ''Right now, I'm really close to leading
off. I'm really selective in the pitches to hit, I can wait for the pitch I want. I am really careful with what I do at the
Tejada tied the game in the ninth with an RBI single off
. He also had an RBI single in the fifth against Rockies starter
He hasn't batted .300 in a season since 2006 and doesn't have a number in mind this year.
''I've never been leading the league (in hitting), not even for one day,'' Tejada said. ''Now, I'm really happy to be leading
for a couple of days. But it's not something I'm looking for. Right now, I just want to see how much I can help the team win
Fogg (0-1) got
on a groundout leading off the 11th before Tejada drove a 2-2 pitch into the left-field porch, his sixth homer of the season.
It was the fifth time the Astros have won a game in their last at-bat, and the second time Tejada has driven in the winning
run. Tejada has six career walkoff home runs.
''He's off to a great start,'' said Astros slugger
. ''That's the kind of player he's been his whole career. It's not really surprising. He's a great player.''
Colorado had a chance to score in the top of the 11th.
led off with a single off
(3-2) and advanced on
' bunt. Ortiz struck out
and backup second baseman
made a diving stop to rob
of a hit.
The Rockies took a 2-1 lead to the bottom of the ninth before Street blew a save for the first time in nine chances this season.
led off with a single and Bourn reached on a bunt after Street threw wildly to first for an error. Tejada drove in Rodriguez
with a bloop single to right.
The Astros' rally ruined an effective start by the Rockies'
, who allowed seven hits and four walks in six innings. Houston got hits in each of Jimenez's innings, but stranded 13 runners
in the game.
''I know my fastball was there, but I was battling with control issues,'' said Jimenez. ''I got runners on every single inning.
My breaking ball was good, but they did a pretty good job against me.''
was dominant early, striking out five of the first 10 batters he faced. But the Rockies took a 2-0 lead in the fourth on back-to-back
and an RBI single by
Jimenez wasn't as sharp as Paulino early, but kept the Astros in check.
''This was a very tough game to lose,'' said Colorado manager
. ''The way things are going for us offensively, tonight's game just illustrates it. We have no room for error. We had some
chances to open this game up, but our pitchers had to be perfect.''
Notes: The Rockies placed C
on the restricted list for personal reasons and purchased the contract of C
from their Triple-A affiliate in Colorado Springs. ... Astros RHP
threw about 40 pitches in a simulated game on Tuesday. The middle reliever has been on the disabled list since May 14 with
tendinitis in his right biceps. ... Tejada's 16-game hitting streak is the longest by an Astro since Berkman's 17-game streak
between April 30 and May 18 last season. ... Rockies SS
left in the fourth inning with an injured left hand and was replaced by
. X-rays were negative and Tracy said the hand was bruised.