couldn't get himself to stop making bad swings for more than a month. He got it right twice on Thursday night and hopes he
can finally put his sluggish start behind him.
Atkins broke out of a slump with two home runs and the
snapped a four-game losing skid with a 10-3 win over the
added solo homers and
pitched seven effective innings for the Rockies, who avoided a sweep and stopped Houston's four-game winning streak.
Atkins came into the game batting .188 and had only 11 hits in his last 86 at-bats. He never lost his confidence at the plate
and didn't make any adjustments before Thursday's game.
''Just kept believing in myself that it was going to turn,'' Atkins said. ''As long as you believe in yourself, you're likely
to turn it around.''
only wants Atkins to watch his two home run swings on video before the Rockies open a series in St. Louis this weekend. And
Atkins probably will.
''Hopefully, these swings today, I can kind of get that muscle memory going that way and continue it on for a nice little
streak,'' Atkins said.
Hammel (2-3) allowed two runs on four hits with four strikeouts in his longest outing of the season. He bounced back from
his last outing against San Diego, when he gave up five runs on eight hits in 3 2-3 innings.
''If you sit there and dwell on them and just remember the negative stuff, you're going to force yourself into a hole,'' Hammel
said. ''I pushed that aside, the guys put a hitting show on and that made it easy.''
The Rockies pounded
(5-5), who lost his third straight start after winning his previous four decisions. Rodriguez came in with an 0.79 ERA at
Minute Maid Park, but gave up seven runs and 10 hits in five innings.
''I'm missing location, I'm getting behind in the count, I need to throw first strikes,'' Rodriguez said. ''My arm is all
right. Everything feels strong. I don't know what's happening.''
Colorado jumped to a 2-0 lead in the third inning before the home run outburst began.
Spilborghs led off with a double and scored on
' triple to the right-field corner.
drove in Barmes with an RBI single to center.
Two outs later, Atkins hammered a 1-0 pitch off the brick facade in left-center, his first homer since April 25.
''I just worked on going up there, thought about being relaxed and trusting my hands,'' Atkins said. ''Obviously, it's just
one game. But hopefully, it's the start of getting things figured out.''
In the fourth, Spilborghs hit an opposite-field drive into the Astros' bullpen, his fifth home run of the season. Then Spilborghs
made a tough over-the-shoulder catch in the bottom of the inning on
's deep fly to straightaway center.
Hawpe and Atkins hit back-to-back homers in the fifth to put the Rockies up 7-1. Colorado had back-to-back home runs for the
fourth time this season and Atkins recorded multiple homers in a game for the sixth time in his career. Atkins hadn't even
had a multihit game since April 27.
Hammel, who came in with a 1.64 ERA in five road appearances this season, retired the first seven hitters he faced and never
Houston got its first run in the third, when
singled and scored on
's double down the right-field line.
Hammel struck out the next three batters and didn't allow another hit until Berkman led off the seventh with a double. Berkman
scored on Maysonet's two-out single to make it 7-2.
Colorado tacked on three runs in the eighth inning off
. The Astros added one in the bottom half off
went 0 for 5 to end his 17-game hitting streak.
Notes: The Rockies tied their season high for home runs in a game. Colorado also hit four home runs in a 12-1 win over the
Astros on May 12 at Coors Field. ... Astros RHP
threw about 40 pitches in the bullpen and will start a rehab stint with Houston's Double-A affiliate this weekend. Geary has
been on the disabled list since May 14 with right biceps tendinitis.