DENVER (Ticker) --
homered three times and drove in five runs as the red-hot
rolled to a 14-4 rout of the
Hidalgo had half of the Astros' season-high six homers and helped them win for the 10th time in 12 games. Houston (82-68) moved a season-high 14 games over .500 and remained 1 1/2 ahead of the second-place
in the National League Central Division.
It was the 10th three-homer game in team history and first since
on April 16, 2002 at Cincinnati.
Hidalgo got his big night started with a solo shot off rookie starter Chin-hui Tsao in the second inning. He added a three-run blast off
in the fifth that made it 8-1 and slugged a solo homer in the seventh off
"Three homers, that's my best day this year and I'm happy about it," Hidalgo said. "When I go up there, I just try to see the ball and hit it. So that's what I did tonight."
The 28-year-old has rebounded well from a disappointing 2002. He hit 63 homers and drove in 212 runs in his previous two seasons but last year slumped to 15 homers and 48 RBI in 114 games.
"He's played very well all year long on both sides of the line," Houston manager
said. "The way he's played of late and hit of late has been a big reason why we've won some games."
"Hidalgo has been solid for us all year," Astros shortstop
added. "He's been steady, swinging the bat good, playing good defense, driving in runs. You can't ask for more."
Hidalgo has been among Houston's most consistent hitters this season with a team-best .314 batting average and 27 homers. One homer shy of tying
's 2001 team record for a right fielder, he forged a 1-1 tie with his shot to left-center field.
Hidalgo broke Alou's mark with a blast to center, then capped his career night with a shot down the left field line.
Houston hit six homers in a game for the first time since August 16, 2000 vs. Pittsburgh, and the potent offense made a winner of rookie
(15-7), who allowed two runs and six hits in seven innings.
"Our team is doing a great job," Robertson said. "It's the best team I've ever played for, from high school to minor league ball. We've got some good things happening in all parts of the game."
Robertson became the winningest rookie in team history, surpassing righthander
, who was 14-3 in 2001.
Activated from the disabled list before the game, Tsao (2-3) surrendered five runs - four earned - and four hits in four-plus innings.
The Rockies, whose 18-36 record in the second half is the worst in the NL, got their final homestand of the season off to a good start as
's RBI single opening the scoring in the bottom of the first.
But Houston took control with three runs in the fourth and four in the fifth. In the fourth, Kent led off with a base hit, Hidalgo drew a one-out walk and Everett homered with two out.
was hit by a pitch to open the fifth and
reached on an error by third baseman
, chasing Tsao. Cook retired Bagwell on a double play, but Kent singled up the middle to plate Biggio. Berkman walked ahead of Hidalgo's blast.
The Astros added two runs in the sixth and three more in the seventh.
Kent's leadoff homer in the seventh was his 22nd, tying Biggio's team mark for second basemen.
"We didn't do anything right tonight," Colorado manager
said after watching his team lose for the 17th time in 21 games. "You wouldn't know it was the same team that played in St. Louis or in Arizona. Hopefully, you have a group of men who will take it to heart."