J.D. Martinez shows resilience in Colorado

J.D. Martinez shows resilience in Colorado
May 31, 2013, 1:15 am
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The Astros and J.D. Martinez are resilient. That was evident in a 7-5 win over the Colorado Rockies on Thursday at Coors Field, a game in which the Astros committed four errors.

Martinez had a career-high four hits as the Astros overcame a 3-0 deficit and a sloppy beginning.

Just three days after striking out five times against the Rockies, Martinez rebounded with four singles in five at-bats.

“I feel like I’ve just been going up there, and today I took my mind out of it and just went up there and hit,” said Martinez. “Looked for the ball in a certain location. If it showed up, take a rip at it.”

Martinez’s third single of the game came in Houston’s six-run sixth inning. The inning was highlighted by Chris Carter’s three-run home run that gave the Astros a 6-3 lead, immediately followed by a Matt Dominguez home run.

Martinez’s single opened the scoring that inning for the Astros and helped Lucas Harrell (4-6) earn the win.

“We’re starting to hit our stride,” said Astros manager Bo Porter. “Now we’re getting that big hit. Carter with the big three-run homer, J.D. Martinez continues to swing the bat with men in scoring position.”

By beating the Rockies, the Astros won the two-game set at Coors Field for their first series sweep of the season.

“It’s huge,” said Martinez. “We’ve had a lot of close series that could have gone our way but haven’t. It feels good to finally get one in Colorado.”