Jun 7, 2010 11:28 PM by Jordan Mason

Hammel boosts Rockies to 5-1 win over Astros

DENVER (AP) - Jason Hammel pitched 7 1-3 crisp innings and Clint Barmes had a two-run double, lifting the Colorado Rockies to a 5-1 victory over the Houston Astros on Monday night.

Hammel's strained groin appears to be fully mended as he turned in another solid start. He's 3-1 since returning from the disabled list on May 15.

The right-handed Hammel (3-3) scattered six hits and struck out three in his longest outing of the season. He was lifted in the eighth after issuing a one-out walk to Michael Bourn and giving up a single to Jeff Keppinger.

Joe Beimel came in to face Lance Berkman, who hit into an inning-ending double play.

Houston's Wandy Rodriguez (3-8) pitched seven innings in his bid to win consecutive games for the first time this season.

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