After four shaky starts in three weeks, Darryl Kile finally gave any would-be suitors something positive to think about.
Kile, frequently mentioned in trade talks over the past month, pitched eight strong innings Thursday as the Colorado Rockies ended Houston's six-game winning streak with a 4-2 victory over the Astros.
Vinny Castilla hit a two-run homer for the Rockies, who stopped their losing streak at six and avoided going winless on a seven-game homestand. Since joining the majors in 1993, Colorado has never lost every game of a multi-series homestand.
"I'm tickled to death for (Kile)," Rockies manager Jim Leyland said. "I'm tickled to death for me. We needed to win a game desperately. He came up big today."
Kile, who is in the second year of a three-year, $24 million contract, held his former team to two runs on seven hits. He had given up 22 earned runs in his four previous starts, all losses.
"I thought we went sleepwalking into the game and didn't really start getting some intensity until the middle innings," Astros manager Larry Dierker said. "When we picked it up, (Kile) picked it up."
Kile retired the side in order four times and stranded the tying run at second when the Astros loaded the bases with two outs in the eighth. He also hit an RBI single, ending an 0-for-32 slump.
"I try to make it exciting," Veres said jokingly. "One, two, three
The NL Central-leading Astros lost for just the fourth time in 18 games. They are 11-4 since Dierker returned from a seizure that required brain surgery.
"This game was close enough to be a win. I don't think anyone is happy about winning three of four," Dierker said. "We expect to win every game and that is how you should be. If you are not a good team, you can say that, but you are kidding yourself. With our club, we can win every game."
Castilla's two-out, two-run homer off Chris Holt (2-10) broke a 1-1 tie in the fifth. Holt left with two outs in the sixth after left fielder Daryle Ward misplayed Neifi Perez's double, allowing Terry Shumpert to score from first.
Kile gave the Rockies an early 1-0 lead with a two-out, RBI single in the second, but the Astros tied it in the third on Craig Biggio's run-scoring double.
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