HOUSTON – Carlos Correa drove in two runs with a double to back up a strong start by rookie Brandon Bielak, and the Houston Astros extended their winning streak to a season-high five games with a 2-1 win over the Colorado Rockies on Monday night.
Bielak (3-0) allowed one hit and one run in six innings for the win in his third MLB start. The 24-year-old, who made two relief appearances before moving into the rotation, walked four and struck out four.
Brooks Raley took over for Bielak and struck out two in 1 1/3 innings. Josh James got the last two outs of the eighth before Blake Taylor allowed one hit in a scoreless ninth for his first major league save on his 25th birthday.
“It was just one of days where I felt like nothing could go wrong," Taylor said.
Manager Dusty Baker was impressed with the work his young pitchers did on Monday night.
“The more they do it at this level the more confident they become," he said. “We’re putting them out there and they’re doing the job."
Denver manager Bud Black raved about Bielak's performance against his team.
“Their young starter continued his early career performance with a nice outing," Black said. “We just couldn't solve him."