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Rockies' Pomeranz strikes out five

The Rockies like what they've seen from young left-hander Drew Pomeranz so far this season and have high hopes for the rookie when he takes the hill Friday against the Astros in Houston.

"I don't think you can say anything shy of the fact he's been very, very impressive," Rockies manager Jim Tracy said. "He's actually really looking forward to his start. You get a first look at him, if you will, outside of Coors Field and an opportunity, especially with his secondary pitching, to see how additionally devastating they have the capability of being because you're not pitching at altitude. That's going to be a very intriguing thing."

Pomeranz did not factor into the decision against the Giants in his last outing, his second Major League start, but allowed only two runs on four hits and two walks while recording a career-high five strikeouts.

In his big league debut, Pomeranz allowed two hits in five shutout innings for the victory against the Reds. According to Elias Sports Bureau, he is the seventh starting pitcher in franchise history to win his Major League debut and the third Colorado pitcher to do so without allowing a run.

The rookie could use some help on offense. Rockies have given him just three runs of support in his 10 2/3 innings this season.

For their part, the Astros know what to expect from their starter, Brett Myers. The right-hander, who will make his penultimate start of the season when he takes the hill Friday, is 3-0 with a 1.19 ERA in his last four outings and has posted a 3.71 ERA since the All-Star break.

He is 7-1 against the Rockies in his career and his team is 8-1 when he starts against Colorado.

Rockies: Pacheco off to strong start
Jordan Pacheco went 0-for-4 Thursday but still has nine RBIs in his first 13 Major League starts.

• Since the All-Star break, Dexter Fowler has 35 extra-base hits in 63 games. He went 2-for-5 Thursday.

• Carlos Gonzalez is the first player in franchise history with consecutive seasons with at least 20 home runs and 20 stolen bases.

Astros: Altuve honored
Jose Altuve went 2-for-4 Thursday and has hit safely in 27 of his last 38 games. He was named the Astros 2011 organizational Player of the Year and will be honored for that achievement in a pregame ceremony on Saturday.

• It's not a secret the Astros have been relying on plenty of rookies since trading Jeff Keppinger, Hunter Pence and Michael Bourn in July, and the experience the young players are getting has been beneficial.

 "There's no doubt they've learned a lot and we hope they can continue learning," Astros manager Brad Mills said.

• The proceeds from this weekend's Astros In Action Foundation Marketplace event will support the Montgomery County United Way's efforts for wildfire victims and the Urban Youth Academy.

Worth noting
• Longtime Astros TV play-by-play broadcaster Bill Brown was selected as the 2011 inductee into to the Astros Media Wall of Honor.

• The Rockies named Marcela de la Mar as the Ninth Annual Hispanic Adult Leadership Award winner for her work with the Mexican Cultural Center.

• The Astros are 10-5 at home since Aug. 16 and 15-13 at home since the All-Star break.

• The Astros have secured the first pick in the 2012 First-Year Player Draft. Comments