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Nicasio went 2-0 with a 3.90 ERA in six games this spring before making his start on Sunday.
"To see him pitch, after what he's gone through," Tulowitzki said, "that's a big accomplishment."
Norris, who led the Astros with 176 strikeouts in 2011, looked just as sharp, fanning five Rockies through the first three innings. He doubled down the left-field line with two outs in the bottom of the third, just his 18th hit in 114 career at-bats.
Norris was stranded when Nicasio struck out Jordan Schafer. Nicasio struck out three through the first three innings, using mostly fastballs.
Jason Giambi drew a walk in the fourth, and one out later, Rosario hit a towering home run to left center. The 23-year-old Rosario, Colorado's youngest position player, hit 40 homers in the minors over the past two seasons.
Houston's starting pitchers went 17 consecutive innings without allowing an earned run before Rosario's two-run shot. But the Rockies mustered only five baserunners the rest of the game and stranded a total of eight.
"We had some opportunity," Tracy said. "It got away from us."
Nicasio also handled the Astros' lineup with ease, making it through seven innings in just 82 pitches.
NOTES: Giambi is tied with Mark McGwire for 38th in major league history with 1,317 walks after three on Sunday. ... The Astros claimed OF Justin Maxwell off waivers from the New York Yankees on Sunday. The Astros will make a corresponding roster move when he reports on Monday.
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