National League Game Summary - Houston at Arizona|
(Sunday, July 22nd)
Final Score: Arizona 8, Houston 2
Phoenix, AZ (Sports Network) - Chris Young clubbed a three-run homer as part
of a seven-run sixth inning and the Arizona Diamondbacks completed a three-
game sweep of the Houston Astros with an 8-2 victory on Sunday at Chase Field.
Gerardo Parra added a two-run single in the sixth, while Jason Kubel, who
belted a career-high three home runs on Saturday, added a solo shot and
finished a double shy of the cycle to help the D-backs take their sixth
straight home win.
Josh Collmenter (2-2) surrendered two runs on seven hits and a walk with four
strikeouts over six frames to earn the victory.
"He's just really solid," said Arizona manager Kirk Gibson of Collmenter.
"He's really hard to rattle in situations. He has conviction in his pitches.
He just does so many things well."
Justin Maxwell crushed a solo home run in the second for the Astros, who have
now lost six straight and 10 of their last 11 games.
Jordan Lyles (2-7) was shelled for eight runs -- five earned -- on ten hits
over 5 2/3 frames to absorb the loss.
Maxwell crushed a first-pitch cutter to straightaway center field to give the
visitors a 1-0 lead in the second, but Kubel responded in the bottom half with
a leadoff homer off the right-field foul pole.
It marked his fourth home run in six at-bats and gave him 500 RBI for his
Houston regained the lead in the sixth when Scott Moore led off the frame with
a double to center and Chris Johnson followed with a two-bagger off the wall
in left-center field to plate Moore.
Lyles ran into trouble in the sixth, when Stephen Drew, Aaron Hill and Kubel
stroked consecutive one-out singles to load the bases for Miguel Montero, who
scorched a line drive back up the middle.
Montero's liner deflected off Lyles' glove and bounced behind the bag at
second. Houston shortstop Marwin Gonzalez corralled the ball, but his flip to
Jose Altuve at second was dropped, allowing two runs to score.
"He was throwing the ball so well until that sixth inning," said Houston
manager Brad Mills of Lyles. "If we could have been able to get an out on that
ball up the middle, that really would have helped."
Young then launched a slider from Lyles deep into the left-center field seats
to give the Diamondbacks a 6-2 lead.
Two more base hits chased Lyles, and Wesley Wright served up Parra's two-run
single to left to cap the seven-run sixth inning.
Lyles is now 0-5 in eight road starts this season...Kubel now has 47 RBI since
June 5, which is tops in the majors over that span...Arizona has taken the
season series every year since Houston last won in 2006...Hill extended his
hit-streak to 13 games with a single in the sixth. It was his 1,000th career
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