Upton brothers both hit HRs, Braves beat Astros

Upton brothers both hit HRs, Braves beat Astros

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HOUSTON, TX - JUNE 24: Jonathan Villar #2 of the Houston Astros makes a play on Andrelton Simmons #19 of the Atlanta Braves at second base in the seventh inning during the game at Minute Maid Park on June 24, 2014 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Scott Halleran/Getty Images)

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by The Associated Press

The Associated Press

Posted on June 25, 2014 at 7:15 AM

Updated Wednesday, Jun 25 at 7:16 AM

HOUSTON — The Houston Astros had the most hits they have had in a week on Tuesday night.

But they were unable to get them in key situations and it led to their third straight loss and seventh in eight games.

Houston's eight hits were two more than the Atlanta Braves', but the Astros stranded 10 runners in a 3-2 loss. The eight hits matched Houston's total output in the previous two games combined.

"We had our chances," Astros manager Bo Porter said. "We just were not able to get the big hit. We ran the bases well, we got guys on, but at the end of the day, you have to find a way to drive them in. We were not able to do that tonight, and that was the difference in the ball game."

Aaron Harang (6-6) allowed two runs and six hits in six innings. Craig Kimbrel pitched a scoreless ninth for his 22nd save.

Houston rookie George Springer hit his team-leading 14th home run and Jose Altuve added two hits to give him a major league-best 105.

Springer put Houston up 1-0 with his two-out homer to center field in the first inning. The towering 441-foot shot was the eighth-longest ever hit by an Astro at Minute Maid Park.

Unfortunately for the Astros, the Braves had a couple of shots of their own.

Brothers B.J. and Justin Upton both homered in the same game for the fourth time as teammates, tying a major league record.

B.J. Upton's homer was a solo shot off Scott Feldman (3-5) in the third inning that put Atlanta up 2-1. Younger brother Justin connected off Feldman the next inning to push the lead to 3-1.

"It was a good night for the Uptons, I guess," Feldman said. "I made a couple mistakes to those guys, and they did some damage."

Feldman allowed four hits and three runs with five strikeouts in six innings for his third straight loss.

Former Astro Chris Johnson had two hits and drove in the first run for the Braves. The Braves tied it in the second when Jason Heyward tripled and scored on a double by Johnson.

Jason Castro singled with one out in the Houston fourth, Chris Carter walked and Jonathan Villar hit an RBI single.

The Astros got a runner to third base with two outs in both the seventh and eighth innings, but stranded them. Springer grounded out the first time and Robbie Grossman struck out in the eighth.

Matt Dominguez, rookie Jon Singleton and Grossman continue to struggle at the plate for Houston. Dominguez was 0 for 3 with a walk to extend his slump to 0 for 19, Singleton went 0 for 4 and is 0 for his last 16 and Grossman is 0 for 24 after going 0 for 4 with three strikeouts.

"When you have talented young players, you can't pull the plug or make them feel like they're taking one at-bat to the next," Porter said.

Justin Upton had a nifty defensive play for the second out of the eighth inning. He made a long dash from left field to grab a ball hit by Castro down the line in foul territory before spinning around and throwing the ball in.

NOTES: Other brothers who have homered in the same game four times are Jeremy and Jason Giambi and Vladimir and Wilton Guerrero. This is the second season the Uptons have played on the same team. ... Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez said RHP Gavin Floyd, who broke a bone in his throwing elbow on Thursday, will have surgery on Wednesday. Gonzalez said that he isn't sure of the timetable for his return. ... SS Carlos Correa, the No. 1 overall draft pick by Houston in 2012, is expected to be out for an extended time after injuring his right ankle Saturday night playing for Single-A Lancaster. Astros general manager Jeff Luhnow said Correa was in Houston on Tuesday to see a doctor and that he would have more details on his injury on Wednesday.

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