Astros find power as Lee and Berkman hit homers
HOUSTON — Carlos Lee and Lance Berkman homered for the second straight game and the Houston Astros hit a season-high four home runs in a 6-3 win over the Pittsburgh Pirates on Wednesday night.
Jeff Keppinger and Hunter Pence added solo shots for the Astros, who came in with a major league-low 50 homers this season.
Berkman has homered in three straight games, the first time he’s accomplished that feat since he hit homers in four consecutive games between July 29-Aug. 2, 2007.
Casey Daigle (1-1) pitched two scoreless innings in relief to earn the victory. Astros starter Brian Moehler left after three innings with a strained right groin.
Pirates starter Daniel McCutchen (1-4) allowed three of Houston’s four homers in five innings.
Keppinger extended his hitting streak to nine games.
Berkman drew a two-out walk in the third, and Lee followed with a homer to left, his 12th. Lee went 19 games and 71 at-bats without a homer before delivering Tuesday.