Astros find power as Lee and Berk­man hit homers

Austin American-Statesman - - SPORTS -

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.

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