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Old 06-16-2015, 06:20 PM   #1
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Valbuena homers twice as Astros beat Rockies 8-5

Luis Valbuena homered twice and drove in four runs, and the Houston Astros beat the Colorado Rockies 8-5 Tuesday.

Hank Conger hit a solo homer for the Astros, who lead the major leagues with 91 home runs. Houston is 25-0 this year when it has multihomer games.

Valbuena hit a solo homer in the second off Chris Rusin (2-2) and added a three-run drive in a five-run third that increased his team-leading home run total to 16.

Will Harris (3-0) pitched 1 1-3 scoreless innings in relief of rookie Vince Velasquez, who gave up five runs and seven hits in 4 2-3 innings. Luke Gregerson threw a perfect ninth for his 17th save in 19 chances.

Rusin (2-2) wasted a 3-1 lead and gave up seven runs and nine hits in four innings.

Houston All-Star second baseman Jose Altuve went 1 for 4 with an RBI and a walk after missing three games because of a strained right hamstring.

Carlos Gonzalez hit a two-run homer for Colorado that chased Velasquez. He originally was credited with a solo homer over the right-field foul pole in the seventh, but first-base umpire Bob Davidson's fair call was overturned in a video review.

Domingo Santana hit an RBI single to right in the third for his first major league hit. Santana, who was called up Monday, was 0 for 17 with14 strikeouts last season.



Rockies: Kyle Kendrick (2-8) faces the Astros on Wednesday, when the teams play in Denver.

Astros: Brett Oberholtzer (1-1) is to make his third start for Houston on Wednesday.


Rockies: Rafael Betancourt, on the disabled list since June 8 with vertigo symptoms, pitched a bullpen session. Manager Walt Weiss said there is no timetable for his return.

Astros: Brad Peacock is scheduled to see another doctor regarding his right hip injury.


Third baseman Matt Dominguez was claimed off waivers from the Astros by the Milwaukee Brewers and assigned to Triple-A Colorado Springs.

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