Upton brothers both hit HRs, Atlanta Braves beat Astros

Upton brothers both hit HRs, Atlanta Braves beat Astros

June 25th, 2014 by Associated Press in Sportsprofessional

Atlanta Braves' Justin Upton (8) hits a home run in front of Houston Astros catcher Jason Castro during the fourth inning of a baseball game Tuesday, June 24, 2014, in Houston.

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HOUSTON - Brothers B.J. and Justin Upton both homered Tuesday night to lead the Atlanta Braves to a 3-2 win over the Houston Astros.

It was the fourth time the brothers have homered in the same game 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 nice bounce-back game for the brothers, who were coming off a four-game series against Washington in which they went a combined 2 for 27.

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.

Former Astro Chris Johnson had two hits and drove in the first run for the Braves.

Springer put Houston up 1-0 with his two-out homer to center field in the first inning.

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.

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

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.

Justin Upton also 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 in foul territory down the line before spinning around throwing the ball in.