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HOUSTON (AP) - Brandon Lyon has not found a groove since coming off the disabled list.
Brian McCann hit a three-run homer in the 10th inning, lifting the Braves to a 6-3 win over Houston on Saturday night, for their fifth straight victory.
“I didn’t make enough pitches, just fell behind a lot,” Lyon said. “I couldn’t find the strike zone and when I did find the strike zone, they hit the ball. Obviously, I will just come out tomorrow, work through it and try to get better.”
Lyon insists that he is pain free. He was on the disabled list for more than a month with right biceps tendinitis.
“I am not hurt at all. I wish I could make an excuse like that,” he said. “I felt great, I felt fine out there today. I just didn’t make the pitches that I needed to.”
Houston’s Hunter Pence had two hits including an RBI double in the first inning to extend his hitting streak to a career-best 22 games, which is the longest current streak in the majors.
Pence left Friday’s game after the third inning with tightness in his lower back. Astros manager Brad Mills said that might have helped Pence prolong his streak.
“A lot of times, when something is tweaked you just kind of calm down a little bit,” Mills said. “But he is squaring a lot of balls up right now, seeing the ball real well. He is just a lot calmer at the plate right now.”
Atlanta closer Craig Kimbrel allowed two hits and a run in the 10th inning.
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