- Associated Press - Sunday, June 12, 2011

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.

McCann’s shot to right field off Lyon (3-3) scored Jordan Schafer and Dan Uggla to give him 501 career RBIs and put Atlanta on top 5-2. Schafer singled before Uggla walked.

The Astros have lost seven of eight, including all four of their games against the Braves this season. McCann has three homers against Houston, two in Atlanta and one at Minute Maid Park.

Lyon struggled to throw strikes in his second appearance since coming off the DL this week. He also gave up a homer in Friday’s loss to the Braves.

“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.”

Chipper Jones hit his second double after McCann’s homer to chase Lyon and scored on a two-out single by Eric Hinske to make it 6-2.

Hinske homered for the second straight game to tie it in the fourth inning and Jones drove in a run in the third.

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.

Houston rookie Jordan Lyles, who at 20 years old is the youngest player in the majors, allowed eight hits and two runs in 6 1-3 innings in his third start overall and first at Minute Maid Park.

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