- Associated Press - Wednesday, June 25, 2014

HOUSTON (AP) - The Houston Astros had the most hits they have had in a week on Tuesday night.

But they were unable to get them in key situations and it led to their third straight loss and seventh in eight games.

Houston’s eight hits were two more than the Atlanta Braves’, but the Astros stranded 10 runners in a 3-2 loss. The eight hits matched Houston’s total output in the previous two games combined.

“We had our chances,” Astros manager Bo Porter said. “We just were not able to get the big hit. We ran the bases well, we got guys on, but at the end of the day, you have to find a way to drive them in. We were not able to do that tonight, and that was the difference in the ball game.”


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.

Springer put Houston up 1-0 with his two-out homer to center field in the first inning. The towering 441-foot shot was the eighth-longest ever hit by an Astro at Minute Maid Park.

Unfortunately for the Astros, the Braves had a couple of shots of their own.

Brothers B.J. and Justin Upton both homered in the same game for the fourth time 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 good night for the Uptons, I guess,” Feldman said. “I made a couple mistakes to those guys, and they did some damage.”

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

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

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