Houston, TX (Sports Network) - Matt Dominguez drove in three runs, and he was
one of six different Houston players to homer, as the Astros held off the
Baltimore Orioles, 11-7, at Minute Maid Park.
The six home runs hit by the Astros were one shy of a club record, set Sept.
9, 2000 at Wrigley Field against the Chicago Cubs. Jose Altuve, Jason Castro,
J.D. Martinez, Carlos Pena and Marwin Gonzalez also went deep for Houston,
which has won seven of its last eight games.
J.J. Hardy and Matt Wieters each homered and had two RBI for the Orioles, who
lost for just the second time in seven games.
Baltimore nearly came back from a 9-1 deficit. The O's scored three times in
each the seventh and eighth innings. They had the bases full with the tying
run at the plate in the eighth, but Hardy grounded into a double play to end
It was a tough night for Orioles starter Freddy Garcia (2-3). The veteran
right-hander, who threw eight shutout innings in his last start, allowed seven
hits, including four homers, and six runs over three-plus frames.
On the other side, Dallas Keuchel (3-2) limited the Orioles to five hits and a
runs over six innings.
Hardy singled in Nate McLouth in the opening inning, but the Astros got two-
run homers to right-center from Castro and Pena in the bottom half.
Gonzalez homered to the same part of the field in the second inning, and the
long ball parade continued in the fourth with three homers, yielding a 9-1
Dominguez hit the inning's first pitch over the wall in left. Steve Johnson
replaced Garcia and struck out the ensuing two batters, but Altuve homered to
left, and after Castro walked it was Martinez's turn to turn on a pitch with a
blast to left-center.
Baltimore's three-run seventh was highlighted by Alexi Casilla's RBI triple
and Hardy's solo blast to left.
Dominguez doubled to center to drive in two more in the bottom of the frame
for an 11-4 margin.
Travis Blackley got into trouble in the eighth, though. Chris Davis doubled
and Wieters homered to left-center. A pair of walks and a single to McLouth
loaded the bases with one out.
Hector Ambriz was summoned from the bullpen and Manny Machado singled to left
to make it a four-run margin, but then Hardy grounded into a 6-4-3 double
Houston had lost seven in a row to the Orioles ... Baltimore has homered 31
times in the last 15 games ... Houston had 14 of the game's 27 hits ... This
was the first six-homer game for the Astros since Aug. 9, 2006 against the
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