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Inside-the-park homer boosts Astros over Giants

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HOUSTON -- Rookie Jose Altuve and J.D. Martinez are giving the Houston Astros a good look at their future.

Altuve hit an inside-the-park drive for his first major league home run, a leadoff shot that sent the Astros over the San Francisco Giants 7-5 Saturday night.

Altuve had three hits and Martinez homered, doubled and drove in four runs as the Astros matched a season high with their fourth straight win.

"It's nice to see everyone do well, not just us," Martinez said. "I feel that the guys are starting to jell together and see what everyone can do. What they bring to the table and what their role on the team is. It's nice to see us putting everything together and winning games."

Rookie Jordan Lyles (2-7) gave up two runs, both of them unearned, in five innings. Mark Melancon got two outs for his 13th save.

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"I can't say enough about them," Lyles said of his fellow rookies. "The night that Altuve and J.D. had. The monster shot that J.D. had. It's a little bit easier when they put up big innings like that."

Astros manager Brad Mills said Lyles did a good job of pitching around the seven hits he allowed.

Madison Bumgarner (7-12) was tagged for seven runs and 11 hits in 6 2/3 innings.

"I felt like it was a battle the whole night trying to get the ball where it's supposed to go," Bumgarner said. "I was trying to fight through it and make pitches. They did a good job tonight of hitting the ball."

"Just one of those days," he said. "You don't really have anything working. Just have to find a way to get through it. It stinks that I gave up that many runs, especially with our offense scoring five runs."

Aubrey Huff homered and Cody Ross and Pablo Sandoval each drove in two runs for the Giants, who have lost three in a row and 16 of 22.

Altuve opened the bottom of the first with a drive off the wall in left-center field. Ross came over from center field to track down the ball and relayed to shortstop Mike Fontenot, whose throw to the plate was high and wide.

Third base coach Dave Clark put up a stop sign, but Altuve ran through it and scored.

"As soon as I hit it, I knew it was in the gap," Altuve said. "I just kept running hard. I saw that the center fielder didn't know where the ball was. I just kept running. As I was close to third base, I tried to look up, but Sandoval was blocking me, so I couldn't see. When I realized there was a sign, it was too late."

The home run was the first inside-the-parker for the Astros at Minute Maid Park since Adam Everett on Aug. 6, 2003. The last Houston player to hit an inside-the-park shot for his first career homer was pitcher Butch Henry on May 8, 1992, at Three Rivers Stadium in Pittsburgh.

Tony Campana of the Cubs was the last player whose first big league home run was inside the park. He did it Aug. 5 against Cincinnati.

The Astros scored four times in the third for a 5-0 lead. Martinez hit a double that drove in Lyles and Altuve, who had both singled. Later in the inning, an error by Bumgarner set up Jimmy Paredes' RBI single and Clint Barmes' sacrifice fly.

Ross cut it to 5-2 with a two-out, two-run single in the fourth. Huff hit a solo homer in the seventh.

Martinez extended the lead to 7-3 with his fifth homer, a two-run shot that chased Bumgarner.

Melancon relieved in the ninth and gave up Sandoval's two-run double before getting two groundouts to end it.

Notes

  • Giants OF Carlos Beltran, on the 15-day disabled list retroactive to Aug. 8 with a strained right hand, took batting practice from the right side and hit from both sides in the batting cage before the game.
  • Houston recalled LHP Wesley Wright from Triple-A Oklahoma City and optioned RHP Jeff Fulchino to Triple-A Oklahoma City.
  • Houston wore jerseys with "Los Astros" across the front for the first time in team history.
  • RHP Henry Sosa (0-2) gets the start in the series finale Sunday against the Giants. San Francisco announced LHP Dan Runzler (1-2) as its starter. It would be Runzler's first start of the season. Giants manager Bruce Bochy said LHP Jonathan Sanchez, who has a left ankle sprain, would not start after reporting soreness in his ankle after throwing off a flat surface Friday.
  • Bill Doran was the last Astros player to lead off a game with an inside-the-park home run, doing it on April 22, 1987, against Atlanta in the Astrodome.
 
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Jose Altuve's first HR in the big leagues is an improbable inside-the-park leadoff shot against the Giants.  (Getty Images)
Jose Altuve's first HR in the big leagues is an improbable inside-the-park leadoff shot against the Giants. (Getty Images)

Players of the Game
Houston

J. Martinez
AB 4
R 2
H 2
HR 1
RBI 4
San Francisco

A. Huff
AB 4
R 1
H 2
HR 1
RBI 1
 

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San Francisco Giants
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Cody Ross, CF5012001 .239
Jeff Keppinger, 2B5120001 .300
Pablo Sandoval, 3B4022121 .309
Aubrey Huff, 1B4121102 .248
Nate Schierholtz, RF5010015 .278
Brandon Belt, LF4000023 .200
Mike Fontenot, SS3120012 .229
   a- Miguel Tejada, PH-SS1000010 .239
Chris Stewart, C4100000 .209
Madison Bumgarner, P2000002 .114
    Santiago Casilla, P0000000 .000
    Javier Lopez, P0000000 .000
   b- Mark DeRosa, PH0100100 .182
Totals37510537  
a-struck out for Fontenot in the 8th
b-walked for Lopez in the 9th
Batting
2B - Jeff Keppinger (14, Lyles), Pablo Sandoval (21, Melancon)
HR - Aubrey Huff (12, Escalona)
SH - Madison Bumgarner (8)
RBI - Cody Ross 2 (41), Pablo Sandoval 2 (48), Aubrey Huff (54)
2-OUT RBI - Cody Ross 2 (17), Aubrey Huff (19)
Team LOB - 9
Fielding
Outfield Assists - Cody Ross 1, Nate Schierholtz 1
DP - Schierholtz-Huff-Fontenot
E - Madison Bumgarner (3, Dropped line drive)
San Francisco Giants
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Madison Bumgarner (L,7-12) 6.21176152 3.68
Santiago Casilla 0.1100100 1.56
Javier Lopez 1200000 2.44
Pitches-Strikes - Madison Bumgarner 103-69, Santiago Casilla 12-4, Javier Lopez 8-7
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Madison Bumgarner 6-7, Santiago Casilla 1-0, Javier Lopez 2-1
Batters Faced - Madison Bumgarner 30, Santiago Casilla 3, Javier Lopez 5
Houston Astros
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Jose Altuve, 2B5231003 .327
Jason Bourgeois, CF3110102 .298
J.D. Martinez, LF4224020 .257
Carlos Lee, 1B3120100 .260
Jimmy Paredes, 3B4021002 .290
Clint Barmes, SS3001012 .253
Jason Michaels, RF3010000 .199
    Sergio Escalona, P0000000 .000
   a- Matt Downs, PH1010000 .261
    Fernando Rodriguez, P0000000 .000
    Mark Melancon, P0000000 .000
Humberto Quintero, C4000022 .254
Jordan Lyles, P2110001 .120
    Wilton Lopez, P0000000 .000
    J.B. Shuck, RF2010000 .278
Totals34714725  
a-doubled for Escalona in the 8th
Batting
2B - J.D. Martinez (6, Bumgarner), Carlos Lee (28, Bumgarner), Jason Michaels (7, Bumgarner), Matt Downs (14, Lopez)
HR - Jose Altuve (1, Bumgarner), J.D. Martinez (5, Bumgarner)
SF - Clint Barmes (2)
SH - Jason Bourgeois (3)
RBI - Jose Altuve (6), J.D. Martinez 4 (19), Jimmy Paredes (7), Clint Barmes (26)
2-OUT RBI - J.D. Martinez 2 (5)
CS - Jose Altuve (1, 2nd base by Bumgarner/Stewart)
Team LOB - 7
Fielding
E - Jimmy Paredes (2, Misplayed grounder)
Houston Astros
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Jordan Lyles (W,2-7) 5720240 5.02
Wilton Lopez (H,10) 1.1000000 2.91
Sergio Escalona (H,6) 1.2111031 3.08
Fernando Rodriguez 0.1122100 3.00
Mark Melancon (S,13) 0.2100000 3.16
Pitches-Strikes - Jordan Lyles 86-50, Wilton Lopez 10-8, Sergio Escalona 27-17, Fernando Rodriguez 14-5, Mark Melancon 13-9
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jordan Lyles 6-6, Wilton Lopez 1-3, Sergio Escalona 1-1, Mark Melancon 2-0
Batters Faced - Jordan Lyles 25, Wilton Lopez 4, Sergio Escalona 6, Fernando Rodriguez 3, Mark Melancon 3
Game Information
Attendance - 29046
Game Time - 2:38
Temperature - 73
Umpires - Home - Adrian Johnson, First Base - Field Culbreth, Second Base - Lance Barksdale, Third Base - Cory Blaser