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Astros bounce back after Giants' perfecto

CBSSports.com wire reports
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SAN FRANCISCO -- J.D. Martinez wasted little time when he stepped into the batter's box after Barry Zito walked three consecutive batters to open the third inning.

Martinez hit his first career grand slam to end an 0-for-12 skid and the Houston Astros avoided a three-game sweep with a 6-3 win over the San Francisco Giants on Thursday.

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"He was making some mistakes, falling behind hitters and walked three guys," Martinez said. "I knew he had to give me something to hit. That was my mindset. I was going to be aggressive and go for it."

Matt Downs also homered and Justin Maxwell drove in a run for the Astros, who dropped 13 of their previous 17 games -- including a 10-0 loss Wednesday night when Giants ace Matt Cain pitched a perfect game.

Jose Altuve had two hits and a walk. The young second baseman ranks among the major league leaders in average and hits.

"We had to bounce back today and we had to get runs early," Downs said. "Altuve set the tone early and got it over with. That pumped all of us up."

Wandy Rodriguez (6-4) went six innings to win his third straight decision, allowing three runs and six hits. Brett Myers worked the ninth for his 16th save in 17 opportunities.

"He was able to give us a quality start," manager Brad Mills said. "That two-out home run was a little bit of a hiccup but, it's always nice to get at least one game in the series."

Brandon Belt hit a two-run homer and Hector Sanchez added a sacrifice fly for the Giants, who are 12-5 in their past 17 games.

Zito (5-4) lasted five innings, allowing five runs and five hits. He walked three and struck out three in losing two straight decisions for the first time this season.

"I screwed up making pitches and things happened after that," Zito said.

After tossing 8 1/3 shutout innings against the Chicago Cubs on June 3, Zito has allowed nine runs and 14 hits in his last 11 innings.

"He was throwing the ball well," Giants manager Bruce Bochy said. "He allowed a solo home run and then got out of sync."

Downs gave the Astros a 1-0 lead with his fourth homer of the season with two outs in the second.

Zito walked Altuve, Brian Bixler and Jed Lowrie in succession to open the third, setting up Martinez's slam that traveled halfway up the left-field bleachers. The left-hander has allowed four home runs in his past two games after giving up four in his previous eight.

"I was relieved I was able to come through for the team," Martinez said. "We kept telling each other to attack them early and score early."

Maxwell's two-out single in the eighth gave the Astros a 6-3 lead.

Belt's third home run in three days put the Giants on the scoreboard in the fourth. His two-run shot cleared the right-field bleachers and landed in McCovey Cove.

Sanchez hit his sacrifice fly in the sixth.

Notes

  • Giants 1B Aubrey Huff underwent an MRI to assess damage in his bruised right knee, injured when he jumped over the dugout railing after Cain's perfect game.
  • Martinez has 13 RBI in 10 games against the Giants.
  • Astros slugger Carlos Lee was slated to start a rehab assignment with Double-A Corpus Christi.
  • The Astros have signed 26 of their 41 draft picks, including 15 of the first 21.
  • Giants INF Joaquin Arias extended his career-best hitting streak to eight games.
  • Altuve recorded his 28th multihit game.
  • Martinez hit two grand slams in Double-A last year.
 
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Houston's J.D. Martinez smacks his first career grand slam in the third inning. (Getty Images)
Houston's J.D. Martinez smacks his first career grand slam in the third inning. (Getty Images)

Players of the Game
Houston

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

B. Belt
AB 4
R 1
H 1
HR 1
RBI 2
 
Houston Astros
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Jose Altuve, 2B4120101 .324
Brian Bixler, RF2210200 .261
    Fernando Rodriguez, P0000000 .000
    Brett Myers, P0000000 .000
Jed Lowrie, SS3100102 .275
J.D. Martinez, LF4114003 .227
Justin Maxwell, CF4011010 .230
Chris Johnson, 3B4010001 .279
Matt Downs, 1B4111001 .171
Jason Castro, C4000030 .250
Wandy Rodriguez, P2000000 .000
   a- Jordan Schafer, PH1000000 .241
    Wesley Wright, P0000000 .000
    Brian Bogusevic, RF1010000 .229
Totals3368644  
a-grounded out for Rodriguez in the 7th
Batting
HR - J.D. Martinez (7, Zito), Matt Downs (4, Zito)
RBI - J.D. Martinez 4 (37), Justin Maxwell (19), Matt Downs (7)
2-OUT RBI - Justin Maxwell (6), Matt Downs (4)
Team LOB - 4
Fielding
DP - Altuve-Lowrie-Downs, Downs-Lowrie-Myers
Houston Astros
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Wandy Rodriguez (W,6-4) 6633231 3.35
Wesley Wright (H,8) 1000000 4.26
Fernando Rodriguez (H,6) 1000010 4.56
Brett Myers (S,16) 1100000 1.99
Pitches-Strikes - Wandy Rodriguez 97-58, Wesley Wright 7-6, Fernando Rodriguez 15-13, Brett Myers 8-5
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Wandy Rodriguez 8-6, Wesley Wright 2-1, Fernando Rodriguez 2-0, Brett Myers 1-1
Batters Faced - Wandy Rodriguez 25, Wesley Wright 3, Fernando Rodriguez 3, Brett Myers 3
San Francisco Giants
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Gregor Blanco, RF3000110 .274
Ryan Theriot, 2B4010001 .260
Melky Cabrera, LF3000111 .363
Angel Pagan, CF4110022 .314
Pablo Sandoval, 3B4020002 .316
Hector Sanchez, C3111001 .274
Brandon Belt, 1B4112001 .238
Joaquin Arias, SS3010000 .239
Barry Zito, P1000001 .087
   a- Emmanuel Burriss, PH1000000 .211
    Shane Loux, P0000000 .000
   b- Nate Schierholtz, PH1000000 .259
    Clay Hensley, P0000000 .000
    Jeremy Affeldt, P0000000 .000
Totals3137324  
a-grounded out for Zito in the 5th
b-grounded out for Loux in the 7th
Batting
2B - Ryan Theriot (5, Rodriguez)
HR - Brandon Belt (3, Rodriguez)
SF - Hector Sanchez (3)
RBI - Hector Sanchez (18), Brandon Belt 2 (24)
2-OUT RBI - Brandon Belt 2 (8)
SB - Gregor Blanco (8, 2nd base off Rodriguez/Castro)
Team LOB - 4
Fielding
DP - Sandoval-Theriot, Arias-Theriot-Belt
San Francisco Giants
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Barry Zito (L,5-4) 5555332 3.61
Shane Loux 2100000 1.46
Clay Hensley 1111100 2.84
Jeremy Affeldt 1100010 2.28
Pitches-Strikes - Barry Zito 77-47, Shane Loux 19-10, Clay Hensley 20-12, Jeremy Affeldt 8-6
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Barry Zito 5-6, Shane Loux 5-0, Clay Hensley 2-1, Jeremy Affeldt 1-1
Batters Faced - Barry Zito 22, Shane Loux 6, Clay Hensley 5, Jeremy Affeldt 4
Game Information
Attendance - 41662
Game Time - 2:31
Temperature - 64
Umpires - Home - Mike Muchlinski, First Base - Angel Campos, Second Base - Brian Runge, Third Base - Ted Barrett