7/22/2012 9:56:00 PM MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL Kubel, Young hit home runs; D-backs sweep Houston
Ross D. Franklin/The Associated Press
Arizona Diamondbacks' Chris Young points skyward as he rounds the bases after hitting a three-run home run against the Houston Astros in the sixth inning during Sunday's game in Phoenix.
BOB BAUM The Associated Press
PHOENIX - Jason Kubel homered for the sixth time in five games, Chris Young added a three-run shot and the Arizona Diamondbacks beat Houston 8-2 Sunday to complete a high-scoring, three-game sweep of the staggering Astros.
Kubel, coming off a three-homer game Saturday night, led off the second inning with his 21st of the season. Young's homer highlighted a season-high seven-run sixth for the Diamondbacks, who outscored Houston 33-13 in the series.
Justin Maxwell homered for Houston as the Astros lost their sixth straight and 19th in 21 games. Houston was swept for the eighth time this season.
Josh Collmenter (2-2) gave up two runs and seven hits through six innings to get the win. Jordan Lyles (2-7) took the loss.
Kubel also singled and tripled. Gerardo Parra singled in two runs for the Diamondbacks, whose 12 hits gave them 40 for the series.
Lyles allowed eight runs, five earned, and 10 hits in 5 2-3 innings. He nursed a 2-1 lead going into the sixth before things fell apart.
Singles by Stephen Drew, Aaron Hill and Kubel loaded the bases with one out. Miguel Montero bounced one up the middle and shortstop Marwin Gonzalez chased it down. He flipped the ball to second baseman Jose Altuve, who tried to catch the ball with his bare hand but dropped it. Two runs scored on Gonzalez's error and Arizona led 3-2. Young, the next batter, lofted a 3-2 pitch into the left-field seats to make it 6-2.
The Diamondbacks weren't finished.
Singles by Lyle Overbay and pinch-hitter Ryan Roberts put runners at first and second. Both advanced on a passed ball and scored on Parra's single to make it 8-2.
Justin Maxwell lined a 1-1 pitch off the top of the porch in left-center for his ninth home run to put Houston up 1-0 in the second. Kubel's homer just inside the right-field foul pole in the Arizona second tied it.
Consecutive doubles by Altuve and Gonzalez to start the sixth gave Houston a short-lived 2-1 lead. Gonzalez took third on a groundout but was nabbed in a rundown when Maxwell failed to put down a suicide squeeze.
Lyles is 0-5 in eight road starts this season. ... Kubel's second-inning homer was his 500th career RBI. ... Hill, who extended his hitting streak to 13 games, appeared in his 1,000th major league contest. ... Collmenter moved back into the rotation when touted rookie Trevor Bauer was sent back to Triple-A Reno. ... The Diamondbacks, in the midst of a 10-game homestand, open a three-game series with Colorado on Monday. RHP Ian Kennedy (7-8, 4.33 ERA) goes for Arizona against recently acquired Jonathan Sanchez (1-6, 7.76 ERA with Kansas City). ... The Astros return home for a three-game series with Cincinnati. Wandy Rodriguez (7-8, 3.75) pitches for Houston against Mat Latos (8-3, 4.33). ... The Diamondbacks scored five or more runs in an inning three times in the series. ... Parra was picked off twice. ... RHP Brad Bergeson, claimed off waivers by Arizona from Baltimore on Friday, pitched a scoreless seventh.