Sports Minute: Calhoun homers twice in Arizona’s 6-3 win over Houston
By JORDAN GODWIN
HOUSTON (AP) — Kole Calhoun hit two home runs to lead the Arizona Diamondbacks over former teammate Zack Greinke and the Houston Astros 6-3 on Friday night.
Calhoun connected on Greinke's fastball in the fourth inning for an upper-deck shot to right. The three-run homer put Arizona ahead 3-2.
His second drive narrowly sneaked by the glove of leaping right fielder Josh Reddick. The solo shot off Blake Taylor in the eight made it 6-3. Calhoun has 14 homers following his second multihomer effort of the season.
Greinke matched his season high with nine strikeouts and pitched three-run ball over five innings. It was his first start against Arizona after being traded to Houston at the deadline last season.
Arizona took a 4-3 lead in the seventh on an RBI triple by Pavin Smith off Luis Garcia (0-1). Smith then scored on a wild pitch.
Arizona starter Zac Gallen (2-2) allowed a run in the first inning on a wild pitch and a run in the third inning on a double by Kyle Tucker. George Springer led off the fifth with a homer off the train tracks above left-center field. His 11th home run of the season tied it at 3.
Gallen allowed six hits in six innings, striking out six.
Jose Altuve had his first extra-base hit since Aug. 22, a span of 42 at-bats, with a double into the right-center field gap in the seventh inning. Altuve entered Friday hitting .216.
The Astros have lost 11 of their last 15 and fell to 25-26.
Diamondbacks: IF Ketel Marte (wrist) will take batting practice on Saturday with hopes that he could return next week, manager Torey Lovullo said. ... IF Andy Young had a right hamate (hand) bone surgically removed and is out for the season. Young was hit by a pitch at the team’s alternate training site. He is expected to be ready for 2021 spring training. Young had five hits in 26 at-bats in 12 games of his first season in the majors.
Astros: RHP Justin Verlander (forearm) is scheduled to throw a simulated game on Monday. Verlander threw 75 pitches in a simulated game on Wednesday at Minute Maid Park. ... RHP Brad Peacock was placed on the 10-day injured list with right shoulder soreness, backdated to Sept. 15. ... Taylor was activated from the 10-day IL.
Diamondbacks: RHP Luke Weaver (1-7, 6.70) will start Saturday, trying to snap his five-game losing streak.
Astros: RHP Cristian Javier (4-2, 3.22) allowed one run on four hits in six innings in an 8-2 win over Arizona on Aug. 4.
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