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Astros power past White Sox 11-9

Associated Press Modified: June 10, 2012 at 5:47 pm •  Published: June 10, 2012
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CHICAGO (AP) — Lucas Harrell made the big pitches when he needed to and let his teammates do the rest.

The result was a satisfying win over his former club.

Justin Maxwell, Jose Altuve, J.D. Martinez and Brett Wallace all homered, leading the Houston Astros over the Chicago White Sox 11-9 on Sunday for their first road series of the season.

Maxwell's two-run shot in the fifth inning put the Astros ahead 4-3. He also singled, walked and scored two runs. His homer was estimated at 461 feet, curling just inside the left-field foul pole into the second deck.

Altuve hit a two-run shot in the eighth for an 11-4 lead. He drove in three runs and stole home on the back end of a double steal in the sixth.

Martinez homered on first pitch of the second, and Wallace added a solo shot in a five-run sixth for Houston that broke the game open.

The Astros put up 20 runs in the three-game series — 19 of them came in the two wins.

"It was huge to be able to put up that many home runs and get our first road (series) win," Astros manager Brad Mills said. "It was nice to see the guys come out swinging like that."

Adam Dunn hit his 20th homer of the season and Paul Konerko added his 12th for the White Sox. Konerko also singled, raising his average to .365.

Harrell (6-4) tied a career high by going 7 1-3 innings, winning his first start against the team that let him go. He gave up five runs and six hits and struck out five.

The White Sox drafted Harrell in the fourth round in 2004, but waived him last July. Harrell has won four of his past five starts.

"I played with half those guys for two, three-plus years," Harrell said. "You know their tendencies, you know what they work on when they're in the cages. You go to those things and hopefully they're not hitting it."

Brett Myers got the last two outs for his 15th save.

White Sox starter Phil Humber (2-4), gave up the first three Houston homers, matching his career worst. He allowed six runs and six hits in 5 1-3 innings and struck out nine.

Humber had five straight strikeouts at one point spanning the third and fourth innings. He's 1-4 with a 7.50 ERA since throwing a perfect game on April 21 at Seattle.

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