PHOENIX (AP) — The Houston Astros' season went from very bad to even worse on an awful road trip to the West.
Houston dropped its sixth straight and wrapped up a 1-9 trip with an 8-2 loss to the Arizona Diamondbacks on Sunday. Arizona outscored the Astros 33-13 in the three-game sweep.
"We are glad we are going home," Astros manager Brad Mills said. "It seems like it has been forever since we have been home."
The Astros have dropped 19 of 21 as they prepare to open a three-game series against Cincinnati.
Things looked all right for Houston for a time in the Arizona series finale, with Jordan Lyles cruising until the sixth inning. Then the Diamondbacks erupted for a season-high seven runs.
"He was throwing the ball so well," Mills said.
The inning turned on Miguel Montero's ground ball up the middle with the bases loaded.
Shortstop Marwin Gonzalez chased it down. He flipped the ball to second baseman Jose Altuve, who tried to catch it with his bare hand but dropped it. Two runs scored on Gonzalez's error and Arizona led 3-2.
"He threw the ball to my side," Altuve said. "At that moment, I thought that I couldn't get it with my glove so I tried to barehand it. I was just trying to catch it. I thought that was the only chance I had."
Jason Kubel homered for the sixth time in five games and Chris Young added a three-run shot for Arizona.
Kubel, coming off a three-homer game Saturday night, led off the second inning with his 21st of the season. Young's homer highlighted the Diamondbacks' big seventh.
Arizona, in the midst of a 10-game homestand, pulled within a game of .500 (47-48).
"We want to continue to roll on this," manager Kirk Gibson said. "We know when we come off this homestand it's very important that we get over .500. We head on the road for virtually all of August."
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), back in the rotation after touted prospect Trevor Bauer was sent back to Triple-A Reno, gave up two runs and seven hits through six innings to get the win. Collmenter struggled mightily early in the season, then had success in a long relief role before getting his chance to start again.