Carter's homer gives Astros 5-4 win over Arizona

Published on NewsOK Modified: June 13, 2014 at 12:10 am •  Published: June 13, 2014
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HOUSTON (AP) — Arizona's pitchers can't seem to keep opponents from getting extra-base hits.

After starter Wade Miley had extended his National League lead for extra-base hits allowed, reliever J.J. Putz (1-1) gave up a leadoff homer to Chris Carter in the bottom of the 10th inning as the Houston Astros beat the Diamondbacks 5-4 on Thursday night.

Arizona manager Kirk Gibson said the Diamondbacks fell into a hole early because of Miley's inability to keep the ball on the ground.

"He's just got to make different pitches in different situations and keep the ball in the ballpark," Gibson said. "He didn't do a very good job of that tonight. Three home runs sunk us."

Miley allowed two of the home runs, bringing his June total to six in just three starts. He allowed nine homers in his previous 11 starts in 2014.

"I wasn't locating at all, and balls were all over the place," Miley said. "It was a bad night. I couldn't hit a spot — ever."

Carter, who homered twice on Wednesday, hit his 13th homer of the season into the Crawford Boxes in left field off Putz.

"He put a pretty good swing on it," Putz said. "There's nothing else to say. I just didn't make the right pitch, I guess."

Miguel Montero tied it at 4-4 in the ninth with a home run to left field on the first pitch from closer Chad Qualls.

Carlos Corporan had a two-run home run and Jon Singleton homered and drove in two runs for the Astros, who have won six of their last eight games.

Tony Sipp (1-0) struck out one in a scoreless 10th for the win.

Singleton drove in a run with a sacrifice fly in the first inning and broke a 1-all tie with his solo shot to right field in the third. Corporan extended Houston's lead to 4-1 with his home run to left field in the fourth.

Chris Owings hit a solo homer to get Arizona within 4-3 in the seventh inning.

Houston second baseman Jose Altuve was hit on the right hand by a pitch in the seventh inning. X-rays were negative and he is listed as day to day.

David Peralta singled for Arizona's first hit with one out in the third inning. Ender Inciarte reached on an error by Altuve that left Peralta at third and he scored on a sacrifice fly by Didi Gregorius to tie it at 1-1.

Enciarte was shaken up in that inning when he took a knee to the head from Jonathan Villar while stealing second base. He remained in the game but was replaced by Cody Ross in the bottom of the sixth as a precaution.

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