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Kubel, Young hit home runs; D-backs sweep Houston

Associated Press Modified: July 22, 2012 at 7:06 pm •  Published: July 22, 2012
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PHOENIX (AP) — 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.

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