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Rough 1st 2 innings doom D-Backs in 4-3 loss

Published on NewsOK Modified: June 10, 2014 at 1:15 am •  Published: June 10, 2014

PHOENIX (AP) — Josh Collmenter got off to a rough start, and the Arizona Diamondbacks couldn't quite overcome it.

The Houston Astros scored all their runs in the first two innings in a 4-3 victory over the Diamondbacks on Monday night.

"I wasn't very good the first few innings," Collmenter said. "I didn't settle down for a while. I couldn't find a rhythm."

The Astros' victory featured an unusual move by manager Bo Porter.

With his bullpen worn down, Porter took Tony Sipp off the mound and sent him to right field while right-hander Jerome Williams faced Paul Goldschmidt. Goldschmidt walked, then Sipp went back to pitching, striking out left-handed hitting Miguel Montero.

Porter had told Sipp to be ready for the switch.

"I didn't think it actually was going to happen," Sipp said. "He gave me a warning but I'm like 'All right, OK, Bo.'"

Sipp, a former Diamondback, hadn't played in the outfield since his days at Clemson.

"I think I had more focus in right field than I did on the mound," he said.

Sipp left for good and Kyle Farnsworth fanned Martin Prado to end the inning.

"It was a good play unless Goldy hit one to him," Arizona manager Kirk Gibson said. "I have seen it done before. I think I saw Lou Piniella do it in the playoffs once before. It is certainly in the rules. He's going to manage his team the way he wants to manage it. It worked out for him."

Jose Altuve had three hits, including an RBI double, and Jarred Cosart pitched six solid innings for the Astros.

Cosart (5-5) allowed three runs and five hits with two walks. The 23-year-old right-hander struck out eight, matching his career high set in his previous start against the Los Angeles Angels. He retired the first 10 batters, five by strikeout.

Goldschmidt doubled in a run for the Diamondbacks, who had won five of six going into the game.

Chad Qualls pitched a scoreless ninth for his eighth save in nine opportunities and seventh straight since May 11.

The Astros have won four of five and 12 of their last 16.

Altuve singled and scored in the first, doubled in a run in the second and singled in the fourth. Dexter Fowler had three hits, including a double, and scored twice.

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