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Upton brothers both hit HRs, Braves beat Astros

Published on NewsOK Modified: June 24, 2014 at 11:40 pm •  Published: June 24, 2014
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HOUSTON (AP) — When brothers B.J. and Justin Upton homered in the same game three times in the first month they played together in Atlanta last year it looked as if their concurrent power displays might be a trend for the Braves.

Instead B.J. was soon mired in the worst season of his career and the brothers didn't homer in the same game the rest of the year.

They finally picked up their fourth such game on Tuesday night to tie a major league record and lead the Braves to a 3-2 victory over the Houston Astros.

"Both of those guys are so talented," Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez said. "They can really change the game. They're game-changers and hopefully we'll continue to get more of those."

B.J. Upton's homer was a solo shot off Scott Feldman (3-5) in the third inning that put Atlanta up 2-1. Younger brother Justin connected off Feldman the next inning to push the lead to 3-1.

"Both of those runs were big for us and it ended up being the deciding factor," Justin said. "It's always special when we homer in the same night, but for it to get us the win, too, it was really nice."

Justin said he didn't know about the record until after the game. B.J. knew they were close, but wasn't sure exactly what they needed to tie the mark.

"Anytime you can tie a major league baseball record it's definitely pretty cool," B.J. said. "It's cool to say you did it, and we're not going to try to break it, but hopefully we do."

It was a nice bounce-back game for the brothers, who were coming off a four-game series against Washington in which they went a combined 2 for 27.

"All of us, really," Gonzalez said when asked about the Uptons rebounding from their struggles in the last series. "Throughout the course of the season you're going to need everybody firing on all cylinders and we haven't done that all year, just in spurts. Maybe this will get us going."

Aaron Harang (6-6) allowed two runs and six hits in six innings. Craig Kimbrel pitched a scoreless ninth for his 22nd save.

Houston rookie George Springer hit his team-leading 14th home run and Jose Altuve added two hits to give him a major league-best 105.

Former Astro Chris Johnson had two hits and drove in the first run for the Braves.

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