Backe Leads Houston to Win

PItcher hits homer, pitches 5 2/3 solid innings
By Mitch Pritchard,  Newser Staff
Posted May 3, 2008 10:40 PM CDT
Backe Leads Houston to Win
Milwaukee Brewers third baseman Bill Hall, right, jumps to avoid colliding with relief pitcher Mitch Stetter, left, on a Houston Astros' Michael Bourn bunt in the sixth inning.    (AP Photo/Pat Sullivan)

Pitcher Brandon Backe and Michael Bourn hit back-to-back home runs in a five-run fifth inning and the Houston Astros beat the Milwaukee Brewers 6-2 last night. It was the second night in a row the Astros have hit consecutive home runs, after they hit three straight in the series opener. Backe (2-3) pitched 5 2/3 solid innings for his first win since April 12.

The game was tied at 1 before Backe hit the third home run of his career to the third row of the left field Crawford Boxes off Brewers starter Manny Parra. Bourn followed with a homer to right field that made it 3-1. Backe and Bourne came in with five career home runs combined in 316 at-bats. (More MLB stories.)

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