Astros avoid sweep with 6-1 win over Braves

HOUSTON -- Matt Dominguez broke out of a slump with a three-run home run and rookie George Springer also homered to back up seven strong innings by Jarred Cosart in the Houston Astros' 6-1 victory over the Atlanta Braves on Thursday.

Dominguez help the Astros avoid a series sweep, snapping an 0-for-23 skid with his two-out shot to left-center field off Mike Minor (2-5) that made it 5-1 in the fifth inning.

Cosart (8-5) allowed six hits and a run for his fourth straight victory.

Springer's solo homer off Juan Jaime in the seventh to pushed the lead to 6-1. He has 15 homers this season, the most by a rookie in franchise history before the All-Star Break. Lance Berkman had the previous mark with 12 in 2000.


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