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Towles Finally Breaks 0-32 Hitting Slump

By ROBERT HENSLEE
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J.R. Towles went three weeks without getting a hit.  He broke out of his 0-32 slump in a big way, rapping out three hits, including a walkoff RBI single to beat the Dodgers 2-1. 

Towles’ line drive to centerfield with two outs in the ninth scored pinch runner Brian Bogusevic from second base as Matt Kemp’s throw sailed wide of the plate, allowing the Astros to take the series from the Dodgers.  His teammates rushed from the dugout to mob him between first and secondbase after Bogusevic slid in with the winning run.

That gives the Astros their second series victory in a row, the first time they’ve won back-to-back series this season.

Mark Melancon picked up the win in relief after pitching a scoreless ninth inning, improving his record to 4-1.  Matt Guerrier took the loss for the Dodgers, leaving him with a 2-3 record.

Aneury Rodriguez started the game and had his best outing since his first start of the season on May 4.  Rodriguez pitched a career-high six innings, giving up just one run, Matt Kemp’s 12th homerun of the season.

Michael Bourn led off the game with a homerun on the first pitch from Dodgers starter Ted Lilly.  It was Bourn’s first homerun of the year and the Astros first leadoff homer since Sept. 23, 2008, when Kaz Matsui went deep against the Cincinnati Reds.

The Astros continue their six game homestand Friday as the Arizona Diamondbacks come to town.  They should have Jeff Keppinger back for the series opener.  Keppinger has been out since having foot surgery in January.

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