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Astros nab rare series victory

HOUSTON (AP) ― Chris Johnson’s recent adjustments at the plate are paying off for the Houston Astros.

Johnson homered and drove in three runs and J.D. Martinez hit a two-run homer to lead the Astros to a 7-1 win over the Cleveland Indians on Sunday.

The victory gave Houston a series win for the first time since taking two of three from the White Sox June 8-10.
Detroit Tigers right fielder Ryan Raburn leaps to make a catch against the Pittsburgh Pirates on Sunday. (AP-Yonhap News)
Detroit Tigers right fielder Ryan Raburn leaps to make a catch against the Pittsburgh Pirates on Sunday. (AP-Yonhap News)

Johnson has heated up lately with 10 hits in the last five games after getting just one in the previous five. He’s had five RBIs in the last two games after not driving in a run in the previous 11 games.

He and Houston manager Brad Mills attributed his success to some tweaks Johnson made after talking with hitting coach Mike Barnett.

“We talked about being short to the ball and trying to keep my swing from getting long and trying to stay away from being pull-happy,” Johnson said. “So those things, staying in the middle of the field, being short, have helped me out a lot.”

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Miami 9, Toronto 0

Baltimore 2, Washington 1

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Detroit 3, Pittsburgh 2

Chicago White Sox 1, Milwaukee 0

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Oakland 4, San Francisco 2

San Diego 2, Seattle 0

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