MLB: Arizona 11, Houston 3

HOUSTON, May 28 (UPI) -- Zach Duke tossed seven shutout innings and homered in his first start of the year Saturday, powering the Arizona Diamondbacks over Houston 11-3.

Duke (1-0) broke his left (pitching) hand in spring training when he was hit by a line drive, missing Arizona's first 51 games. But he showed few ill effects of that injury in his first start as a Diamondback, either on the mound or at the plate.


The veteran scattered three hits, issued one walk and struck out four over seven frames. He also socked a three-run homer in the fourth inning, putting the D-backs ahead 6-0.

Gerardo Parra also hit a three-run shot, Stephen Drew went 4-for-5 with an RBI, and Miguel Montero added three hits and two runs batted in for Arizona, which won its fifth straight game and 11th in 12 contests.

Houston starter Bud Norris (2-4) was touched for six runs (two earned) on seven hits over five innings.

Carlos Lee collected a pair of hits and an RBI for the Astros.

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