Originally posted on Fox Sports Arizona  |  Last updated 8/19/12
HOUSTON (AP) -- The Houston Astros lost in their first game under interim manager Tony DeFrancesco as Aaron Hill homered twice to give the Arizona Diamondbacks an 8-1 win Sunday and a sweep. DeFrancesco was the manager at Triple-A Oklahoma City before being promoted. The Astros, with the worst record in the majors, fired Brad Mills late Saturday night. Houston general manager Jeff Luhnow said he made the move to "bring in a new environment" to the National League's youngest team. But on Sunday, things didn't seem much different as the Astros dropped their fourth straight and fell to 7-33 in their last 40 games. Arizona won its ninth in a row against the Astros. Hill, who connected for a three-run homer on Saturday night, kept going deep. He led off a five-run fourth with a shot off Armando Galarraga (0-4) and added another solo homer in the eighth. Hill also doubled. Chris Young hit an RBI single, Ryan Wheeler drew a bases-loaded walk, Ian Kennedy hit a sacrifice fly and Gerardo Parra doubled home a run in the fourth to chase Galarraga. Galarraga remains winless in five starts for the Astros after being tagged for six hits and five runs in 3 2-3 innings. Kennedy (11-10) yielded five hits and one run with seven strikeouts in six innings for his first win since Aug. 3. NOTES: Jason Kubel returned to the Arizona lineup after missing the previous two games with a sore neck. He went 1 for 5. ... Houston opens a series at St. Louis on Monday and the Diamondbacks host Miami. ... Houston hitting coach Mike Barnett and first base coach Bobby Meacham were let go along with Mills on Saturday night. Dan Radison took over in the interim as first base coach and Ty Van Burkleo is the hitting coach.
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