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PHOENIX (AP) -- Justin Upton hit his 99th career home run and the Arizona Diamondbacks opened a 10-game homestand Friday night with a 13-8 victory over the reeling Houston Astros.
Upton also drew a bases-loaded walk from Bud Norris for a third RBI. Stephen Drew, on the 1-year anniversary of his devastating ankle injury, drove in three runs with a double and single to help send the Astros to their fourth loss in a row and 17th in 19 games.
Trevor Cahill (8-8) gave up four runs, three earned, in 5 1-3 innings to get the win. Norris (5-8) allowed nine runs on six hits and five walks in 4 1-3 innings for his seventh straight loss.
Upton's two-run, opposite-field shot on Norris' 0-2 pitch broke a 2-2 tie in the third inning.
Cahill scattered nine hits while improving to 4-1 in his last six home starts. He also had an RBI single in the Diamondbacks' five-run fifth. All five of the batters Norris walked scored.
Arizona's Aaron Hill was 3 for 4 with a double and a walk and scored twice, extending his hitting streak to 11 games. Miguel Montero's bases-loaded single brought in two runs.
The Astros' Carlos Corporan hit his first major league home run. He also had an RBI double. Scott Moore hit a three-run homer off Arizona's Bryan Shaw with two outs in the ninth.
Jordan Schafer opened the game with a bloop double, then scored on Marwin Gonzalez's single. Gonzalez took third on Matt Downs' bunt single and scored when J.D. Martinez grounded into a double play to give Houston a 2-0 lead.
Arizona cut it to 2-1 in the first when Gerardo Parra drew a leadoff walk and scored on Drew's double.
Drew walked with one out in the third, advanced to third on Hill's single, and scored when Jason Kubel grounded out, tying the game at 2-2. Upton, 8 for 20 in his last five games, followed with his eighth homer of the season to put Arizona ahead for good.
Parra doubled to start the Diamondbacks' big fifth inning. With one out, Norris walked three consecutive batters to bring in Arizona's fifth run. Montero's two-run single off the glove of the charging Schafer in center brought in two more, then RBI singles by Paul Goldschmidt and Cahill made it 9-2.
The Diamondbacks gave up two in the sixth, one on Corporan's double.
Drew singled in a pair in Arizona's four-run seventh.
NOTES: LHP Dallas Keuchel has been called up from Triple-A Oklahoma City and will start for Houston on Saturday night in place of J.A. Happ, who was part of Friday's 10-player trade with Toronto. A roster move will be made Saturday to make room for Keuchel. LHP Wade Miley (10-5, 3.13 ERA) goes for Arizona. ... Norris' last five starts have been on the road. ... Arizona 3B Ryan Wheeler was 1 for 4 and committed an error in his major league debut. ... Montero twice threw out Schafer trying to steal second. ... On July 20 of last year, Drew broke his ankle and ripped the surrounding ligaments while sliding into home against Milwaukee. He returned to the Diamondbacks just last month.
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