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Astros Vs. Braves: Houston Wins Third Straight Game

With Monday's 8-3 win over the Atlanta Braves, the Houston Astros are two games above .500 for the first time since July 28, 2009.

J.A. Happ gave up three earned runs over six innings, picking up the win. At the plate, shortstop Marwin Gonzalez went 3-for-4 with three runs scored and Travis Buck went 1-for-5 with two RBIs and a run scored. Out of the bullpen, Wesley Wright, Fernando Rodriguez and David Carpenter combined to give up one hit over three innings to secure the win.

The Braves held a 3-0 lead before Buck hit a two-out double to score two runs in the bottom of the third. Carlos Lee then singled to score Buck and tie the game. The next inning, the pitcher Happ singled in a run to give the Astros the lead, which they would not give up. Houston scored three more runs in the bottom of the sixth to break the game open.

Last season, the Astros' longest winning-streak was four games, which they accomplished three times. Houston will look to match that five games into the 2012 season on Tuesday.

For more on this game, Astros fans can check out The Crawfish Boxes and Braves fans can visit Talking Chop. For more MLB news and notes head over to Baseball Nation.

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