HOUSTON -- Matt Dominguez slugged his first career grand slam while Jordan Lyles continued his exceptional pitching as the Houston Astros beat the Milwaukee Brewers 10-1 Tuesday night at Minute Maid Park.
Dominguez crushed a 1-0 fastball from Tom Gorzelanny out to left field in the bottom of the seventh inning as the Astros (27-45) recorded their fifth victory in six games. Dominguez clubbed the Astros' first grand slam this season and their first since J.D. Martinez hit one against San Francisco Giants left-hander Barry Zito on June 14, 2012 at AT&T Park.
Lyles (4-1) recorded his seventh consecutive start allowing two or fewer runs, limiting the Brewers (28-41) to one run on seven hits with five strikeouts over seven innings. Lyles, who entered play with the third-lowest ERA in the American League since May 17, improved to 3-0 with a 1.61 ERA in that stretch. Houston is 4-3 over those seven games.
With the Brewers on the verge of welcoming back a handful of injured starting pitchers, Milwaukee right-hander Alfredo Figaro had a golden opportunity to cement his slot in the rotation by building upon the seven shutout innings he tossed at the Miami Marlins on June 12.
Instead, Figaro surrendered a run apiece in the second and fourth innings before Astros first baseman Carlos Pena chased him with a three-run home run down the line in right with one out in the fifth.
Figaro had excelled at averting the big blow, surrendering his first two runs on sacrifice hits from Dominguez and Marwin Gonzalez. But he wasn't so elusive after allowing singles to Jason Castro and Chris Carter in advance of Pena, who turned on a 1-0 fastball for a 5-1 lead.
Lyles didn't struggle maintaining the momentum established over his prior six starts, a stretch in which he went 2-0 with a 1.67 ERA that ranked third in the American League.
The Brewers threatened with four hits in the third, including an RBI single from catcher Scooter Gennett that followed a leadoff triple from Juan Francisco. But Lyles retired the final two batters of the frame after loading the bases with one out, and then kept Milwaukee at bay.
NOTES: Brewers LHP Chris Narveson will make his fifth rehab start Wednesday at Triple-A Nashville and, depending on his performance, could be set for a recall soon thereafter. Narveson was placed on the 15-day disabled list on April 8 (retroactive to April 7) with a sprained left middle finger. ... Justin Maxwell made his first start in right field this season, becoming the eighth Houston player to do so. Maxwell made 20 starts in center field before being placed on the 15-day disabled list on April 24 with a fractured left hand. Brandon Barnes has assumed duties in center for Houston.