Homers lead Astros to 8-3 win over Dbacks

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PHOENIX (AP) -- Another tough loss for the Arizona Diamondbacks.

Hunter Pence ended a slump with a homer and Lance Berkman also homered to help the Houston Astros beat the D-backs 8-3 yesterday.

Brian Moehler (3-4) scattered six hits over six innings for the Astros, who won for the fourth time in five games.

The right-hander allowed three runs, struck out two and walked two for his third win in four starts.

Stephen Drew and Mark Reynolds homered for the Diamondbacks, who have lost five of seven.

Arizona is 0-5-1 in six homestands under A.J. Hinch, who took over for the fired Bob Melvin on May 8.

The Astros wasted little time against Diamondbacks starter Billy Buckner (2-3).

Pence was hitless in his last 12 at-bats before homering.

Buckner struck out Pence before Berkman homered onto the porch overhanging center field to make it 3-0.

Drew's two-out, two-run homer in the bottom of the first cut the lead to 3-2 but Pence hit a two-out home run in the third to extend Houston's lead to 4-2.

Reynolds led off the fourth with his 17th home run to pull the Diamondbacks within 4-3.

But Buckner loaded the bases to start the sixth and the Astros scored twice on a sacrifice fly by Ivan Rodriguez and a slow single up the middle from Jason Michaels to open a 6-3 lead.