Diamondbacks drub Astros 14-7

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PHOENIX (AP) -- John Hester hit a towering homer in his first major league at-bat, and the Arizona Diamondbacks scored seven runs in the third inning on their way to a 14-7 rout of the Houston Astros on Friday night.

Alex Romero and Miguel Montero homered for Arizona, which won for the third time in 12 games.

Pinch-hitting in the sixth, the 25-year-old Hester hit a 2-2 delivery from Wilton Lopez, also making his first appearance in the majors, an estimated 420 feet off the batter's eye in center field.

Hester became the 101st player to homer in his first major league at-bat -- and the second Diamondback to do it this season. Gerardo Parra homered in his first game on May 13 against Cincinnati.

Jeff Keppinger and Hunter Pence homered for the Astros.

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