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Maxwell, Harrell help Astros take rare victory

Published: Tuesday, Aug. 4 2015 4:42 a.m. MDT

Atlanta Braves shortstop Paul Janish (4) prepares to tag out Houston Astros' Jose Altuve (27) on a steal-attempt in the third inning of a baseball game in Atlanta, Saturday, Aug. 4, 2012.  (John Bazemore, Associated Press) Atlanta Braves shortstop Paul Janish (4) prepares to tag out Houston Astros' Jose Altuve (27) on a steal-attempt in the third inning of a baseball game in Atlanta, Saturday, Aug. 4, 2012. (John Bazemore, Associated Press)

ATLANTA — Justin Maxwell had a career-high four hits, including two homers, rookie Lucas Harrell won his first career start at Turner Field, and the Houston Astros snapped a four-game losing streak with a 3-2 victory over the Atlanta Braves on Saturday night.

The Astros won for just the fourth time in 33 games, improving to 11-45 on the road — the worst mark in the majors.

Paul Maholm (9-7) lost his Atlanta debut, three hits, six hits, and two walks. He struck out eight in seven innings.

The Braves had won two straight and nine of 10.

Harrell (9-7) allowed two runs and four hits with five walks and five strikeouts in six innings. Since losing at Texas on May 16, the right-hander is 3-2 with a 2.26 ERA.

Atlanta Braves starting pitcher Paul Maholm (17) works in the first inning of a baseball game against the Houston Astros in Atlanta, Saturday, Aug. 4, 2012.  (John Bazemore, Associated Press) Atlanta Braves starting pitcher Paul Maholm (17) works in the first inning of a baseball game against the Houston Astros in Atlanta, Saturday, Aug. 4, 2012. (John Bazemore, Associated Press)

Wilton Lopez got two outs to earn his second career save, and first since 2010. He had converted one of his previous 11 save opportunities.

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