HOUSTON -- When brothers B.J. and Justin Upton homered in the same game three times in the first month they played together in Atlanta last year it looked as if their concurrent power displays might be a trend for the Braves.
Instead B.J. was soon mired in the worst season of his career and the brothers didn't homer in the same game the rest of the year.
They finally picked up their fourth such game on Tuesday night to tie a major league record and lead the Braves to a 3-2 victory over the Houston Astros.
"Both of those guys are so talented," Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez said. "They can really change the game. They're game-changers and hopefully we'll continue to get more of those."
B.J. Upton's homer was a solo shot off Scott Feldman (3-5) in the third inning that put Atlanta up 2-1. Younger brother Justin connected off Feldman the next inning to push the lead to 3-1.
"Both of those runs were big for us and it ended up being the deciding factor," Justin said. "It's always special when we homer in the same night, but for it to get us the win, too, it was really nice."
Justin said he didn't know about the record until after the game. B.J. knew they were close, but wasn't sure exactly what they needed to tie the mark.
"Anytime you can tie a major league baseball record it's definitely pretty cool," B.J. said. "It's cool to say you did it, and we're not going to try to break it, but hopefully we do."
It was a nice bounce-back game for the brothers, who were coming off a four-game series against Washington in which they went a combined 2 for 27.
"All of us, really," Gonzalez said when asked about the Uptons rebounding from their struggles in the last series. "Throughout the course of the season you're going to need everybody firing on all cylinders and we haven't done that all year, just in spurts. Maybe this will get us going."
Former Astro Chris Johnson had two hits and drove in the first run for the Braves.
Springer put Houston up 1-0 with his two-out homer to center field in the first inning.
The Braves tied it in the second when Jason Heyward tripled and scored on a double by Johnson.
The Astros got a runner to third base with two outs in both the seventh and eighth innings, but stranded them. Springer grounded out the first time and Robbie Grossman struck out in the eighth.
"We had our chances. We just were not able to get the big hit," Houston manager Bo Porter said. "We ran the bases well, we got guys on, but at the end of the day, you have to find a way to drive them in. We were not able to do that (Tuesday), and that was the difference in the ball game."
Feldman allowed four hits and three runs with five strikeouts in six innings for his third straight loss.
Matt Dominguez, rookie Jon Singleton and Grossman continue to struggle at the plate for Houston. Dominguez was 0 for 3 with a walk to extend his slump to 0 for 19, Singleton went 0 for 4 and is 0 for his last 16 and Grossman is 0 for 24 after going 0 for 4 with three strikeouts.
Justin Upton had a nifty defensive play for the second out of the eighth inning. He made a long dash from left field to grab a ball hit by Castro down the line in foul territory before spinning around and throwing the ball in.
Other brothers who have homered in the same game four times are Jeremy and Jason Giambi and Vladimir and Wilton Guerrero. This is the second season the Uptons have played on the same team. ... Gonzalez said that RHP Gavin Floyd, who broke a bone in his throwing elbow on Thursday, will have surgery on Wednesday. Gonzalez said that he isn't sure of the timetable for his return. ... SS Carlos Correa, the No. 1 overall draft pick by Houston in 2012, is expected to be out for an extended time after injuring his right ankle Saturday night playing for Single-A Lancaster. Astros general manager Jeff Luhnow said Correa was in Houston on Tuesday to see a doctor and that he would have more details on his injury on Wednesday.
New York Mets decline options on Wilson Ramos, Robinson Chirinos, Todd Frazier
Mets catchers Wilson Ramos and Robinson Chirinos, and infielder Todd Frazier became free agents after the team declined to pick up team options in their contracts.
Washington Nationals decline 2021 options for Adam Eaton, Anibal Sanchez, Howie Kendrick
Adam Eaton, Anibal Sanchez, Howie Kendrick and Eric Thames are all free agents after the Nationals declined their 2021 options Wednesday.
MLB: Dodgers' Justin Turner disregarded coronavirus protocols
Major League Baseball said that Dodgers infielder Justin Turner flouted coronavirus protocols when he returned to the field after receiving a positive test.
Stephen A. understands Turner celebrating despite positive test
Stephen A. Smith says he would have not left the stadium and would have celebrated with the team with a mask from a distance if he had won his first World Series title like Justin Turner.
Stephen A. sounds off on analytics, 'horrendous decision' to pull Snell
Stephen A. Smith believes Kevin Cash's decision to take Blake Snell out of the game was "inexcusable" and lashes out at analytics for influencing this move.
Who are the early favorites to win the 2021 World Series?
Mark Teixeira and Tim Kurkjian identify the early contenders to win the 2021 World Series.