BALTIMORE (AP) — Caleb Joseph and Steve Pearce hit two-run homers off Dallas Keuchel, and the Baltimore Orioles dealt the left-hander his first loss in a 4-3 victory over the Houston Astros on Monday.

Keuchel (6-1) came in with a 1.67 ERA and had won three straight starts. He allowed just one home run in nine appearances this season before Joseph connected in the second inning and Pearce went deep in the seventh.

Keuchel gave up six hits, struck out three and walked one over eight innings in his first complete game of 2015 and seventh of his career.

George Springer had a season-high three hits and a homer for the Astros, who stranded seven and went 1 for 11 with runners in scoring position.

Baltimore, in contrast, left no one on base and did not bat once with a runner in scoring position.

Brad Brach (2-0) pitched two scoreless innings of relief and Oliver Drake worked a perfect eighth before Zach Britton got three straight outs for his 11th save.

Keuchel retired 11 straight batters until the seventh, when Delmon Young singled with one out and Pearce drove the next pitch over the wall in right-center to erase a 3-2 deficit.

Orioles starter Wei-Yin Chen allowed three runs and 11 hits in five innings. Only once before had the left-hander surrendered more hits in a game, but he kept the damage to a minimum by repeatedly working out of jams.

The Astros squandered several scoring opportunities until the fifth inning, when Chris Carter hit a two-out, opposite-field bloop single to right field that brought in two runs for a 3-2 lead.

Houston got singles from the first two batters in both the first and second innings but could not score.

Baltimore went up 2-0 in the second when Young singled and Joseph hit a drive that barely cleared the left-field wall, only the second homer allowed by Keuchel in 66 innings.

Springer led off the third with his seventh home run, the first in 33 at-bats.

Before the game, Major League Baseball announced that Orioles left-handed reliever Brian Matusz had been suspended eight games for using a foreign substance in Saturday night’s game against Miami. Matusz appealed the punishment and will be allowed to play until the hearing.

TRAINER’S ROOM

Astros: LHP Brett Oberholtzer (blister on left index finger) will begin a rehabilitation assignment in the next four or five days, manager A.J. Hinch said. … RHP Sam Deduno (lower back strain) will throw in the bullpen on Tuesday and could start a rehab assignment later in the week.

Orioles: SS J.J. Hardy left with back tightness. … C Matt Wieters (elbow) will begin his rehab assignment by catching top prospect Dylan Bundy at Double-A Bowie on Tuesday. … RHP Bud Norris (bronchitis) won’t pitch in Thursday’s DH against Chicago and will instead extend his rehab assignment with Bowie on Wednesday, manager Buck Showalter said.

ON DECK

Astros: Former Oriole Scott Feldman (3-4) makes his 10th start of the season Tuesday night. He went 5-6 with Baltimore in 2013.

Orioles: Chris Tillman (2-6, 6.10 ERA) seeks his first win in six starts since April 18.

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