After big game, Maxwell starts against righty

After big game, Maxwell starts against righty

ATLANTA -- Despite right-hander Kris Medlen starting for the Braves on Sunday, center fielder Justin Maxwell was back in the Astros' lineup a day after going 4-for-4 with two home runs.

Maxwell often sits against right-handers, but manager Brad Mills said after Maxwell's offensive display in the Astros 3-2 victory, he deserved another start. Mills also said with Bud Norris, a fly-ball pitcher, starting for the Astros, he wanted to start his best defensive outfield.

Most of Maxwell's starts have come against left-handers, but he said he feels comfortable whether he faces righties or lefties.

"Most of my homers are against righties," Maxwell said. "I don't think it matters."

Eight of his 12 home runs this season have come against right-handers, though he has a better batting average, on-base percentage and slugging percentage against left-handers. Three of Maxwell's hits and both his home runs Saturday were against left-hander Paul Maholm.

Saturday was Maxwell's second career two-home run game. His first was Sept. 12, 2009, when he was a member of the Nationals. Maxwell said he remembered the game well. He hit the home runs off Anibal Sanchez and Matt Lindstrom.

"Of course [I remember]," Maxwell said. "My big league experience has been pretty limited. I remember I had been scuffling and made some adjustments prior."