HOUSTON – Jason Heyward’s third-inning home run Monday –- on his 21st birthday — against Houston snapped a streak of 115 homerless at-bats over 31 games for the Braves’ rookie.
Before the solo shot off Astros right-hander Bud Norris, Heyward’s last homer was June 17 against Tampa Bay’s James Shields.
Heyward was slowed for six weeks by a thumb injury that eventually landed him on the disabled list and kept him out of the All-Star game (he had been voted to start for the National League).
In his first 45 major-league games through May 29, a healthy Heyward hit .298 with 10 homers and ranked among NL leaders with a .422 on-base percentage and .589 slugging percentage.
Before Tuesday, in 49 games since May 30 he had hit one homer and posted , .336 OBP and .326 slugging percentage, although Heyward has been more productive since returning from the DL.