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Jake Meyers thought he had first career triple at the major-league level.

Instead, it was his first big-league blast.

The former Husker and Omaha Westside graduate blasted a solo shot early in Houston's game against the Los Angeles Angels on Saturday night in Anaheim — though there was much more to come.

Meyers lifted an 0-1 pitch to right-center field in the third inning, and the ball clearly went over the yellow line, bounced off a ribbon board and back into the field of play. Meyers hustled to third base and stopped.

The umpires gathered and quickly ruled it a home run, and Meyers, wearing a smile, trotted home for his first career homer with the Astros. He was still all smiles when he got back to the Houston dugout.

“I was just excited when I got to third base and (coach) Omar (Lopez) was telling me, ‘That’s a homer, that’s a home run,’” Meyers said. “I just put my head down and started to run, and that’s when I saw it bounce off the wall.

"I was happy when I heard that, and happy I got to touch home. And then the grand slam on top of it, was just really cool.”

In the eighth inning, Meyers was at it again, smacking a grand slam to right field to put Houston up 8-2.

Meyers became the first Astros player since Lance Berkman in 1999 to hit his first two career homers in the same game.

"Incredible moment," Meyers said afterward. "I just had a lot of fun playing with the guys today. It was a great time and I'm gland we won."

After a torrid run in Triple-A, the Astros called up Meyers on July 30. He made his first career start in the outfield against the Colorado Rockies last week.

Meyers hit .343 with 17 doubles, 16 homers and 51 RBIs with Triple-A Sugar Land before getting the call.

“I’ve been following him in Triple-A from the first day I saw him,” Houston manager Dusty Baker said. “I liked his approach and it’s just a matter of time before he was going to figure it out.

"He listens and he learns rather quickly. His future is bright, and we’ll take anything that he can give us.”

Reach Clark Grell at 402-473-2639 or cgrell@journalstar.com. On Twitter at @LJSSportsGrell.