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ARLINGTON, Texas -- Ivan Rodriguez was praised by fans and teammates Wednesday night for becoming the all-time leader in games caught.
However, a lackluster defense left the Houston Astros in no mood to celebrate.
"We kicked the ball around. We threw it around. That's unacceptable," Astros manager Cecil Cooper said. "I don't care how long you've been playing. We shouldn't be playing like that. We're a much better team.
Rodriguez, who began his career at age 19 in 1991 and played 12 seasons in Texas, caught his 2,227th game to break Carlton Fisk's record.
"I'm tickled for Pudge," Cooper said. "It's great he was able to break the record. But it's unfortunate that it didn't happen on a good night for us."
Rodriguez received numerous ovations from the Rangers crowd, but also had his first two-error game since Aug. 26, 2004, and sixth in his career. Both of his miscues led to runs.
The veteran catcher downplayed his team's problems in the field.
"It happens," Rodriguez said. "We tried to do our best. I got a hit, I wasn't 0-fer. So it's not a bad game the way you're saying. I did my job."
Murphy, who is from a suburb of Houston, was mobbed at first base by teammates as the Rangers improved to 5-0 against their in-state rival.
C.J. Wilson (4-3) pitched two scoreless innings for the Rangers.
"A walk-off win is the best moment in baseball," Murphy said. "It's a great victory for the entire team."
Rodriguez's errant throw in the first trying to nail Kinsler stealing third sailed 15 feet over Keppinger's head.
Omar Vizquel tied Luis Aparicio's for most hits by a player from Venezuela with his 2,677th, a one-out single in the fifth. He then stole second and advanced to third on Rodriguez's second error, and scored on Kinsler's sacrifice fly that gave the Rangers a 4-3 lead.
Matt Harrison, activated from the disabled list before the game, gave up three runs and six hits in five innings for Texas.
Jarrod Saltalamacchia and Cruz homered for the Rangers, who lead the AL West by two games over the Los Angeles Angels.
"This gives us momentum going into the next game," Murphy said.
Astros starter Russ Ortiz allowed four runs and seven hits in his longest outing of the season.
The Rangers recognized Rodriguez's accomplishments with a video tribute that started by showing Fisk, Bob Boone and Gary Carter, the only catchers other than Rodriguez to catch more than 2,000 games. Then it showed Rodriguez as a youngster with Ryan, throwing out at a runner and his introduction during the 1995 All-Star Game at Rangers Ballpark.
"The video tribute was unbelievable," Rodriguez said. "That's what makes it so special for me, to do it in the place where I started and where I played so many years."
|A happy Marlon Byrd waits for Ian Kinsler -- the winning run -- to cross home plate in the 10th inning. (AP)|
|Players of the Game|
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|Michael Bourn, CF||4||1||1||0||1||1||3||.293|
|Jeff Keppinger, 3B||5||0||2||0||0||1||2||.263|
|Miguel Tejada, SS||4||0||0||1||1||0||3||.342|
|Carlos Lee, DH||4||1||2||1||1||1||0||.312|
|Lance Berkman, 1B||5||0||0||0||0||1||3||.248|
|Hunter Pence, RF||5||2||4||1||0||1||0||.328|
|Ivan Rodriguez, C||5||0||1||0||0||1||2||.246|
|Kazuo Matsui, 2B||3||0||2||1||0||0||0||.224|
|Jason Michaels, LF||4||0||1||0||0||1||4||.193|
|2B - Hunter Pence 2 (11, Harrison, Wilson), Kazuo Matsui (7, Harrison)|
|HR - Carlos Lee (12, Harrison), Hunter Pence (9, Guardado)|
|SH - Kazuo Matsui (4)|
|RBI - Miguel Tejada (37), Carlos Lee (41), Hunter Pence (27), Kazuo Matsui (13)|
|2-OUT RBI - Kazuo Matsui (6)|
|SB - Michael Bourn (23, 2nd base off Harrison/Saltalamacchia)|
|CS - Michael Bourn (6, 2nd base by Wilson/Saltalamacchia)|
|Team LOB - 9|
|DP - Keppinger-Matsui-Berkman|
|E - Jeff Keppinger (2, Misplayed grounder), Ivan Rodriguez 2 (2, Throwing)|
|Jeff Fulchino (L,2-2)||0.1||2||1||0||1||0||0||2.54|
|IBB - Blalock by Jeff Fulchino|
|Pitches-Strikes - Russ Ortiz 81-54, Chris Sampson 10-6, LaTroy Hawkins 14-10, Jose Valverde 13-10, Jeff Fulchino 16-8|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Russ Ortiz 6-6, LaTroy Hawkins 1-1, Jeff Fulchino 1-1|
|Batters Faced - Russ Ortiz 25, Chris Sampson 3, LaTroy Hawkins 4, Jose Valverde 4, Jeff Fulchino 5|
|Ian Kinsler, 2B||4||2||2||1||0||0||0||.271|
|Michael Young, 3B||5||0||2||0||0||0||1||.320|
|Hank Blalock, DH||4||0||1||0||1||2||1||.251|
|Nelson Cruz, RF||5||1||2||1||0||0||4||.278|
|David Murphy, LF||5||0||1||1||0||2||3||.257|
|Marlon Byrd, CF||3||0||1||0||1||0||0||.293|
|Chris Davis, 1B||4||0||0||0||0||1||4||.200|
|Jarrod Saltalamacchia, C||4||1||1||1||0||3||1||.247|
|Omar Vizquel, SS||3||1||1||0||0||0||0||.323|
|a- Andruw Jones, PH||1||0||0||0||0||1||1||.246|
|Elvis Andrus, SS||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.256|
|a-struck out for Vizquel in the 9th|
|2B - Ian Kinsler (14, Ortiz), Marlon Byrd (20, Valverde)|
|HR - Nelson Cruz (18, Ortiz), Jarrod Saltalamacchia (6, Ortiz)|
|SF - Ian Kinsler (3)|
|RBI - Ian Kinsler (47), Nelson Cruz (44), David Murphy (14), Jarrod Saltalamacchia (25)|
|SB - Ian Kinsler 2 (13, off Ortiz/Rodriguez, 2nd base off Fulchino/Rodriguez), Omar Vizquel (4, 3rd base off Ortiz/Rodriguez)|
|Team LOB - 8|
|DP - Harrison-Vizquel-Davis, Young-Kinsler-Davis|
|Jason Grilli (H,4)||1||2||0||0||0||2||0||5.79|
|Darren O'Day (H,7)||1||1||0||0||0||1||0||0.78|
|Eddie Guardado (BS,1)||1||1||1||1||0||0||1||6.00|
|C.J. Wilson (W,4-3)||2||3||0||0||0||1||0||2.89|
|Pitches-Strikes - Matt Harrison 86-49, Jason Grilli 20-14, Darren O'Day 21-15, Eddie Guardado 23-16, C.J. Wilson 29-18|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Matt Harrison 7-4, Jason Grilli 1-0, Darren O'Day 1-0, Eddie Guardado 3-0, C.J. Wilson 3-1|
|Batters Faced - Matt Harrison 23, Jason Grilli 5, Darren O'Day 3, Eddie Guardado 4, C.J. Wilson 8|
|Attendance - 32425|
|Game Time - 3:06|
|Temperature - 94|
|Umpires - Home - Mark Carlson, First Base - Tim Tschida, Second Base - Bob Davidson, Third Base - Jeff Nelson|