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ARLINGTON, Texas -- With the innings starting to stack up and a harsh storm approaching, Mitch Moreland took a mighty whack at the first pitch of the bottom of the 11th inning.

Before the ball even landed deep in the upper deck in right field, teammates were climbing over the dugout rails to join Moreland in celebrating the Texas Rangers' 5-4 victory over the Houston Astros on Tuesday night.

The giddiness was justified. Heavy winds blew debris across the field by the time Moreland crossed home plate and before he was even out of the shower, sheets of rain slapped across the field. Had the game not ended when it did, it could've been quite a long night, or a suspended game to be resumed Wednesday.

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The win itself was nice for Texas, as were milestones such as the first game-ending hit of Moreland's blossoming career, and Japanese reliever Yoshinori Tateyama (1-0) earning his first career victory. The Rangers were also glad to find a way to win on a night when ace C.J. Wilson lacked his best stuff, and the offense relied mostly on solo homers.

Moreland's blast was his 10th of the year and his second long homer in as many games. Houston rookie reliever Enerio del Rosario (0-2) took the loss.

"My ultimate goal was to try to get on base and get something started, and I was able to end it all on one swing," said Moreland, who couldn't remember having hit another game-ending homer in pro ball.

Josh Hamilton of Texas tied it at 4 with a homer leading off the eighth, keeping Astros prized prospect Jordan Lyles from getting his first major-league win.

Hamilton went 2 for 5, keeping up his incredible success in interleague play. Over his last 17 games against the National League, not counting the World Series, he is 36 for 75 (.480 average) with six homers and 21 RBI.

Texas also got solo homers from Michael Young and Nelson Cruz. The only manufactured run was when Endy Chavez tripled home Taylor Teagarden in the seventh inning.

The Astros, still without leading slugger Hunter Pence (elbow), lost their third straight game. Houston has dropped six of eight, 10 of 13 and 14 of 18.

The top of Houston's lineup did all it could to pull this one out, as Jason Bourgeois, Michael Bourn and Jeff Keppinger combined for nine of the club's 12 hits. Each had three, with Bourn and Keppinger both driving in two runs.

"There were a lot of good things to come out of it, but you saw how it ended," Astros manager Brad Mills said.

Lyles, who at 20 is the youngest player in the majors, allowed three runs and seven hits and struck out six in seven innings. He fanned the last batter he faced, with runners on the corners, to protect a 4-3 lead.

"In my other starts they put up some runs early," Lyles said. "I didn't want to go out there and feel my way through it. I wanted to carry it from the bullpen and attack from strike one on."

Sergio Escalona -- likely in to face only Hamilton -- gave up the tying homer on his fourth pitch as Hamilton swatted it an estimated 401 feet into the seats in right.

Escalona hadn't allowed a run in 13 games, spanning 7 2/3 innings, and had never given up a homer in 35 previous career appearances. Lefties were batting only .162 against him over his career. It was Houston's 15th blown save, most in the majors.

Wilson allowed a season-high 11 hits and four runs in 6 2/3 innings. He struck out four.

"He was fighting the whole time he was out there," manager Ron Washington said.

Tateyama pitched one scoreless inning, walking one. It was his first career walk, coming on the 58th batter he faced in the majors.

Del Rosario gave up one run and two hits over 2 1/3 innings, with three strikeouts.

Notes

This was the longest game between these teams since the inaugural meeting, June 7, 2001, which was won by Houston in 11 innings. ... Houston has lost five of six to Texas, dating to last year. ... At the end of the sixth inning, all 33,533 fans were asked to put on the sunglasses they were given upon entering as part of a promotion seeking to set a world record for most people wearing sunglasses in the dark. A big cheer went up when team president Nolan Ryan and former President George W. Bush were shown wearing their shades. An authenticator from the Guinness Book of World Records was on hand to verify the feat. ... Keppinger has a nine-game hitting streak. ... Texas signed RHP Kyle Castro, its third-round draft pick. The Rangers have signed their top four selections. ... Rangers 3B Adrian Beltre not only missed a hard-hit grounder by Chris Johnson in the second inning, he jerked his glove hand up so violently that he lost his balance and landed on his back. It was ruled a single. Two batters later, Beltre made up for it with a tough stop to start an inning-ending double play.

 
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Mitch Moreland is mobbed by teammates as his upper-deck home run seals the Rangers' victory over Houston. (AP)
Mitch Moreland is mobbed by teammates as his upper-deck home run seals the Rangers' victory over Houston. (AP)

Players of the Game
Texas

M. Young
AB 5
R 1
H 3
HR 1
RBI 1
Houston

M. Bourn
AB 5
R 2
H 3
HR 0
RBI 2
 

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Houston Astros
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Jason Bourgeois, RF5130000 .359
Michael Bourn, CF5232000 .285
Jeff Keppinger, 2B5032003 .326
Carlos Lee, DH5010002 .265
Jason Michaels, LF5000012 .194
Chris Johnson, 3B4010100 .242
Brett Wallace, 1B5000022 .296
Clint Barmes, SS5110002 .219
Carlos Corporan, C4000031 .133
Totals43412416  
Batting
2B - Jason Bourgeois (5, Wilson), Michael Bourn 2 (19, Wilson, Wilson)
RBI - Michael Bourn 2 (25), Jeff Keppinger 2 (11)
2-OUT RBI - Michael Bourn (13)
SB - Michael Bourn 2 (32, 3rd base off Wilson/Teagarden, 2nd base off Lowe/Teagarden)
CS - Jason Bourgeois (3, 2nd base by Wilson/Teagarden), Jeff Keppinger (1, 2nd base by Wilson/Teagarden)
Team LOB - 7
Fielding
DP - Keppinger-Wallace
Houston Astros
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Jordan Lyles 7733262 4.20
Sergio Escalona (BS,1)0111001 2.31
Fernando Rodriguez 0.1100000 3.29
Fernando Abad 0.1000000 6.32
Enerio Del Rosario (L,0-2) 2.1211031 4.59
HBP - Cruz (by Fernando Rodriguez)
Pitches-Strikes - Jordan Lyles 100-62, Sergio Escalona 4-2, Fernando Rodriguez 6-3, Fernando Abad 4-2, Enerio Del Rosario 28-21
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jordan Lyles 9-5, Enerio Del Rosario 1-3
Batters Faced - Jordan Lyles 29, Sergio Escalona 1, Fernando Rodriguez 3, Fernando Abad 1, Enerio Del Rosario 9
Texas Rangers
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Ian Kinsler, 2B3010210 .236
Elvis Andrus, SS5000034 .274
Josh Hamilton, LF5121001 .295
Adrian Beltre, 3B5000001 .262
Michael Young, DH5131010 .312
Nelson Cruz, RF4111021 .236
Mitch Moreland, 1B5111012 .294
Taylor Teagarden, C3120010 .176
   a- Yorvit Torrealba, PH-C1000002 .257
Endy Chavez, CF4011001 .333
Totals40511529  
a-lined out for Teagarden in the 8th
Batting
3B - Endy Chavez (2, Lyles)
HR - Josh Hamilton (6, Escalona), Michael Young (4, Lyles), Nelson Cruz (16, Lyles), Mitch Moreland (10, Del Rosario)
RBI - Josh Hamilton (32), Michael Young (46), Nelson Cruz (39), Mitch Moreland (22), Endy Chavez (7)
2-OUT RBI - Nelson Cruz (10), Endy Chavez (4)
Team LOB - 8
Fielding
DP - Beltre-Kinsler-Moreland, Beltre-Kinsler-Moreland
E - Elvis Andrus (14, ), Ian Kinsler (7, Misplayed grounder)
Texas Rangers
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
C.J. Wilson 6.21144040 3.17
Mark Lowe 1.1000000 4.29
Neftali Feliz 2100020 1.98
Yoshinori Tateyama (W,1-0) 1000100 3.52
Pitches-Strikes - C.J. Wilson 107-69, Mark Lowe 12-6, Neftali Feliz 35-23, Yoshinori Tateyama 19-12
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - C.J. Wilson 8-6, Mark Lowe 2-2, Neftali Feliz 1-3
Batters Faced - C.J. Wilson 29, Mark Lowe 4, Neftali Feliz 7, Yoshinori Tateyama 4
Game Information
Attendance - 33533
Game Time - 3:15
Temperature - 95
Umpires - Home - Mark Ripperger, First Base - Tim Timmons, Second Base - Jeff Kellogg, Third Base - Eric Cooper