Texas at Houston

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Texas (66-50) «0002001429120
Houston (37-77)010210001590

Rangers 9, Astros 5

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HOUSTON -- The Texas Rangers got hits from seven of their nine starters on Friday night, to the delight of manager Ron Washington.

"That's when we're at our best, when we get hits from everybody," Washington said.

Leonys Martin hit a two-run double in a four-run eighth inning, and the Rangers used the balanced attack to rally and tie a season high with their fifth straight victory, 9-5 over the Houston Astros.

Houston led by one entering the eighth before Adrian Beltre tied it with an RBI single off Josh Zeid (0-1). Wesley Wright's two-out, bases-loaded walk of Jurickson Profar put the Rangers on top. Martin then belted a line drive to right field to score two and make it 7-4.

"Since we're playing so aggressively, that lead that they had didn't mean a lot to us," Martin said. "I think we're playing good baseball right now."

The Rangers have rebounded from a stretch where they lost 12 of 15 games to win 10 of their last 11 and move into a tie with Oakland for first place in the AL West.

Matt Garza (2-1) yielded seven hits and four runs with eight strikeouts in seven innings.

"Great team win," Garza said. "I stayed long enough in there to let the boys come back and pick it up. Sometimes you give up four and you get a win."

The Astros used five pitchers in the eighth inning alone, but it didn't help relieve their bullpen woes. Houston's relievers have given up the lead six times in the last 13 games and have blown six saves in that span.

"I personally feel sorry for our starters, but they are not going to show it because they are good teammates," manager Bo Porter said.

Jason Castro doubled and homered, and Brandon Barnes added a home run for the Astros, who lost for the seventh time in eight games.

Houston loaded the bases in the eighth inning, but came away empty-handed when Neal Cotts struck out pinch-hitter Marc Krauss to end the inning. He earned his first save.

Joey Butler had his first career hits on a pair of doubles for Texas in his first major league start.

"I'm real happy," Washington said in summing up the night. "The key is what's happening up and down the lineup. Tonight it was a big walk by Joey Butler, another big walk by Profar; it was a battle by Martin against a lefty to deliver."

Butler's second double came with one out in the seventh inning. Profar's RBI single got Texas within 4-3 before Houston starter Erik Bedard ended his night by striking out Martin.

Ian Kinsler walked to start the eighth and stole second base. The Rangers tied it at 4-all with Beltre's RBI single to shallow center field which chased Zeid.

Josh Fields intentionally walked pinch-hitter David Murphy with two outs before walking Butler to load the bases and bring on Wright.

Things looked good for the Astros early. Castro's 445-foot homer to the second deck in right field to start the second put Houston up 1-0.

Singles by Kinsler and A. J. Pierzynski sandwiched around a walk by Beltre loaded the bases in the fourth inning. A sacrifice fly by Jeff Baker tied it at 1 before a sacrifice bunt sent Beltre home to put Texas up 2-1.

Garza had retired six in a row before L.J. Hoes doubled to start Houston's fourth. A double by Jose Altuve sent Hoes home to make it 2-all.

Castro's 31st double, which bounced off the wall in left-center, scored Altuve to put Houston up 3-2. Barnes homered to start the fifth for a two-run lead.

Bedard allowed seven hits and three runs in 6 2-3 innings and is winless since June 26.

Houston's inexperience was painfully evident in the ninth inning, when Pierzynski bunted and rookie pitcher Jorge De Leon scooped up the ball and looked at Kinsler on third before throwing to first. As soon as De Leon looked away, Kinsler dashed home ahead of the throw to make it 8-4.

Murphy had an RBI double later in the ninth.

Notes

The Rangers acquired OF Alex Rios from the Chicago White Sox on Friday. He will join the team on Saturday. ... Texas DH Lance Berkman, who has been on the DL since July 7 with left hip inflammation and also experienced pain in his surgically repaired right knee, will begin a rehabilitation assignment at Triple-A Round Rock on Saturday. ... Houston SS Jonathan Villar was out of the lineup for a second straight game with a sprained left thumb. Porter said he will not go on the DL, but he isn't sure when he'll play. "He's going to take batting practice and go through the whole routine and we will re-evaluate it after to see what degree of soreness if any and then move forward from there," Porter said. ... The series continues on Saturday when Texas left-hander Derek Holland opposes Brad Peacock.

 
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Players of the Game
Houston

J. Altuve
AB 5
R 1
H 3
HR 0
RBI 2
Texas

I. Kinsler
AB 3
R 3
H 2
HR 0
RBI 0
 

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Texas Rangers
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Leonys Martin, RF-CF5012012 .278
Elvis Andrus, SS5010004 .261
Ian Kinsler, 2B3320201 .273
Adrian Beltre, DH4321102 .321
A.J. Pierzynski, C5021011 .275
Jeff Baker, 1B2001022 .304
   a-Mitch Moreland, PH-1B1000101 .247
Craig Gentry, CF2001001 .245
   b-David Murphy, PH-LF1111100 .226
Joey Butler, LF3220111 .500
   Engel Beltre, RF1000002 .278
Jurickson Profar, 3B4012123 .249
Totals36912977  
a-grounded out for Baker in the 8th
b-was walked intentionally for Gentry in the 8th
Batting
2B - Leonys Martin (13, Wright), Ian Kinsler (20, De Leon), David Murphy (21, De Leon), Joey Butler 2 (2, Bedard)
SF - Jeff Baker (1)
SH - Craig Gentry (2)
RBI - Leonys Martin 2 (26), Adrian Beltre (71), A.J. Pierzynski (45), Jeff Baker (17), Craig Gentry (13), David Murphy (37), Jurickson Profar 2 (17)
2-OUT RBI - Leonys Martin 2 (7), Jurickson Profar (5)
SB - Ian Kinsler (8, 2nd base off Zeid/Castro)
Team LOB - 9
Texas Rangers
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Matt Garza (W,8-2) 7744182 3.23
Tanner Scheppers (H,20) 0.2000220 1.70
Neal Cotts (S,1) 1.1211020 0.96
HBP - Carter (by Tanner Scheppers)
Pitches-Strikes - Matt Garza 107-72, Tanner Scheppers 28-15, Neal Cotts 26-19
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Matt Garza 6-7
Batters Faced - Matt Garza 29, Tanner Scheppers 5, Neal Cotts 6
Houston Astros
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Robbie Grossman, LF-CF5000012 .257
L.J. Hoes, RF5220002 .265
Jose Altuve, 2B5132010 .283
Jason Castro, C4122122 .270
Chris Carter, DH3000022 .209
Brett Wallace, 1B4000034 .227
Matt Dominguez, 3B3000111 .230
Brandon Barnes, CF2111100 .242
   a-Marc Krauss, PH-LF1000013 .174
Jake Elmore, SS4010010 .250
Totals36595312  
a-struck out for Barnes in the 8th
Batting
2B - L.J. Hoes (2, Garza), Jose Altuve (17, Garza), Jason Castro (31, Garza)
HR - Jason Castro (14, Garza), Brandon Barnes (6, Garza)
RBI - Jose Altuve 2 (39), Jason Castro 2 (44), Brandon Barnes (25)
2-OUT RBI - Jose Altuve (18)
Team LOB - 8
Fielding
DP - Altuve-Elmore-Wallace
Houston Astros
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Erik Bedard 6.2733250 4.28
Josh Zeid (L,0-1; BS,1) 0.1122100 6.35
Kevin Chapman 0.1000010 0.00
Josh Fields 0.1022200 7.59
Wesley Wright 0100100 3.92
Jorge De Leon 1.1322110 13.50
IBB - Murphy by Josh Fields
WP - Kevin Chapman (1)
Pitches-Strikes - Erik Bedard 108-69, Josh Zeid 11-5, Kevin Chapman 7-4, Josh Fields 12-3, Wesley Wright 13-7, Jorge De Leon 34-17
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Erik Bedard 9-5, Josh Zeid 1-0, Josh Fields 1-0, Jorge De Leon 2-1
Batters Faced - Erik Bedard 28, Josh Zeid 3, Kevin Chapman 1, Josh Fields 3, Wesley Wright 2, Jorge De Leon 8
Game Information
Attendance - 23673
Game Time - 3:58
Temperature - 73
Umpires - Home - Tom Hallion, First Base - Phil Cuzzi, Second Base - Chris Guccione, Third Base - Ron Kulpa