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Carter homers, Astros top Rangers 6-5 in Alamodome


SAN ANTONIO (AP) Chris Carter hit a three-run homer to lead the Houston Astros over the Texas Rangers 6-5 in the Alamodome on Friday night.

Carter's drive off Texas starter Matt Harrison cleared the right-center fence 360 feet from home plate at the Alamodome, designed primarily for football and special events such as the NCAA Final Four.

Despite an inviting right-field porch at 271 feet, Carter said he wasn't trying to hit a long ball with every swing.

''I just went up there and tried to hit the ball up the middle instead of trying to hit it one way or another,'' he said. ''And wherever it goes after that is where it goes.

''When I first looked at the field, I was thinking that you could hit a ball badly to right and it would still go out. But I just went up there and tried to make contact and I was able to get a hold of one.''

Home plate was moved back about 10 feet, which contributed to the right-field line being 14 feet shorter than last season when the Rangers played the San Diego Padres in a two-game series that drew more than 75,000 fans.

''Our guys didn't have any complaints about the field or playing conditions whatsoever,'' Astros manager Bo Porter said. ''I had heard there was some complaints about the lighting (last year), but I was told they moved home plate in line with the lights so that wasn't an issue for us.''

Rangers designated hitter Adrian Beltre hit his first homer of the spring in the second inning, almost in the same spot as Carter's, to cut the Astros' lead to 4-1.

Michael Choice hit a two-run shot to trim Houston's lead to one with nobody out in the ninth, but the Astros retired the next three batters to end it.

Houston starter Jerome Williams gave up one run on three hits and struck out two in three innings.

''I felt good,'' Williams said. ''I left a ball up to Beltre, but other than that I thought I threw the ball well. I felt like this was the last (game) to do well and get that momentum going into the regular season.''

Harrison allowed four runs and five hits in three innings. He walked three and struck out two.

Texas shortstop Elvis Andrus, playing his first game since March 17 due to forearm soreness, went 1 for 3. He went through fielding drills the last couple of days with no issues and played the infield for five innings against the Astros.

''Elvis has done everything he needed to do and has done everything you'd have to do at shortstop,'' Rangers manager Ron Washington said. ''He's ready to go.''

Kevin Kouzmanoff hit a solo home run in the eighth for the Rangers.


Hall of Fame pitcher Gaylord Perry threw out the ceremonial first pitch to Texas Rangers great Ivan ''Pudge'' Rodriguez during pregame festivities. St. Louis Cardinals great Lou Brock also was on hand to watch the game.


The Rangers claimed catcher Chris Gimenez off waivers from Oakland. To make room for him on the 40-man roster, the team designated left-hander Michael Kirkman for assignment.

Kirkman, the longest tenured Rangers player, had spent his entire professional career in the organization.

Texas also signed right-hander Scott Baker to a minor league contract. He is expected to open the season with Triple-A Round Rock.

Baker, who had Tommy John surgery in April 2012, spent the spring in camp with the Seattle Mariners as a non-roster invitee. He was released on Tuesday.


Texas ace Yu Darvish is expected to begin throwing Saturday after being sidelined with neck stiffness. Darvish, runner-up for the AL Cy Young Award last year, will throw on flat ground and possibly have a bullpen session in Arlington.

Darvish missed his scheduled start last Friday. He said he slept on his neck wrong and assumed he'd be back in two or three days. But he hasn't been able to throw, and he visited back specialist Dr. Drew Dossett on Wednesday. Dossett found no structural damage in Darvish's neck and cleared him to begin throwing.

The right-hander will be re-evaluated after Saturday's session. There is no timetable for his return to the rotation.

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Houston Astros
Dexter Fowler, CF3110001 .300
   Delino Deshields Jr., CF2000012 .133
Robbie Grossman, LF3110000 .360
   Adron Chambers, LF0000100 .250
Jose Altuve, 2B3010012 .254
   Ronald Torreyes, PR-2B1100001 .333
Jason Castro, C1111200 .263
   Jiovanni Mier, PR0000000 .000
   Carlos Corporan, C1000001 .294
Jesus Guzman, 1B2000013 .171
   a-Marc Krauss, PH-1B2000001 .293
Chris Carter, DH2113010 .214
   b-Alex Presley, PH-DH2121000 .231
L.J. Hoes, RF2000121 .220
   Jonathan Meyer, 3B1000000 .000
Marwin Gonzalez, 3B2000011 .380
   George Springer, RF2011000 .182
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   Carlos Correa, SS2000022 .200
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   Jason Stoffel, P0000000 .000
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b-doubled for Carter in the 6th
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HR - Chris Carter (2, Harrison)
RBI - Jason Castro (10), Chris Carter 3 (9), Alex Presley (2), George Springer (2)
2-OUT RBI - Chris Carter 3 (3), Alex Presley (2)
Team LOB - 4
E - Ronald Torreyes (1, Throwing)
Houston Astros
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Brad Peacock (H,1) 3300040 6.48
Chad Qualls (H,2) 1210020 4.50
Jake Buchanan (H,1) 1111011 8.10
Jason Stoffel (S,1) 1222011 8.31
Pitches-Strikes - Jerome Williams 19-17, Brad Peacock 20-20, Chad Qualls 9-9, Jake Buchanan 6-6, Jason Stoffel 7-7
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jerome Williams 3-4, Brad Peacock 1-4, Chad Qualls 1-0, Jason Stoffel 2-0
Batters Faced - Jerome Williams 12, Brad Peacock 12, Chad Qualls 5, Jake Buchanan 4, Jason Stoffel 5
Texas Rangers
Shin-Soo Choo, LF3000011 .161
   Bryan Petersen, LF2000011 .226
Elvis Andrus, SS3010001 .286
   Adam Rosales, SS2000011 .159
Prince Fielder, 1B2000011 .254
   Kevin Kouzmanoff, 1B2121000 .385
Adrian Beltre, DH2121000 .268
   a-Mitch Moreland, PH-DH1000011 .278
   b-Rougned Odor, PH-DH1000010 .278
Alex Rios, RF2000001 .310
   Jim Adduci, RF2000001 .294
Donnie Murphy, 2B2010011 .214
   Kensuke Tanaka, 2B2000011 .185
J.P. Arencibia, C2000002 .208
   Chris Snyder, C2220000 .368
Leonys Martin, CF2000011 .261
   Michael Choice, CF2122000 .381
Josh Wilson, 3B2010000 .255
   Brent Lillibridge, 3B2000010 .267
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b-struck out for Moreland in the 8th
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HR - Kevin Kouzmanoff (3, Buchanan), Adrian Beltre (1, Williams), Michael Choice (5, Stoffel)
RBI - Kevin Kouzmanoff (12), Adrian Beltre (6), Michael Choice 2 (17)
Team LOB - 6
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E - Michael Choice (1, Misplayed grounder), Brent Lillibridge (3, Throwing)
Texas Rangers
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Jason Frasor 0110000 2.35
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Batters Faced - Matt Harrison 14, Nick Martinez 17, Neal Cotts 1, Jason Frasor 2, Joakim Soria 3
Game Information
Attendance - 22677
Game Time - 2:48
Temperature - 72
Umpires - Home - Scott Mahoney, First Base - Todd Tichenor, Second Base - Allen Bailey, Third Base - Manny Gonzalez