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Singleton, Gonzalez lead Astros past Rangers

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ARLINGTON, Texas -- Jon Singleton's debut against the Texas Rangers turned out nicely for him and the Houston Astros.

Singleton homered among three hits and drove in four runs, Marwin Gonzalez had a bases-loaded triple and the Astros snapped a seven-game skid with a 12-7 victory over the Rangers on Monday night.

The 22-year-old rookie ended an 0-for-10 slump that had dropped his average to .168 with his second three-hit game of the season and helped boost the Astros to 4-3 this season against their Texas rival.

Houston was 2-17 against the Rangers in its first season in the AL West last year.

"When you look at the work which he's putting in day in and day out, it's good to see him get some results on the field," manager Bo Porter said. "He has a chance to be a really special middle-of-the-lineup bat for a long time in the big leagues."

Gonzalez's triple followed five consecutive singles in a six-run second inning, and Singleton's towering flyball landed two rows above the Texas bullpen in right-center for a three-run shot and a 9-2 lead in the fourth.

"It's a work in progress every day," Singleton said. "Today I tried not to think too much. I was seeing the ball. That's about it."

Jarred Cosart (9-6) won for the first time in 12 career starts against AL West opponents despite allowing nine hits and six runs -- five earned -- in five innings.

Every Houston batter had at least one hit after George Springer's infield single with one out in the fourth. Singleton followed with his sixth homer to knock out Texas starter Miles Mikolas (0-1), who gave up 12 hits and nine runs in 3 1-3 innings.

It was the second career start for Mikolas, who was strong for five innings before fading in the sixth last week in Baltimore. He struck out five and didn't walk a batter.

"There were strikes, but you have to throw quality strikes," Rangers manager Ron Washington said. "They just found a way to put the ball in play and find the grass out there. And then Gonzalez was the big blow."

Adrian Beltre extended his hitting streak to 10 games with an RBI double in the third inning and a solo homer in the fifth that pulled the Rangers to 9-6. Beltre's team-leading 12th home run came an inning after Elvis Andrus' three-run double down the left field line.

Houston relievers Josh Fields and Tony Sipp kept the Rangers from getting any closer, combining to strike out seven in a row starting in the sixth, when Texas trailed 10-6. The streak included Jake Smolinski in his major league debut for Texas in the seventh.

The Rangers, playoff contenders the past four seasons, lost for the 16th time in 19 games. Texas started the day 17 games behind Oakland and finished it just two ahead of last-place Houston, which has lost at least 100 games three straight years.

"Our goal is to play better baseball than we did the year before," Porter said. "We are getting better. We still have a ways to go. Regardless of what team they put in front of us, it's just beat that team that night."

Singleton had the first of the five straight singles and reached base four times, capped by an RBI double in the eighth. Carlos Corporan also had three hits as the Astros finished with a season-high 17.

Alex Presley hit his fifth homer -- a solo shot in the sixth -- and was one of four Houston players with two hits. He had to come out after the 10th pitch of an at-bat in the eighth inning when he appeared to injure his right side on a swing. Pinch-hitter L.J. Hoes had a sacrifice fly to right on the first pitch he saw.

Notes

Jose Altuve tied Houston's franchise record for hits before the All-Star break at 123 on an infield single in the fourth. The play was originally ruled an out before Porter challenged. The replay clearly showed Altuve was safe, tying Bob Watson's record from 1973. Altuve broke the record with a single in the eighth.

 
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Houston Astros
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Jose Altuve, 2B5220001 .338
Alex Presley, CF4122011 .252
   a-L.J. Hoes, PH-RF0001000 .187
George Springer, RF-CF5110031 .234
Jon Singleton, 1B4234111 .188
Matt Dominguez, 3B5120002 .239
Chris Carter, DH5110011 .189
Carlos Corporan, C5131001 .253
Enrique Hernandez, LF5121012 .364
Marwin Gonzalez, SS4213104 .275
Jarred Cosart, P0000000 .000
   Darin Downs, P0000000 .000
   Josh Fields, P0000000 .000
   Tony Sipp, P0000000 .000
   Jose Veras, P0000000 .000
Totals4212171227  
a-hit a sacrifice fly for Presley in the 8th
Batting
2B - Jon Singleton (5, Baker), Carlos Corporan (3, Soria)
3B - Marwin Gonzalez (1, Mikolas)
HR - Alex Presley (5, Baker), Jon Singleton (6, Mikolas)
SF - L.J. Hoes (3)
RBI - Alex Presley 2 (13), L.J. Hoes (9), Jon Singleton 4 (20), Carlos Corporan (15), Enrique Hernandez (3), Marwin Gonzalez 3 (10)
2-OUT RBI - Jon Singleton (7)
SB - Jose Altuve (39, 2nd base off Baker/Chirinos), Alex Presley (4, 2nd base off Mikolas/Chirinos)
Team LOB - 6
Fielding
DP - M. Gonzalez-Singleton
E - Jon Singleton (5, Misplayed grounder)
Houston Astros
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Jarred Cosart (W,9-6) 5965221 4.17
Darin Downs 0.1000100 4.22
Josh Fields 1000030 5.46
Tony Sipp 1.2000040 2.84
Jose Veras 1211010 7.50
WP - Jose Veras (4)
Pitches-Strikes - Jarred Cosart 92-59, Darin Downs 9-4, Josh Fields 16-12, Tony Sipp 24-17, Jose Veras 22-14
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jarred Cosart 8-5, Darin Downs 1-0, Jose Veras 2-0
Batters Faced - Jarred Cosart 26, Darin Downs 2, Josh Fields 3, Tony Sipp 5, Jose Veras 5
Texas Rangers
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Shin-Soo Choo, DH3110210 .250
Elvis Andrus, SS5123012 .270
Alex Rios, RF5121012 .305
Adrian Beltre, 3B5122021 .334
Leonys Martin, CF2100111 .270
   a-Jacob Smolinski, PH-LF2000011 .000
Robinson Chirinos, C4110011 .251
Carlos Pena, 1B3020001 .167
   b-Chris Gimenez, PH-1B1000010 .286
Rougned Odor, 2B4110011 .262
Dan Robertson, LF-CF4000004 .224
Miles Mikolas, P0000000 .000
   Shawn Tolleson, P0000000 .000
   Scott Baker, P0000000 .000
   Joakim Soria, P0000000 .000
Totals387116310  
a-struck out for Martin in the 7th
b-struck out for Pena in the 8th
Batting
2B - Elvis Andrus (21, Cosart), Alex Rios (18, Cosart), Adrian Beltre (20, Cosart)
HR - Adrian Beltre (12, Cosart)
RBI - Elvis Andrus 3 (22), Alex Rios (39), Adrian Beltre 2 (48)
2-OUT RBI - Elvis Andrus 3 (11), Adrian Beltre (24)
Team LOB - 7
Fielding
DP - Andrus-Odor-Pena
PB - Robinson Chirinos (5)
Texas Rangers
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Miles Mikolas (L,0-1) 3.11299051 12.46
Shawn Tolleson 1.2100000 3.07
Scott Baker 3.1333221 5.96
Joakim Soria 0.2100000 2.76
Pitches-Strikes - Miles Mikolas 88-63, Shawn Tolleson 17-12, Scott Baker 57-36, Joakim Soria 11-6
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Miles Mikolas 1-4, Shawn Tolleson 2-2, Scott Baker 3-5, Joakim Soria 1-1
Batters Faced - Miles Mikolas 22, Shawn Tolleson 5, Scott Baker 15, Joakim Soria 3
Game Information
Attendance - 31010
Game Time - 3:48
Temperature - 93
Umpires - Home - Chad Fairchild, First Base - Victor Carapazza, Second Base - Bill Miller, Third Base - Adam Hamari