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Dominguez, Altuve team up, lead Astros over Texas


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HOUSTON (AP) Jose Altuve leads the majors in hits and is 11 away from 200 for the season.

He insists he's not counting.

''If you're thinking hits, you're not paying attention to wins,'' Altuve said Sunday after leading the Houston Astros past the Texas Rangers 3-2.

Altuve matched his career high with four hits, including two doubles. His single with two outs in the eighth inning drove in the go-ahead run.

Matt Dominguez hit a tying home run off reliever Neal Cotts (2-8) with one out in the eighth to make it 2-all. Jake Marisnick was hit by a pitch, stole second and scored on Altuve's single.

''He's the kind of guy you want to have in that situation,'' Dominguez said. ''It seems he gets three hits a game.''

Dominguez had an RBI single earlier in the game. The Astros won a series for the first time since Aug. 19-21 at Yankee Stadium.

Jose Veras (3-1) got the win and Chad Qualls posted his 16th save.

Dallas Keuchel went seven innings for the Astros, allowing two runs and five hits. He struck out three and walked two.

''Each and every time this guy goes to the mound we feel pretty good about our chances as a team to win the ballgame,'' Astros manager Bo Porter said. ''Today was no different.''

Alex Rios doubled and singled for Texas, driving in a run and scoring run. His RBI single in the sixth scored Daniel Robertson to put Texas ahead 2-1.

Rios doubled and scored on Ryan Rua's grounder in the first inning.

''My only concern when I go out there and play is to limit the other team to (fewer) runs that what we score,'' Keuchel said. ''In the month of August I really didn't do my job. I'm just thankful we got the win today.''

Texas rookie Nick Martinez pitched 5 1-3 innings, giving up one run and six hits. He struck out four and walked three.

''I told him he did his job when he came off the field,'' Rangers manager Ron Washington said. ''It was up to the bullpen to finish it off. We had the two best we've got in there and we just didn't do it.''

Porter praised his team for coming up with clutch runs late in the game. Keuchel said that's the difference between this year's team and last season's squad.

''This is team is a year older, a year wiser and we're not where we want to be yet, but we're getting there,'' Keuchel said. ''Whether we are crawling or inching, we're going to fight. That's really the big difference.''

That, and they have players like Altuve on their side.

''He's been unreal all year,'' Dominguez said.

FINDING HIS GROOVE

Dominguez's 2-for-4, 2-RBI outing was a much-needed boost for the third baseman.

''He's been in a funk, and he's been working hard,'' Porter said. ''He got a pitch that he could handle and put a really good swing on that ball.''

Dominguez, whose eight-inning homer was the first at Minute Maid Park since late July, said the extra work is paying off.

''I'm feeling a little bit more confident at the plate,'' he said.

ROTATION WOES

The Rangers are keeping a close eye on RHP Miles Mikolas as they decide on the fifth spot of the rotation.

''Let's see how Mikolas is,'' Washington said. ''If we feel we need to miss him another start we can always fill it with (Scott) Baker. Robbie (Ross Jr.) is in the mix, but we'll see where it goes.''

Mikolas was scratched from Saturday's start with shoulder fatigue. Texas plans to start RHP Colby Lewis, LHP Derek Holland and RHP Nick Tepesch at Kansas City.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Rangers: Whether RHP Yu Darvish (right elbow) can return to the mound this season remains unclear. ''I don't know,'' Washington said. ''Waiting until Dr. (Keith) Meister tells him he can pick up a baseball to make a decision.'' Darvish was placed on the 15-day DL Aug. 13, retroactive to Aug. 10.

Astros: INF Marwin Gonzalez was kept out of the lineup one day after being scratched with discomfort in his right hamstring. Gregorio Petit started at SS.

UP NEXT

Rangers: Lewis (9-11) looks to build on his previous outing - his second complete game of the season, snapping a three-game losing streak - when he starts Monday night at Kansas City.

Astros: After an off-day, Houston starts RHP Brad Peacock (3-8) on Tuesday night at home against the Los Angeles Angels. He is looking for his first win since July 8.

 
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Texas

A. Rios
AB 3
R 1
H 2
HR 0
RBI 1
Houston

M. Dominguez
AB 4
R 1
H 2
HR 1
RBI 2
 

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Texas Rangers
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLG
Daniel Robertson, CF3110000.303.374.371
   a-Leonys Martin, PH-CF1000010.273.326.368
Elvis Andrus, SS4010011.266.319.336
Alex Rios, RF3121110.280.310.400
Adrian Beltre, 3B2000212.324.381.496
Ryan Rua, 1B4011003.250.250.250
J.P. Arencibia, DH4000022.166.225.343
Robinson Chirinos, C4000000.232.282.408
Rougned Odor, 2B3010000.249.284.380
Michael Choice, LF3000002.174.245.321
Nick Martinez, P0000000.000.000.000
   Roman Mendez, P0000000.000.000.000
   Neal Cotts, P0000000.000.000.000
   Neftali Feliz, P0000000.000.000.000
Totals3126236    
a-struck out for Robertson in the 8th
Batting
2B - Daniel Robertson (7, Keuchel), Alex Rios (29, Keuchel)
RBI - Alex Rios (53), Ryan Rua (1)
2-OUT RBI - Ryan Rua (1)
SB - Elvis Andrus (24, 2nd base off Veras/Castro)
Team LOB - 6
Fielding
Outfield Assists - Leonys Martin 1
DP - Odor-Andrus-Rua
Texas Rangers
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Nick Martinez 5.1611340 5.14
Roman Mendez (H,6) 1.1100220 1.80
Neal Cotts (L,2-8; BS,7) 1122001 4.01
Neftali Feliz 0.1200100 2.78
HBP - Marisnick (by Neal Cotts)
Pitches-Strikes - Nick Martinez 104-64, Roman Mendez 30-18, Neal Cotts 18-13, Neftali Feliz 8-3
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Nick Martinez 3-8, Neal Cotts 1-2
Batters Faced - Nick Martinez 24, Roman Mendez 7, Neal Cotts 5, Neftali Feliz 3
Houston Astros
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLG
Robbie Grossman, LF3000211.210.327.316
Jose Altuve, 2B5041000.336.374.441
Chris Carter, DH4010125.227.300.507
Dexter Fowler, CF2010200.276.378.409
Jason Castro, C4110017.227.296.384
Jon Singleton, 1B3000101.178.292.356
Matt Dominguez, 3B4122002.224.267.349
Jake Marisnick, RF3100023.233.271.274
Gregorio Petit, SS4010001.273.298.418
Dallas Keuchel, P0000000.000.250.000
   Jose Veras, P0000000.000.000.000
   Chad Qualls, P0000000.000.000.000
Totals32310366    
Batting
2B - Jose Altuve 2 (37, Martinez), Jason Castro (18, Martinez)
HR - Matt Dominguez (15, Cotts)
RBI - Jose Altuve (45), Matt Dominguez 2 (53)
2-OUT RBI - Jose Altuve (20), Matt Dominguez (15)
SB - Jake Marisnick (6, 2nd base off Cotts/Chirinos)
Team LOB - 12
Fielding
DP - Altuve-Petit-Singleton, Altuve-Petit-Singleton-Altuve-Petit-Singleton
Houston Astros
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Dallas Keuchel 7522230 3.03
Jose Veras (W,3-1) 1100120 4.71
Chad Qualls (S,16) 1000010 3.47
WP - Dallas Keuchel (7)
HBP - Odor (by Dallas Keuchel)
Pitches-Strikes - Dallas Keuchel 101-61, Jose Veras 26-14, Chad Qualls 11-8
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Dallas Keuchel 11-5, Chad Qualls 1-1
Batters Faced - Dallas Keuchel 27, Jose Veras 5, Chad Qualls 3
Game Information
Attendance - 19024
Game Time - 3:18
Temperature - 73
Umpires - Home - Tony Randazzo, First Base - Brian Gorman, Second Base - David Rackley, Third Base - Sean Barber