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Astros fans get a chance to see their team play the Rangers in person every season. They have to have a good memory to remember the last time they saw the Astros beat their I-45 rivals.
It’s been more than three years since the Astros beat the Rangers inHouston. Lance Berkman, Miguel Tejada and David Newhan all started and had hits in that 7-2 Astros victory on June 26, 2008. Doug Brocail was in the bullpen for the Astros that day. Today he’s their interim pitching coach.
Jordan Lyles (-2, 4.20 ERA) will take the mound tonight as the Astros try to end the Rangers six-game winning streak in Minute Maid Park. In his last start, Lyles held the Rangers to three runs in seven innings but didn’t factor in the decision of a 5-4 loss in 11 innings.
He’ll be facing Texas lefty C.J. Wilson (7-3, 3.17 ERA) again today. Wilson started that game last Tuesday and was knocked out in the seventh inning after giving up a season-worst 11 hits and four runs.
The Rangers have owned the Astros and the Silver Boot series lately. They’ve won 12 of the last 15 games in the series. And Texas has won the trophy, in the shape of a boot, in each of the last four seasons.