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Two runs in the first one in the third send the Rangers to a 3-2 win over the Astros on Wednesday night. The win clenches the fifth consecutive Silver Boot Trophy for Texas.
Ian Kinsler got it all started with a leadoff home run off of Astros starter Brett Myers. It is his fourth leadoff homer of the season and his 18th career one for the Rangers second baseman. A few batters later, third baseman Adrian Beltre brought home shortstop Andres Blanco to make it an early 2-0 Texas lead. In the third, Kinsler struck again for his 11th homer of the season, also a solo shot to left of Brett Myers.
“Tough line up,” Myers said about the Rangers. “A couple of mistakes where I had a 3-2 count – I didn’t want to walk (Kinsler) on the second homer, and he did what he was supposed to do and hit a homer.”
Myers’ line for the night reads: seven innings pitched, six hits, all three runs earned, walked one and struck out four. This sends Myers to his seventh loss of the year.
Rangers starter Colby Lewis was able to throw a strong six and two-thirds innings in order to get his seventh win of the year. The Astros scattered six hits throughout his outing and did not get their first hit until the fourth inning, when Hunter Pence reached base on a single. In the seventh, the Astros pushed a run across with a Carlos Lee solo homer. Matt Downs reached base on a double and came home on a bloop single to right by Clint Barmes. The homer was Lee’s sixth of the year, and Barmes was almost able to score on a Carlos Corporan double into the right field corner in that inning. He would be held up by third base coach Dave Clark after Mitch Moreland fielded it cleanly and got the throw back to his cutoff man.
After that, the Astros were only able to scratch one hit off Rangers relievers. That was a Michael Bourn single to left off veteran lefty Darren Oliver in the eighth. Who then caught the Astros centerfielder leaning off first base and thrown out at second by first baseman Michael Young.
Mark Lowe came in and got Hunter Pence to strike out to end that eighth. Then, closer Neftali Feliz came in to lockdown his 16th save of the season. He walked Carlos Lee to start the bottom of the ninth. However he’d shut the door by getting the final two outs with a strike out on Brett Wallace swinging and catcher Yorvit Torrealba threw out Lee trying to steal second.
Wandy Rodriguez tries to get the Astros a win in the series finale against Texas’ Matt Harrison at 7:05.