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Odor homers again, Rangers beat Astros to pad AL West lead
Rougned Odor homered for the third straight game in a seven-run fourth inning, Carlos Gomez had two hits in his first game against his former team and the Texas Rangers held on for a 10-8 victory over the Houston Astros on Friday night.
The Rangers nearly squandered a seven-run lead but won their sixth straight to push their AL West advantage to 9 1/2 games over the second-place Astros. Houston lost the first of 13 straight games against division leaders to start September, six of those against Texas.
Odor's team-leading 28th home run was one of three in the fourth inning against Doug Fister (12-10), who came out after Jonathan Lucroy followed Odor's shot to right with a line drive just over the 14-foot wall in left for a 9-2 lead.
Alex Bregman had a solo homer and a two-run triple but popped out to end the eighth with two runners on after the Astros had pulled within two.
A.J. Griffin (7-3) improved to 5-0 in his career against Houston, allowing three hits and three runs in 5 2/3 innings. Sam Dyson pitched a perfect ninth for his 31st save.
Carlos Beltran also homered in the fourth, his 26th overall and fourth since coming to the Rangers from the New York Yankees at the Aug. 1 trade deadline. He had three RBIs.
Fister allowed season highs in hits (10), runs (eight) and earned runs (seven).
Gomez, dumped by the Astros early last month barely a year after they acquired the underperforming two-time All-Star, reached in his first three plate appearances on a double, single and walk and scored three runs.
WHERE'S THE BALL?
The Rangers pulled even at 2 in the second by scoring two runs on a bouncer to third by Elvis Andrus. First baseman A.J. Reed caught Bregman's high throw as Lucroy scored but didn't realize the ball was knocked out of his glove on the tag as Andrus ran by him, allowing Gomez to score.
Astros: 1B Marwin Gonzalez was day to day after leaving the previous game with discomfort in his right hamstring. A similar problem sidelined him for several games a month ago.
Rangers: RHP Colby Lewis (right lat strain) will make the trip to Seattle and pitch Monday for Class A Spokane at Everett, near Seattle. He could return to the rotation after what will be his third rehab outing.
Astros: Rookie RHP Joe Musgrove (2-2, 4.36 ERA) allowed one run in seven innings against Texas in his first big league start Aug. 7, five days after his debut in relief. He's been in the rotation since then.
Rangers: LHP Derek Holland (6-6, 4.68) is 1-1 with a 1.50 ERA in two starts since returning from a stint on the 60-day disabled list because of left shoulder inflammation.