Josh Rupe managed to get out of the sixth inning with no damage done. Two Astros were on with just one out before Carlos Lee grounded out and Hunter Pence struck out to end the inning. Astros still lead 7-0 entering the seventh.
The Astros are leading 7-0 in the sixth inning and appear poised to tie the season series with the Rangers at three wins apiece. The Rangers will win the Silver Boot on more runs scored, unless the Astros take tonight's lead up to 11-0. If that's the case the Silver Boot will go to the team with most runners advanced to the third base. If Houston win by 12 runs or more then the Astros take the Boot.
Astros pitcher Wandy Rodriguez has kept the Rangers bats silent through five innings, allowing just one hit to Rangers pitcher Kevin Millwood. The only other Ranger to reach base was Josh Hamilton after he was hit by a pitch. Hamilton left the game in the second to have his left hand x-rayed. Astros lead 7-0 in the bottom of the fifth inning.
The Astros had five hits, including two that never left the infield, to score four runs and take a 7-0 lead after two innings. Rangers pitcher Kevin Millwood remains in the game. He struck out Hunter Pence to end the inning.
Josh Hamilton was pulled from the game in the bottom of the second inning. He was hit in the hand in his first at-bat and then had to run up the hill in center field to chase down a Hunter Pence triple. Hamilton missed Wednesday's game with left knee inflammtion. More details to come.
Josh Hamilton was hit on the hand in the first inning but appeared okay taking first base. Astros manager Cecil Cooper appeared briefly to question whether the pitch had actually hit Hamilton's bat instead of his hand.