HOUSTON - Ian Kinsler hit a pair of home runs and Colby Lewis pitched 6 2/3 strong innings as the Rangers continued their dominance of Houston with a 3-2 victory at Minute Maid Park.
The Rangers have won nine of the last 11 games against Houston and have won eight-consecutive games in Houston. The victory also clinched the Lone Star Series for the Rangers for a fifth-consecutive season.
Kinsler opened the game with his 17th leadoff homer and Texas tacked on another run on an RBI single from Adrian Beltre. Kinsler homered again in the third, which proved to be enough support for Lewis.
The right-hander didn't allow a hit until Hunter Pence singled with two outs in the fourth. He kept the Astros scoreless until the seventh, when they chased him with four hits and two runs. Darren Oliver worked out of trouble to end the inning and combined with Mark Lowe and Neftali Feliz to finish off Houston.
Lewis threw just 74 pitches in his 6 2/3 innings, with 61 of them strikes. He gave up six hits and walked six.
The Rangers needed Lewis to be good. After collecting five hits in the first three innings, Texas had just one more hit.
- Anthony Andro