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June 16, 2012

Wrapping up Rangers 8-3 victory over Astros (What's next for Justin Grimm?)

Justin Grimm turned in an impressive major league debut, allowing three runs on six hits with no walks and seven strikeouts over six innings. He got the victory, as the Rangers pulled away for an 8-3 victory over the Houston Astros.

The win clinched the Silver Boot for the Rangers, who have held on to the coveted trophy for six straight years. But where does this leave Grimm going forward?

Manager Ron Washington said the team is in a wait-and-see mode before making a definitive decision. But Washington was impressed with how Grimm handled the situation on Saturday night, and said he would be in consideration to make another start for the Rangers.

"Because he performed, he's in consideration," Washington said.

Here are a few other postgame notes:

* Nelson Cruz hit the go-ahead three-run home run in the sixth inning, sending a deep blast into the visiting bullpen. It was his ninth homer of the season.

* A couple of Rangers broke out of recent slumps. Ian Kinsler snapped an 0 for 14 slump with a single in the five-run sixth, and had an RBI single in the seventh. The two runs scored gives him 50 on the season, as he leads the American League. Mike Napoli snapped out of an 0 for 10 skid with a single in the third.

* Michael Young came through with a sacrifice fly in the seventh, the 66th in his career. That ties him with Ruben Sierra's for most in franchise history.

* Texas won for the fifth time in its last six games. It is 12 games above .500 for the first time since May 29 (31-19). The Rangers also announced another sellout crowd at the Ballpark, as 48,288 were on hand for Saturday's victory.

-- Drew Davison

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