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June 17, 2012

Wrapping up Rangers sweep of Astros

The Texas Rangers swept the Houston Astros, and are headed to San Diego winners of six of their last seven games. They don't believe they are in early-season form when they were widely considered the best team in baseball, but they are getting close.

The Rangers used another big inning on Sunday afternoon, scoring seven runs with two outs in the sixth. That, coupled with another strong start by Colby Lewis, paved the way for the Rangers' 9-3 victory.

Here are a few postgame notes from it:

* Colby Lewis held the Astros to one run on three hits with one walk and 10 strikeouts over seven innings. It's his second 10-strikeout game this season, and 10th in his career. He is tied for fifth-most 10-strikeout games in club history, 34 back of the franchise record set by Nolan Ryan.

* Ian Kinsler popped up with the bases-loaded and two outs in the fourth inning. In the same situation in the sixth, Kinsler delivered a bases-clearing triple to left-center field. That sparked the Rangers' seven-run inning. Michael Young had a one-run single on a play that scored two Rangers runs. Elvis Andrus, who was on first, scored after the Astros made a lazy throw back to the infield. Adrian Beltre capped it off with a two-run homer.

* The big innings were prevalent the entire series. The Rangers were held scoreless through the first four innings every game, but came through with an inning of five-or-more runs each time. They have 15 innings of scoring five-or-more runs, the most in the major leagues.

* The Rangers announced a crowd of 46,320, the 20th sellout of the season. They are only one shy of tying the franchise record.

-- Drew Davison

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