HOUSTON -- Nelson Cruz launched a towering game-tying home run in the sixth inning, Jeff Baker followed with a go-ahead homer an inning later and the Texas Rangers went on to a 4-2 victory over the Houston Astros on Friday night at Minute Maid Park.
Trailing 2-1 going into the sixth and struggling to get anything going against Astros starter Dallas Keuchel, Cruz provided a much-needed spark by sending a shot off the glass panels far beyond the left-field wall.
Baker then led off with a solo homer in the seventh, sending one just over the right-field fence. David Murphy joined the home run parade with a solo shot of his own in the ninth inning, cushioning the Rangers' lead to 4-2.
The Rangers' bullpen made that lead stand. Robbie Ross stranded another inherited runner in the sixth inning, and worked a perfect seventh. Tanner Scheppers followed with a 1-2-3 eighth, and Joe Nathan closed out the ninth for his 10th save.
Rangers starter Alexi Ogando allowed two runs on five hits with four walks and three strikeouts over 5 2/3 innings in a no-decision outing.
Ogando gave up single runs in the second and third, but settled down and retired nine of 11 batters he faced before giving up a two-out single in the sixth that ended his night.
-- Drew Davison