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Beltre, Rangers smack Astros

4:42 PM, May 12, 2013   |    comments
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Houston, TX (Sports Network) - Adrian Beltre smacked a three-run homer among his four hits and drove in four in the Texas Rangers' 12-7 win over the Houston Astros to complete a three-game sweep.

Leury Garcia tallied three hits, four runs scored and an RBI for the Rangers, who have won four in a row and seven of their last nine. Lance Berkman added an RBI double against his old squad in the victory.

Nick Tepesch (3-3) fanned eight and surrendered a run on four hits and a walk over six frames to pick up the win.

Jordan Lyles (1-1) allowed eight runs on 11 hits and three walks over four frames for Houston, which has dropped four in a row and 10 of its last 12.

The Rangers racked up 16 hits through five innings and jumped out to a 12-1 lead after plating a run in the first, four in the third, three in the fourth and four more in the fifth.

Berkman banged a one-out RBI double off the wall in the left center in the first and added a run-scoring groundout in the third. Also in third frame, Craig Gentry lined an RBI single to center and David Murphy ripped a two-run shot down the right-field line.

Garcia had a run-scoring base hit to right, Elvis Andrus scored on a balk and Beltre stroked an RBI double to center in the fourth.

Jason Castro's two-out blast to right got the Astros on the board in the home half.

Leonys Martin led off the fifth with a homer to right and Beltre clubbed a three-run shot off the facade in left center later in the inning. The umpiring crew initially ruled Beltre's hit a double, but overturned the call following a review.

Houston pushed four across in the eighth and two more in the ninth to make the final outcome respectable. Castro had an RBI single and Chris Carter launched a three-run bomb into the Crawford Boxes in the eighth. Brandon Barnes cracked a two-run shot to left in the ninth.

Game Notes

Texas has won 15 of its last 18 in Houston ... The Rangers improved to 13-5 against divisional foes this season ... The Rangers were 5-for-16 with runners in scoring position.

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