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Carter powers Astros past Rays

4:43 AM, Jul 4, 2013   |    comments
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Houston, TX (Sports Network) - Chris Carter had two home runs, including a go- ahead three-run shot in the bottom of the seventh, and the Houston Astros snapped a five-game losing streak with a 4-1 victory over the Tampa Bay Rays.

In the seventh, Brett Wallace hit a leadoff double and Jason Castro delivered a single to right, placing runners at the corners. With a full count, Carter fouled off a pair of pitches before clubbing the eighth pitch thrown by the Rays reliever Jake McGee over the left-field wall.

McGee took over for Tampa Bay starter Roberto Hernandez (4-10), who was tagged with the loss after giving up the first two hits in the seventh.

Houston starter Bud Norris (6-7) allowed one run on six hits and three walks in seven innings to earn his first win since June 1 against the Angels. Jose Veras pitched a scoreless ninth to notch his 17th save.

Ben Zobrist drove in the lone run for the Rays, who had a four-game winning streak snapped. Hernandez earned his fourth consecutive loss, surrendering all four runs over six-plus innings.

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