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Rangers score early, hold off Astros

Jun 21, 2011 - 5:38 AM Arlington, TX (Sports Network) - Josh Hamilton hit a two-run triple in the second inning, as the Texas Rangers took control early and held on for an 8-3 victory over the Houston Astros.

The Rangers plated seven runs in the first three innings to support Derek Holland (6-2), who limited the Astros to three runs in 7 1/3 innings. He gave up six hits, walked three and struck out four.

"I just executed better tonight," Holland said. "My defense made plays for me and the offense kept doing what they do. For me, it was just better execution."

Adrian Beltre finished with three hits and two RBI for Texas, which has won three of four.

J.A. Happ (3-9) allowed the seven early runs -- five of which were earned -- as the Astros fell to 6-13 in June.

"I just wasn't getting strike one," Happ said. "When I'm ahead in the count there's different swings. Obviously the results were not good tonight."

Texas' scoring burst began in the first inning, when Ian Kinsler reached on a fielding error by third baseman Chris Johnson and moved to second on Hamilton's one-out single.

Beltre followed with a single to left to plate Kinsler, and Michael Young crushed a fly ball to the left-center gap. Michael Bourn just missed making a diving catch, allowing Hamilton to score and Young to land on second.

Nelson Cruz's sacrifice fly made it a 3-0 game.

The Rangers tacked on three more runs in the second inning, after putting two on with two away. Hamilton belted a pitch deep to left-center, and again Bourn tracked the ball. But he couldn't make the catch as he hit the wall, and Hamilton got around the bases to third.

Beltre's subsequent single put Texas up 6-0, while Craig Gentry's RBI double in the third chased Happ.

Houston got on the scoreboard in the fourth, when Carlos Lee hit a sacrifice fly and Jason Michaels added an RBI single. But Holland limited the damage to those two runs.

He gave up two singles in the eighth before being pulled, and Mark Lowe gave up a run-scoring base hit to Michaels before getting out of the inning.

Mitch Moreland began the bottom half with his ninth homer of the season.

Game Notes

In a season-low 2 2/3 innings, Happ gave up eight hits and walked one. He has dropped his last five decisions...Gentry also finished with three hits for the Rangers...Texas is 11-2 vs. Houston since the start of the 2009 season.






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  • Jason Michaels single to right scored Jeff Keppinger with one out. Runner on first and Chris Johnson due up.

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  • Craig Gentry double to left scored Mitch Moreland with two out. Runner on second and Ian Kinsler due up.

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  • Adrian Beltre single to center scored Josh Hamilton with two out. Runner on first and Michael Young due up.

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  • Josh Hamilton triple to left scored Craig Gentry and Elvis Andrus with two out. Runner on third and Adrian Beltre due up.

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