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Grossman breaks out of slump, Astros down Rangers

Arlington, TX (SportsNetwork.com) - Robbie Grossman snapped an 0-for-28 slide in a big way, smacking a solo homer among his four hits, two RBI and two runs scored as the Houston Astros defeated the Texas Rangers, 8-4, to sweep a three-game set.

George Springer belted a two-run shot and Carlos Corporan added a two-run double for Houston, which had dropped seven straight coming into the series.

Springer also showcased his glove, robbing Alex Rios of an extra-base hit in the third inning when he made an incredible leaping grab at the warning track before crashing face-first into the wall.

Dallas Keuchel (9-5) allowed four runs on eight hits and a walk over 6 2/3 frames to notch the win.

Yu Darvish (8-5) struck out eight, but surrendered six runs on 10 hits over six frames for the Rangers, who have lost 18 of their last 21 games.

The game was tied 4-4 after five innings before the Astros plated a pair in the sixth and seventh frames to surge ahead. Jon Singleton and Chris Carter singled around a Matt Dominguez pop out to begin the sixth before Corporan sliced a double the other way that just got down before a sliding Shin-Soo Choo could get to it, plating Singleton and Carter.

Grossman hit a one-out single in the seventh and Springer followed with his two-run shot to right and give Houston an 8-4 advantage.

Texas opened the scoring with a run in the first, but Houston pushed across two runs in the top of the second. Alex Rios whacked a two-out double in the first and scored on an Adrian Beltre base hit to right.

Corporan hammered a two-out double in the second and came around to score on Enrique Hernandez's triple off the base of the wall in left. He later came home on a Darvish wild pitch.

The Rangers, though, answered with three runs in the home half. Dan Robertson cracked a two-run double and Choo added a sacrifice fly to give the hosts a 4-2 lead.

Houston plated a run in the third and another in the fifth to tie it.

Grossman's RBI single in the third and his solo blast down the right-field line in the fifth allowed the Astros to knot the contest.

Game Notes

The Rangers moved behind the Astros with the worst record in MLB ... Houston was 4-for-11 with runners in scoring position, while the Rangers finished 2- for-11.

07/09 23:26:22 ET

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