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                 === Astros finally solve Rangers in extras ===
 
 Arlington,  TX  (SportsNetwork.com) - Jose  Altuve plated the game-winning run
 with a sacrifice fly in the 10th inning and the Houston Astros ended a 12-game
 losing streak against the Texas Rangers with a 6-5 triumph on Saturday to even
 this three-game set from Globe Life Park.
 
 Jason  Castro  tripled with one  out in  the top of  the 10th off Joakim Soria
 (1-1)  and  was pinch-ran for  at third by Marwin  Gonzalez. Altuve took a 1-1
 fastball to deep right field, allowing Gonzalez to trot home without a throw.
 
 Anthony  Bass  put two on with  one out in the  bottom of the frame, but Kevin
 Kouzmanoff  struck out and  Michael Choice grounded out to first to end it and
 give Bass his second save of the season.
 
 Choice  went deep off  Kevin Chapman (1-0) in the bottom of the ninth to force
 extras.
 
 "It's  a big win, just the mere fact that they came back and tied it up," said
 Astros  manager Bo  Porter.  "For us  to  come  back and  respond  the way  we
 responded,  to take  the lead and then go  out and get those last three outs I
 thought was huge."
 
 Castro  walked to  start Houston's  five-run fourth  inning off  Texas starter
 Tanner  Scheppers.  Altuve and Chris Carter  followed with singles to load the
 bags  for  Carlos Corporan, whose  sacrifice fly plated Castro. Matt Dominguez
 then  singled  in a run and  Robbie Grossman homered  to give the Astros a 5-2
 lead.
 
 "I  made a couple  bad pitches and they took advantage of it," Scheppers said.
 "I need to stay away from the big innings."
 
 Texas  got a  run back  in the  home half  when Donnie  Murphy scored  on J.P.
 Arencibia's double-play groundout.
 
 The  5-3 lead held  until the eighth, when Alex Rios doubled in a run off Matt
 Albers,  who had  replaced Astros  starter  Jarred Cosart.  Cosart went  seven
 strong innings, allowing just three runs on six hits while fanning eight.
 
 Chapman  took the  mound in the ninth  and surrendered the lead right away, as
 the pinch-hitting Choice took him deep to right.
 
 Earlier, Kouzmanoff put the Rangers on the board with an RBI single to left in
 the  first inning.  It  was 2-0  when Arencibia  grounded  to short,  allowing
 Murphy to score.
 
 
                                   Game Notes
 
 Scheppers  pitched  seven innings,  yielding five  runs on  four hits with six
 strikeouts ... Murphy and Elvis Andrus each scored twice for Texas ... Rangers
 leadoff  hitter Shin-Soo  Choo went 0-for-5 with five strikeouts ... Texas hit
 just 2-for-13 with runners in scoring position.
 
 
 
 
 
 04/13 01:42:42 ET