Cruz powers Rangers to 6-3 win over Astros

HOUSTON (AP)—Nelson Cruz homered twice and Hank Blalock also connected to help the Texas Rangers beat the Houston Astros 6-3 on Saturday.

Scott Feldman pitched a season-high 6 2-3 innings and Blalock finished with three hits for the Rangers, who won their second straight in this season’s Lone Star series. Feldman (3-0) allowed three runs and five hits.

Cruz also went deep in the 10th inning Friday night to give the Rangers a 6-5 victory over the Astros.

Miguel Tejada and Geoff Blum homered for Houston. Brian Moehler (1-3) gave up six runs and nine hits in five-plus innings.

Tejada’s first-inning drive to right led to the first replay review of the season at Minute Maid Park. Rangers manager Ron Washington argued a fan interfered with the ball but the umpires upheld the home run after watching the replay.

Cruz hit a three-run homer in the fourth to give Texas a 3-1 lead. Omar Vizquel led off with a single and Josh Hamilton doubled with one out ahead of Cruz’s full-count drive to left.

Cruz and Blalock hit back-to-back drives in the sixth to make it 6-1. Cruz hit Moehler’s first pitch of the inning for his 11th of the season and Blalock followed with his 11th.

C. J. Wilson pitched the ninth for his third save in four tries.

Blum’s two-run shot in the seventh cut it to 6-3. It was Blum’s first home run in 176 at-bats, dating to Sept. 3. It was the longest homerless streak of his career.


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