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August 11, 2013

Perez's complete showing helps Rangers extend winning streak to seven

Rangers 6, Astros 1: Martin Perez loses his shutout bid with two outs in the ninth but finishes with a four-hitter.

Martin Perez pitched the best game of his young career, Alex Rios shined once again and the Texas Rangers pulled away late for a 6-1 victory over the Houston Astros on Sunday afternoon at Minute Maid Park.

Perez threw his first career complete game and was an out away from a shutout. But Chris Carter spoiled the shutout bid by hitting a home run with two outs in the ninth.

Up to that point, Perez had allowed only three hits, two walks and a hit by pitch. Still, it was a pitching gem by Perez, who had a career-high eight strikeouts over his 115-pitch outing.

The Rangers extended their season-long winning streak to seven games, and remained atop the American League West by one game over second-place Oakland. Texas has won 12 of its last 13 after losing 12 of its previous 15.

Astros starter Dallas Keuchel had a perfect game going into the fifth inning before Rios reached on an infield single with one out. Jeff Baker followed with a single, and Geovany Soto drove in Rios with a ground-rule double over the center-field fence.

The Rangers made it 2-0 in the sixth on an RBI single by Rios.

Keuchel kept it a two-run game until the ninth when the Rangers scored four runs. Jurickson Profar had a two-run single, another run scored on an error and Leonys Martin had an RBI single.

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