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Rangers recap: Offense explodes to lead sweep of first-place Astros

Pitching: Colby Lewis held the Astros to three hits through seven innings before allowing a run in the eighth on lead-off double and single to left. It was Lewis’ longest outing of the season. He struck out six and walked one. He retired 12 of 13 batters during a stretch between the fourth and eighth innings. Spencer Patton pitched the ninth, his first appearance since joining the team Monday. He surrendered a two-run homer to Chris Carter before recording the final out.

Hitting: Carlos Peguero and Shin-Soo Choo both homered in a four-run second. Peguero hit his second homer and third of the season in the seventh. Adrian Beltre was a homer shy of the cycle, after a double in the third, a single in the fifth and a triple to deep center in the sixth. Every Rangers starter hit safely except for Elvis Andrus. Robinson Chirinos doubled twice, including a two-run drive to left-center field during a four-run fifth inning. The fifth inning started with consecutive singles by Prince Fielder, Beltre and Kyle Blanks. Peguero finished with three hits and a RBI-sac fly in the fifth.

Notable: The Rangers earned their first series sweep since sweeping the Astros last September. Before this series, Texas hadn’t won consecutive games this season. Texas collected a double in its 26th consecutive game, tying for second-longest streak in club history (June-July 1990). The club record is 34 consecutive games with a double in 1996.

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