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Box > Texas 7, Houston 3
Rangers ride six from Nix
Brad Ausmus got the Astros out to an early lead with a second-inning single on Friday, but the visitors ended up spending much of the night playing comeback. Starter Brandon Backe took the loss after allowing five earned runs over seven innings.
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Laynce Nix crosses home after launching a three-run homer in the fourth inning. (LM Otero/AP)
Kenny Rogers' scoreless inning streak ended at 31 on Friday night, but he still surged to his fifth straight victory thanks to six RBIs from center fielder Laynce Nix. Michael Young contributed three hits as the Rangers claimed the Lone Star opener.
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HOU
Houston (15-26)
Lost 3
Texas 7, Houston 3   TEX
Texas (22-20)
Won 1
May 20, 2005
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Houston
0 1 0 0 0 1 0 1 0   3 10 0
Texas
0 1 0 3 0 0 0 3 X   7 9 0
Standings through 5/20/05  |  Gameday  |  Astros Stats  |  Rangers Stats
HoustonABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Taveras, CF4020000.258
b-Lamb, PH1000000.214
Vizcaino, 1B4010003.255
Biggio, 2B4220001.314
Berkman, DH4010002.190
1-Self, PR-DH0000000.333
Ensberg, 3B2101101.310
Lane, RF4021001.236
Everett, SS4000004.230
Ausmus, C3011110.253
Bruntlett, LF3010011.059
a-Palmeiro, PH1000000.341
Totals3431032213 

a-Grounded out for Bruntlett in the 9th. b-Grounded out for Taveras in the 9th.
1-Ran for Berkman in the 8th.

BATTING
2B: Lane (10, Rogers), Bruntlett (1, Rogers), Biggio (14, Rogers), Taveras (4, Rogers), Berkman (2, Rogers).
TB: Taveras 3; Vizcaino; Biggio 3; Berkman 2; Lane 3; Ausmus; Bruntlett 2.
RBI: Ausmus (13), Lane (17), Ensberg (19).
2-out RBI: Lane.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Vizcaino 2; Everett.
SF: Ensberg.
Team LOB: 7.

FIELDING
DP: 3 (Vizcaino-Everett-Vizcaino, Everett-Vizcaino, Everett-Biggio-Vizcaino).

 
TexasABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Dellucci, DH2000010.266
a-Allen, PH-DH2000001.289
Young, M, SS3130100.265
Teixeira, 1B4110013.274
Blalock, 3B3100124.278
Soriano, 2B3210101.277
Mench, LF3121100.294
Nix, CF4126001.287
Hidalgo, RF3000103.200
Alomar, C3000002.310
Totals307975415 

a-Flied out for Dellucci in the 4th.

BATTING
2B: Soriano (14, Backe), Mench (9, Backe), Teixeira (10, Franco).
HR: Nix (2, 4th inning off Backe, 2 on, 1 out).
TB: Young, M 3; Teixeira 2; Soriano 2; Mench 3; Nix 5.
RBI: Nix 6 (17), Mench (16).
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Alomar; Allen.
GIDP: Teixeira; Blalock; Hidalgo.
Team LOB: 4.

BASERUNNING
SB: Hidalgo (1, 2nd base off Backe/Ausmus).

FIELDING
Outfield assists: Nix (Lane at home), Mench (Ausmus at home).

 
HoustonIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Backe (L, 3-3)7.07553315.15
Franco 0.11221104.26
Wheeler 0.21001001.65
 
TexasIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Rogers (W, 5-2)8.010332101.73
Cordero 1.00000104.08

Backe pitched to 1 batter in the 8th.

IBB: Soriano (by Franco).
Pitches-strikes: Backe 94-60, Franco 12-6, Wheeler 12-6, Rogers 103-64, Cordero 13-7.
Ground outs-fly outs: Backe 7-11, Franco 0-0, Wheeler 2-0, Rogers 6-15, Cordero 2-0.
Batters faced: Backe 29, Franco 3, Wheeler 3, Rogers 34, Cordero 3.
Inherited runners-scored: Franco 1-0, Wheeler 3-3.
Umpires: HP: Greg Gibson. 1B: Charlie Reliford. 2B: Lance Barksdale. 3B: Chad Fairchild.
Weather: 91 degrees, clear.
Wind: 2 mph, In from RF.
T: 2:33.
Att: 38,109.

Box score official statistics approved by Major League Baseball Office of the Commissioner
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