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Rally slips away
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Rangers 16, Astros 8
Shawn Chacon lasted only 3 1/3 innings on Friday, giving up three home runs. (LM Otero/AP)
The Astros bats continued their confident play, whittling a six-run Rangers lead to a tie with help from a five-run fifth, but it wasn't enough to counteract a career night from Josh Hamilton, who homered twice, along with four other Rangers.
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Series at a glance:
HOU
Houston (24-19)
Lost 1
Texas 16, Houston 8   TEX
Texas (21-22)
Won 1
May 16, 2008
   1   2   3   4   5   6   7   8   9   R   H   E 
Houston
0 2 0 0 5 1 0 0 0   8 12 5
Texas
3 0 1 4 0 0 2 6 X   16 17 1
Standings thru 5/16/08  |  Recap: HOU  |  Gameday  |  Astros stats  |  Rangers stats
HoustonABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Pence, RF4111110.285
Matsui, 2B5021001.288
Tejada, SS5111033.339
Berkman, DH4120001.394
Lee, LF4121001.294
Erstad, 1B4122000.317
Wigginton, 3B4110001.228
Bourn, CF4211000.182
Towles, C4001002.144
Totals388128149 

BATTING
2B: Matsui (9, Ponson), Lee (13, Ponson), Erstad 2 (8, Ponson, Ponson), Tejada (12, Ponson).
TB: Pence; Matsui 3; Tejada 2; Berkman 2; Lee 3; Erstad 4; Wigginton; Bourn.
RBI: Erstad 2 (11), Bourn (7), Towles (11), Pence (23), Tejada (32), Lee (30), Matsui (12).
2-out RBI: Tejada; Lee; Erstad; Matsui.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Berkman; Tejada.
Team LOB: 4.

BASERUNNING
SB: Bourn (18, 2nd base off Francisco/Saltalamacchia).
PO: Berkman (1st base by Wright).

FIELDING
E: Matsui (8, fielding), Wigginton (3, throw), Tejada (5, missed catch), Towles (1, fielding), Bourn (3, fielding).

 
TexasABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Kinsler, 2B3311301.299
Young, SS6323003.289
Hamilton, CF5455100.314
Bradley, DH5020113.315
Murphy, RF6233001.286
Boggs, LF5012106.266
Catalanotto, 1B3000002.247
  a-Shelton, PH-1B2111003.200
Saltalamacchia, C5211020.194
Vazquez, 3B4110101.329
Totals441617167320 

a-Flied out for Catalanotto in the 6th.

BATTING
2B: Boggs (4, Chacon).
3B: Hamilton (3, Wright), Kinsler (1, Villarreal).
HR: Hamilton 2 (10, 3rd inning off Chacon, 0 on, 0 out; 4th inning off Chacon, 2 on, 1 out), Saltalamacchia (1, 4th inning off Chacon, 0 on, 0 out), Murphy (5, 8th inning off Villarreal, 0 on, 0 out), Shelton (2, 8th inning off Villarreal, 0 on, 1 out), Young (4, 8th inning off Villarreal, 1 on, 2 out).
TB: Kinsler 3; Young 5; Hamilton 13; Bradley 2; Murphy 6; Boggs 2; Shelton 4; Saltalamacchia 4; Vazquez.
RBI: Murphy 3 (26), Boggs 2 (10), Hamilton 5 (49), Saltalamacchia (4), Young 3 (23), Shelton (3), Kinsler (20).
2-out RBI: Murphy 2; Boggs 2; Young 3; Hamilton; Kinsler.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Catalanotto; Shelton 2; Bradley; Boggs 2.
Team LOB: 11.

BASERUNNING
SB: Kinsler (12, 2nd base off Wright/Towles).

FIELDING
E: Ponson (2, fielding).
Outfield assists: Boggs (Lee at home).
Pickoffs: Wright (Berkman at 1st base).

 
HoustonIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Chacon 3.16854034.14
Borkowski 2.02000103.93
Wright (L, 3-1)1.13222104.11
Brocail 0.10000103.18
Villarreal 1.06621036.04
 
TexasIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Ponson 5.09730203.52
Francisco (BS, 2)1.03111102.92
Wright (W, 2-1)1.00000003.24
Benoit (H, 7)1.00000005.30
Mathis 1.00000100.00

Francisco pitched to 1 batter in the 7th.

WP: Ponson.
IBB: Bradley (by Wright).
Pitches-strikes: Chacon 75-37, Borkowski 30-21, Wright 39-22, Brocail 6-3, Villarreal 34-23, Ponson 80-55, Francisco 25-16, Wright 6-5, Benoit 12-8, Mathis 12-8.
Ground outs-fly outs: Chacon 5-5, Borkowski 3-2, Wright 2-1, Brocail 0-0, Villarreal 2-1, Ponson 8-4, Francisco 0-2, Wright 1-1, Benoit 2-1, Mathis 2-0.
Batters faced: Chacon 21, Borkowski 8, Wright 10, Brocail 1, Villarreal 11, Ponson 24, Francisco 7, Wright 2, Benoit 3, Mathis 3.
Inherited runners-scored: Brocail 1-0, Wright 1-0.
EjectionsHouston Astros Manager Cecil Cooper ejected by 1B umpire Angel Hernandez. (7th).
Umpires: HP: Angel Campos. 1B: Angel Hernandez. 2B: Eric Cooper. 3B: Marty Foster.
Weather: 77 degrees, clear.
Wind: 4 mph, Out to RF.
T: 3:16.
Att: 32,117.

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