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Gabbard goes down
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Astros 5, Rangers 4
Kason Gabbard allowed five runs on nine hits over five innings. (LM Otero/AP)
Entering Sunday, Kason Gabbard had never lost a home start in his Major League career, but that distinction is by the wayside now. But the Rangers hitters didn't go down without a fight, as they stormed back to score four runs in the late innings.
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Series at a glance:
HOU
Houston (25-20)
Won 1
Houston 5, Texas 4   TEX
Texas (22-23)
Lost 1
May 18, 2008
   1   2   3   4   5   6   7   8   9   R   H   E 
Houston
0 0 0 3 2 0 0 0 0   5 13 0
Texas
0 0 0 0 0 0 3 1 0   4 8 0
Standings thru 5/18/08  |  Recap: HOU | TEX  |  Gameday  |  Astros stats  |  Rangers stats
HoustonABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Bourn, CF4020112.192
Matsui, 2B4120102.291
Tejada, SS5231002.344
Berkman, DH5120011.399
Lee, LF4001014.281
  Erstad, LF0000000.313
Pence, RF4120011.289
Loretta, 1B2011202.239
Wigginton, 3B4001025.215
Towles, C4011021.149
Totals3651354820 

BATTING
2B: Loretta (5, Gabbard), Towles (4, Gabbard), Tejada (13, Gabbard).
TB: Bourn 2; Matsui 2; Tejada 4; Berkman 2; Pence 2; Loretta 2; Towles 2.
RBI: Loretta (11), Wigginton (4), Towles (12), Tejada (34), Lee (31).
2-out RBI: Towles.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Matsui; Bourn 2; Wigginton; Loretta; Lee.
SF: Lee.
GIDP: Tejada 2.
Team LOB: 9.

BASERUNNING
SB: Berkman (8, 2nd base off Wilson/Laird).
CS: Bourn 2 (3, 2nd base by Rupe/Laird, 2nd base by Wright/Laird).

FIELDING
DP: (Matsui-Towles).

 
TexasABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Kinsler, 2B4120010.302
Catalanotto, 1B4021000.258
Young, SS4110003.286
Bradley, DH4112021.321
Murphy, RF-CF4111010.284
Laird, C4010000.277
Boggs, LF4000031.246
Byrd, CF2000010.184
  a-Vazquez, PH-3B1000010.333
Duran, 3B2000000.167
  b-Hamilton, PH-RF1000000.318
Totals34484095 

a-Struck out for Byrd in the 8th. b-Grounded out for Duran in the 8th.

BATTING
2B: Catalanotto (8, Valverde).
HR: Bradley (8, 7th inning off Backe, 1 on, 1 out), Murphy (6, 7th inning off Backe, 0 on, 1 out).
TB: Kinsler 2; Catalanotto 3; Young; Bradley 4; Murphy 4; Laird.
RBI: Bradley 2 (25), Murphy (28), Catalanotto (6).
2-out RBI: Catalanotto.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Young.
Team LOB: 3.

FIELDING
DP: 2 (Kinsler-Young-Catalanotto 2).

 
HoustonIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Backe (W, 3-5)6.15330524.58
Brocail (H, 6)1.11110103.38
Valverde (S, 12)1.12000303.91
 
TexasIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Gabbard (L, 1-1)5.09553403.12
Rupe 2.03000103.86
Wright 1.01000103.12
Wilson 1.00001204.82

WP: Wilson.
Pitches-strikes: Backe 91-57, Brocail 26-17, Valverde 27-20, Gabbard 85-49, Rupe 28-19, Wright 10-6, Wilson 17-11.
Ground outs-fly outs: Backe 6-7, Brocail 2-1, Valverde 1-0, Gabbard 9-2, Rupe 2-2, Wright 0-1, Wilson 2-0.
Batters faced: Backe 23, Brocail 5, Valverde 6, Gabbard 26, Rupe 8, Wright 3, Wilson 4.
Inherited runners-scored: Valverde 1-1.
EjectionsHouston Astros Manager Cecil Cooper ejected by 2B umpire Angel Campos. (6th).
Umpires: HP: Eric Cooper. 1B: Marty Foster. 2B: Angel Campos. 3B: Angel Hernandez.
Weather: 89 degrees, sunny.
Wind: 7 mph, Out to CF.
T: 3:00.
Att: 33,561.

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