Brandon McCarthy celebrates going the distance in the Lone Star series finale. (AP)
By T.R. Sullivan / MLB.com
The Rangers, behind Brandon McCarthy's first career shutout, used homers by Josh Hamilton, Ian Kinsler and Jarrod Saltalamacchia to drop the Astros in the finale and claim bragging rights to the Lone Star series with a decisive sweep.
BATTING 2B: Byrd (15, Hampton), Hamilton (3, Hampton), Young, M (16, Hampton), Andrus (4, Ortiz, Ru). HR: Hamilton (6, 1st inning off Hampton, 0 on, 2 out), Kinsler (12, 3rd inning off Hampton, 0 on, 0 out), Saltalamacchia
(5, 4th inning off Hampton, 0 on, 0 out). TB: Saltalamacchia 4; Davis, C; Kinsler 4; Andrus 2; Hamilton 7; Cruz, N 2; Young, M 2; Byrd 2. RBI: Hamilton (20), Kinsler (33), Cruz, N (31), Byrd (19), Saltalamacchia (19). 2-out RBI: Hamilton. Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Davis, C 2; Byrd; McCarthy 2. SF: Byrd. Team RISP: 1-for-6. Team LOB: 8.
BASERUNNING SB: Cruz, N (7, 2nd base off Hampton/Quintero). CS: Cruz, N (1, 3rd base by Hampton/Quintero).