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Pence delivers
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Astros 5, Rangers 3
Hunter Pence celebrates his go-ahead homer with Darin Erstad. (Ronald Martinez/Getty)
Arlington native Hunter Pence belted a tiebreaking homer in the eighth to lead the Astros to their first win in six games vs. the Rangers this season. The bullpen also shined, keeping Texas off the board after Brandon Backe yielded three runs over four innings in his first start of the season.
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Series at a glance:
HOU
Houston (30-35)
Won 1
Houston 5, Texas 3   TEX
Texas (37-28)
Lost 1
June 18, 2009
   1   2   3   4   5   6   7   8   9   R   H   E 
Houston
0 0 0 0 1 2 0 2 0   5 11 1
Texas
1 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0   3 7 0
Standings thru 6/18/09  |  Recap: HOU | TEX  |  Gameday  |  Astros stats  |  Rangers stats
Houston AB R H RBI BB SO LOB AVG
Bourn, CF 5 0 2 1 0 1 1 .295
Keppinger, 3B 3 1 0 0 1 0 1 .256
Tejada, M, SS 4 1 1 0 1 0 1 .341
Lee, Ca, DH 4 0 2 1 1 0 0 .315
Berkman, 1B 4 0 0 0 1 1 4 .243
Pence, RF 4 1 1 1 0 1 3 .326
Matsui, K, 2B 4 0 2 0 0 0 0 .231
Erstad, LF 4 1 1 0 0 1 4 .119
Quintero, C 4 1 2 1 0 0 3 .300
Totals 36 5 11 4 4 4 17  

BATTING
2B: Erstad (2, Padilla).
3B: Bourn (5, Jennings).
HR: Pence (10, 8th inning off Jennings, 0 on, 0 out).
TB: Erstad 2; Lee, Ca 2; Tejada, M; Bourn 4; Quintero 2; Pence 4; Matsui, K 2.
RBI: Quintero (9), Lee, Ca (42), Pence (28), Bourn (15).
2-out RBI: Quintero; Bourn.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Berkman 3; Quintero 2; Keppinger.
SAC: Keppinger.
GIDP: Erstad.
Team RISP: 3-for-10.
Team LOB: 9.

FIELDING
E: Quintero (4, throw).
Outfield assists: Pence (Andrus at 1st base).
DP: 3 (Keppinger-Berkman, Pence-Berkman, Tejada, M-Berkman).

 
Texas AB R H RBI BB SO LOB AVG
Kinsler, 2B 4 0 0 0 0 0 3 .267
Young, M, 3B 4 1 2 1 0 1 0 .323
Blalock, DH 3 0 0 0 1 0 0 .247
Cruz, N, RF 4 1 1 0 0 1 2 .278
Murphy, Dv, LF 3 0 2 0 1 0 0 .266
Byrd, CF 4 0 0 0 0 0 3 .287
Davis, C, 1B 4 1 1 1 0 2 3 .201
Teagarden, C 3 0 0 0 0 1 1 .228
  a-Jones, An, PH 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 .243
Andrus, SS 1 0 1 0 2 0 0 .260
Totals 31 3 7 2 4 5 13  

a-Lined out for Teagarden in the 9th.

BATTING
HR: Young, M (9, 1st inning off Backe, 0 on, 1 out), Davis, C (13, 2nd inning off Backe, 0 on, 2 out).
TB: Andrus; Davis, C 4; Cruz, N; Young, M 5; Murphy, Dv 2.
RBI: Young, M (26), Davis, C (28).
2-out RBI: Davis, C.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Davis, C; Teagarden; Cruz, N; Jones, An.
GIDP: Kinsler.
Team RISP: 1-for-8.
Team LOB: 5.

BASERUNNING
SB: Cruz, N (11, 3rd base off Backe/Quintero), Murphy, Dv (5, 2nd base off Wright, W/Quintero), Byrd (3, 2nd base off Valverde/Quintero).

FIELDING
PB: Teagarden 2 (2).
DP: (Kinsler-Andrus-Davis, C).

 
Houston IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Backe 4.0 4 3 3 1 0 2 10.38
Wright, W 2.2 0 0 0 2 3 0 6.06
Arias (W, 1-0) 0.1 0 0 0 0 1 0 2.45
Hawkins (H, 4) 1.0 2 0 0 1 0 0 2.40
Valverde (S, 3) 1.0 1 0 0 0 1 0 3.97
 
Texas IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Padilla 6.0 7 3 3 3 4 0 4.79
Jennings (L, 2-2) 2.0 4 2 2 1 0 1 3.34
Grilli 1.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 5.55

WP: Backe.
Pitches-strikes: Backe 60-34, Wright, W 41-25, Arias 7-4, Hawkins 20-12, Valverde 10-10, Padilla 107-64, Jennings 27-18, Grilli 18-12.
Groundouts-flyouts: Backe 7-2, Wright, W 0-4, Arias 0-0, Hawkins 1-1, Valverde 1-0, Padilla 9-2, Jennings 4-1, Grilli 1-2.
Batters faced: Backe 16, Wright, W 9, Arias 1, Hawkins 5, Valverde 4, Padilla 27, Jennings 11, Grilli 3.
Inherited runners-scored: Arias 1-0.
Umpires: HP: Tim Tschida. 1B: Bob Davidson. 2B: Jeff Nelson. 3B: Mark Carlson.
Weather: 94 degrees, partly cloudy.
Wind: 15 mph, In from RF.
T: 3:00.
Att: 25,445.
Venue: Rangers Ballpark in Arlington.
June 18, 2009
June 18, 2009

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