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MLB: Texas 4, Houston 1

May 19, 2012 at 12:01 AM   |   Comments

HOUSTON, May 18 (UPI) -- Adrian Beltre drove in the first and last Texas runs Friday and three relievers combined to give up a lone hit in the Rangers' 4-1 win over Houston.

Beltre delivered a sacrifice fly in the third and Nelson Cruz singled home Josh Hamilton later in the inning. Beltre scored the third Texas run on a double by Michael Young in the fifth.

The Rangers expanded their lead in the seventh on a solo shot by Beltre, his eighth homer of the season.

Neftali Feliz limited Houston to a run on four hits, but he walked six and was relieved by Robbie Ross with two on and two out in the fifth.

Ross (5-0) ended the threat by getting Brian Bogusevic to ground into a fielder's choice and then worked two more innings to collect the victory.

Joe Nathan struck out one during a perfect ninth for his ninth save.

Wandy Rodriguez (3-4) was charged with the loss. He gave up all four runs on 10 hits over six-plus innings. Houston had won two straight.

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