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MLB: Texas 8, Houston 3

June 16, 2012 at 10:57 PM   |   Comments

ARLINGTON, Texas, June 16 (UPI) -- Nelson Cruz hit a go-ahead homer and Justin Grimm won in his first major league start for Texas Saturday, keying the Rangers' 8-3 decision over Houston.

Trailing 3-0 in the sixth inning, the Rangers loaded the bases with none out against Astros starter Lucas Harrell (6-5) and Adrian Beltre's single scored Craig Gentry from third.

The next batter, Cruz, unloaded on the first pitch he saw, crushing it into the Rangers' bullpen in left-center field for the decisive blow.

The rally made a winner of Grimm (1-0), who was making his first big-league start after being called up from Class AA Frisco. The 23-year-old right-hander yielded three runs on six hits over six innings, walking none and striking out seven.

Belte finished 2-for-4 with two RBI as Texas clinched its three-game interleague set against the Astros.

Harrell ended up allowing five runs on seven hits over 5 1/3 innings.

Jordan Schafer went 3-for-4 with an RBI single in Houston's loss.

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