MLB: Houston 9, Texas 5

July 6, 2013 at 11:46 PM

ARLINGTON, Texas, July 6 (UPI) -- Jason Castro's go-ahead three-run homer in the seventh inning Saturday powered the Houston Astros over Texas 9-5.

The Rangers had erased a 4-0 deficit in the sixth, thanks to a sacrifice fly by Mitch Moreland and three-run homer from Geovany Soto.

But the Astros came right back in the next half-inning. Jose Altuve drew a leadoff walk, chasing Texas starter Yu Darvish, and Brett Wallace was hit by a pitch from reliever Robbie Ross.

Castro, named to his first all-star team earlier Saturday, then followed with a blast to right-center and the Astros went on to even their three-game series.

Marc Krauss went 3-for-4 with two RBI while Brandon Barnes and Jake Elmore each added a two-run homer for the winners.

Travis Blackley (1-0) notched the decision with 1 1/3 scoreless relief frames.

Darvish (8-4) was saddled with the loss, allowing five runs on six hits and four walks in six innings.

Nelson Cruz went 3-for-4 with a solo homer for Texas, which remained a half-game behind American League West-leading Oakland.

Related UPI Stories
Latest Headlines
Trending Stories
Electronics certification company makes hoverboard burst into flames
Eli Manning explains pout after Denver Broncos' Super Bowl score
Duke's Grayson Allen trips Louisville player
Nicola Griffin to appear in Sports Illustrated swimsuit issue at 56
Larry Sanders considering NBA comeback