MLB: Texas 4, Houston 2

Aug. 20, 2013 at 11:57 PM

ARLINGTON, Texas, Aug. 20 (UPI) -- Adrian Beltre's two-run homer in the sixth inning powered the Texas Rangers to a 4-2 win over cross-state rival Houston Tuesday.

Beltre, who went 2-for-4, gave the Rangers a 3-2 lead, and the Texas staff held the Astros scoreless after the second inning en route to their 17th win in their last 21 games.

Neal Cotts (5-2) was credited with the win in 1 1/3 innings of relief. Joe Nathan nabbed his 37th save by striking out the side in the ninth.

Rookie Jarred Cosart (1-1) took the loss for Houston. The 23-year-old Cosart, who made his major league debut July 12, allowed three runs on four hits over six innings, allowing more than two runs in a start for the first time in his career. He still owns a 1.60 earned-run average through 45 innings in seven starts.

Houston took an early 2-0 lead on a two-run homer by Matt Dominguez, but Texas cut it to 2-1 in their half of the second on a double by Beltre followed by an RBI single by Alex Rios.

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