ARLINGTON, Texas, May 18 (UPI) -- Carlos Lee's sacrifice fly capped a two-run fifth inning Sunday and the Houston Astros held on to edge the Texas Rangers 5-4.
Lee's 31st RBI of the season gave Houston a 5-0 lead, but Texas came within 5-4 in the bottom of the eighth on Frank Catalanotto's run-scoring double.
Winner Brandon Backe (3-5) was charged with three earned runs and five hits in 6 1/3 innings with no walks and five strikeouts.
Closer Jose Valverde threw the final 1 1/3 innings to record his 12th save, striking out the side in the ninth.
The losing pitcher was starter Kason Gabbard (1-1).