Detroit (15-17) at Texas (18-16)

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  • Game info: 2:05 pm EDT Wed May 11, 2005
  • TV: FSSW
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Pedro Astacio will try to bounce back from several disastrous outings to keep the Texas Rangers’ string of strong starting performances going.

Astacio looks to snap a three-start losing streak as the Rangers wrap up a three-game series with the Detroit Tigers at Ameriquest Field.

Ryan Drese, Kenny Rogers, Chris Young and Chan Ho Park combined to pitch 27 scoreless innings for Texas before Park gave up four runs in the sixth inning of the Rangers’ 5-4 win over the Tigers on Tuesday. The scoreless streak was the second longest in team history behind the 35 in a row in 1981.

The Rangers have allowed just nine runs over their last four games.

“They have been giving us a chance to win more times than not,” Texas manager Buck Showalter said. “It’s pretty hard to do, especially in the majors, in the American League, and sometimes in this ballpark.”

Astacio would love to add to that success.

The Dominican right-hander has allowed 19 earned runs in 10 2-3 innings over his last three starts after giving up just four runs over 22 innings in his first three. His ERA has jumped from 1.64 to 6.34 during the losing streak.

Astacio recorded just two outs in Friday’s 8-6 loss to Cleveland, giving up a season high-tying seven earned runs and seven hits. The only other outing in which Astacio failed to make it through the first inning came in Sept. 2000, when he was struck on his pitching hand by a line drive against the Chicago Cubs.

”(Astacio) has had three good outings and three tough outings,” Showalter said. “He’s pitched good games for us and will again.”

Gary Matthews Jr. hit a tiebreaking homer and Hank Blalock added a homer and three RBIs Tuesday for the Rangers, who have won six of their last eight.

Brandon Inge singled in the tying run for the Tigers, who erased a 4-0 deficit with their big sixth inning. Nook Logan went 3-for-4 with an RBI for Detroit, which had its three-game winning streak snapped.

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W. Ledezma MIN vs. P. Astacio WAS
2-4 Record 6-10
7.07 ERA 4.69
30 K 78
24 BB 37
1.71 WHIP 1.34