Smoak powers Rangers past Astros 9-3

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HOUSTON (AP)—Rookie Justin Smoak(notes) homered and drove in a career-high four runs, leading the Texas Rangers to a 9-3 victory over the Houston Astros on Friday night.

The Rangers scored eight times with two out while picking up their sixth consecutive road win on one trip for the first time since May 21-26, 1991. Josh Hamilton(notes) extended his hitting streak to 14 games with a two-run single.

Wandy Rodriguez(notes) (3-10) allowed six runs and four hits in three innings, becoming the first 10-game loser in the NL. He struck out two and walked four.

Scott Feldman(notes) (5-6) pitched seven innings for the Rangers, yielding three runs and nine hits.

Feldman helped himself at the plate in the third, hitting a one-out double that started a six-run rally. Elvis Andrus(notes) then walked before Michael Young(notes) grounded out. Two more walks to Ian Kinsler(notes) and Vladimir Guerrero(notes) forced in the game’s first run.

Hamilton added his big hit and Smoak hit a two-run double to deep right-center field. Matt Treanor(notes) made it 6-0 with a single to left field.

Guerrero went 0 for 3 to end his hitting streak at 13 games but Hamilton went 3 for 5 and is batting .462 during his surge. He also has five homers in his last nine games and 23 RBIs in his last 16 contests.

Smoak connected for his seventh homer in the fifth, hitting a two-run drive to left on Wesley Walker’s first pitch to him.

NOTES: Houston is 2-8 this season in interleague play. It has lost eight of its last nine games against AL opponents and six of its last eight interleague series over the past two years. … Texas OF Nelson Cruz(notes) (left hamstring strain) was assigned to Triple-A Oklahoma City for a rehab stint. … The Astros signed RHP Michael Foltynewicz, one of their two first-round picks in the draft. … Rodriguez entered the game 2-0 with 16 strikeouts against the Rangers at Minute Maid Park.

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