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Team Report - HOUSTON ASTROS

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INSIDE PITCH

ARLINGTON, Texas -- Progress can be measured in many ways and, for the Houston Astros, it's hard to deny getting out of the basement of the AL West division -- even for one day -- is progress.

Even if manager Bo Porter downplays its significance.

The Astros made the big move Wednesday night with an 8-4 victory over the Texas Rangers that marked Houston's first sweep of the Rangers since 2003.

"It's a long season," Porter said.

Porter was much more enthused by how his team responded to losing seven straight before the Texas series and with catcher Jason Castro and center fielder Dexter Fowler both out.

"The way we came in here, losing seven in a row, the way the guys responded, I'm extremely proud of them," Porter said.

Houston scored 28 runs on 42 hits in the three-game sweep.

"We haven't been paying attention to (the standings)," second baseman Jose Altuve said. "The last three games have been important for us and we're going to try to keep it going.

"Everybody swung the bat great."

NOTES, QUOTES

RECORD: 39-54

STREAK: Won three

NEXT: Friday -- Red Sox (RHP John Lackey, 9-6, 3.84 ERA) at Astros (RHP Scott Feldman, 4-5, 3.86 ERA)

PLAYER NOTES:

--LHP Dallas Keuchel (9-5, 3.20 ERA) snapped a two-game losing streak, giving up four runs on eight hits over 6 2/3 innings of Houston's 8-4 victory over Texas. Keuchel gave up four in the first and second but held the Rangers scoreless over the next 4 2/3 innings. "He's had some great performances this year where it was zero, after zero, after zero -- eight strong innings, even a couple of complete games. But tonight he proved why he's one of the best pitchers in baseball," manager Bo Porter said. "Give up a four spot and grab back control of the game and basically keep their offense right there speaks volumes of his maturing."

--RF Robbie Grossman snapped an 0-fer streak against Texas pitcher Yu Darvish and went 4-for-5 with a home run and two RBIs in the Astros' 8-4 victory. Grossman, recalled on Tuesday from Triple-A Oklahoma City for a third stint with the big club this year, had been 0-for-8 with five strikeouts against Darvish. He also had no hits in his last 28 major league at-bats. "I'm so happy for Robbie Grossman," manager Bo Porter said. "He's worked extremely hard. Some things haven't gone his way, but it showed today that this guy can play at this level. He got the head out and started attacking the baseball."

--CF George Springer had two hits in four at-bats, including his 19th home run of the season, and two RBIs, while also robbing Texas' Alex Rios of extra bases with a leaping catch against the wall in the Astros' 8-4 victory. His home run total trails only the 27 by Jose Abreu of the Chicago White Sox. "He's amazing," 2B Jose Altuve said. "That guy can do anything."

--C Carlos Corporan stayed hot with two doubles, including one that drove in the winning runs in Houston's 8-4 victory over Texas. Corporan has eight hits in his last 17 at-bats after going 2-for-4 in the Astros' sweep. He has hits in his past four games.

QUOTE TO NOTE: "We haven't been paying attention to that. The last three games have been important for us and we're going to try to keep it going." -- 2B Jose Altuve, after the Astros swept Texas and moved percentage points ahead of the Rangers in the AL West.

ROSTER REPORT

MEDICAL WATCH:

--C Jason Castro (soreness under left arm pit) did not play July 7-9. He is day-to-day.

--RHP Collin McHugh (torn right middle fingernail) left his July 6 start due to the finger issue. He is scheduled to make his next start July 12.

--CF Alex Presley (strained right oblique muscle) went on the 15-day disabled list July 8.

--CF Dexter Fowler (right intercostal strain) went on the 15-day disabled list retroactive to June 27.

--RHP Jose Cisnero (right elbow discomfort) went on the 15-day disabled list retroactive to May 7, and he was transferred to the 60-day DL on June 21. He underwent season-ending Tommy John surgery May 28.

--RHP Jesse Crain (right biceps surgery in October 2013) went on the 15-day disabled list retroactive to March 21, and he was transferred to the 60-day DL on May 2. He was shut down as of April 25 due to bursitis. He was throwing off flat ground as of May 6. He threw a bullpen session May 22.

--RHP Matt Albers (right shoulder stiffness) went on the 15-day disabled list retroactive to April 22. Albers threw a short bullpen session on May 4. He threw a 25-pitch bullpen session May 6. Albers was unable to throw a simulated game as scheduled May 9, and he was shut down as of May 12. He remained in Houston when the Astros went on the road May 19. He was rehabbing in Florida as of May 29.

ROTATION:

RHP Scott Feldman

RHP Jarred Cosart

RHP Brad Peacock

LHP Dallas Keuchel

RHP Collin McHugh

BULLPEN:

RHP Chad Qualls (closer)

LHP Darin Downs

LHP Tony Sipp

RHP Jose Veras

RHP Josh Zeid

RHP Anthony Bass

RHP Josh Fields

RHP David Martinez

CATCHERS:

Jason Castro

Carlos Corporan

INFIELDERS:

1B Jon Singleton

2B Jose Altuve

SS Marwin Gonzalez

3B Matt Dominguez

INF Chris Carter

INF Jesus Guzman

OUTFIELDERS:

LF Enrique Hernandez

CF George Springer

RF Robbie Grossman

OF L.J. Hoes

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