- Associated Press - Thursday, May 7, 2015

HOUSTON (AP) - After a long stretch of outstanding baseball, the Houston Astros stumbled as soon as Texas arrived in town.

Carlos Peguero hit a pair of solo homers, Shin-Soo Choo had a two-run shot and the Rangers routed the Astros 11-3 Wednesday night behind eight strong innings from Colby Lewis.

Adrian Beltre was a home run shy of the cycle for the Rangers, who finished a three-game sweep. Houston had won 10 straight entering the series, but was outscored 20-5 over the three games.

“This is just a series to forget,” manager A.J. Hinch said. “A day to forget. Obviously, Sam (Deduno) early on had a couple of walks. Then, they hit the ball out of the ballpark. Sort of the same way we were winning games the last 10 days. Really never got into the start where he was in control of innings.”

Deduno was tagged for a career-high 10 runs and 11 hits in 4 2-3 innings. He was making his second start for Houston after five relief appearances.

“They were pretty good,” Deduno said. “They were hitting everything. I know I walked two in the first inning. They swung pretty good today.”

Hinch would not discuss Deduno’s future in the rotation after the game.

“That’s not something I want to address five minutes or 10 minutes after a game,” Hinch said. “Obviously, there can be a ton of quick questions about it. We’ll talk about it as a group, sit down with Sam and how we get him better. But we’ve got the full series in Anaheim and the off day before we have to address it.”

In other news, Houston outfielder George Springer was placed on the seven-day concussion disabled list after crashing into the wall Tuesday night while making a spectacular catch.

“Hopefully, he bounces back quickly,” Hinch said. “He’ll go through the exercise of getting cleared to play again. We lose a lot of energy. We lose great defense. Every team goes through some of these injuries and the next guy has to step up. I love the way George plays.”

Lewis (2-2) allowed one run and six hits to earn his first win in nearly a month. He struck out six and walked one.

Chris Carter hit a two-run homer in the ninth for the Astros.

Peguero drove in three runs and had the first multihomer game this season by a Rangers player. Texas set a season high for runs and swept a series for the first time since Sept. 22-24 last year against the Astros.

Peguero connected with one out in the second, and Robinson Chirinos scored on Delino DeShields’ groundout before a slumping Choo upped the lead to 4-0 with a two-run homer.

The Rangers tacked on two more in the third as Beltre scored on a wild pitch and Chirinos extended the lead to 6-0 with an RBI double.

Texas added four more runs in the fifth off Deduno (0-1), with Peguero hitting a sacrifice fly before Chirinos drove in two with a double and Deshields capped the inning with an RBI single.

Jonathan Villar had an RBI single in the eighth for the Astros.


Rangers: OF Josh Hamilton (right shoulder) went 0 for 4 with a walk in an extended spring training game, playing five innings in left field. He will take live batting practice Thursday against LHP Matt Harrison, on the 60-day DL following spinal fusion surgery. … OF Leonys Martin missed his second straight game with a sprained left wrist, which he injured Monday.

Astros: To fill Springer’s roster spot, OF Preston Tucker will be called up from Triple-A Fresno. … LHP Brett Oberholtzer (left index finger blister) was set to make his second rehab appearance for Fresno.


Rangers: RHP Nick Martinez (2-0) starts Thursday in the opener of a four-game series at Tampa Bay. Martinez is second in the AL with a 0.84 ERA, and Texas is 5-0 in his starts.

Astros: Collin McHugh (4-0) faces the Los Angeles Angels in the opener of a four-game series. McHugh has won his last 11 decisions dating to August 2014 and would tie a franchise record by winning his next one.


After hitting no home runs in his first 14 games, Carter has four in his last 13 games. … RHP Will Harris saw his scoreless streak snapped at 26 games and 28 2-3 innings with Peguero’s seventh-inning homer. Harris’ streak was the longest active one in the majors and dated to August 2014.

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