Final in 11

Series: Game 2 of 3

Texas leads 2-0 (as of 6/21)

Game 1: Monday, June 20
Game 2: Tuesday, June 21
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Game 3: Wednesday, June 22

Astros 4

(27-48, 14-23 away)

Rangers 5

(40-35, 22-13 home)

    8:05 PM ET, June 21, 2011

    Globe Life Park in Arlington, Arlington, Texas 

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    HOU 10200010000 4 12 0
    TEX 01010011001 5 11 2

    W: Y. Tateyama (1-0)

    L: E. Del Rosario (0-2)

    Astros-Rangers Preview


    The Texas Rangers certainly feel comfortable at home.

    The venue hasn't mattered much in the Lone Star Series.

    Southpaw C.J. Wilson looks to help the Rangers continue their dominance of the lowly Houston Astros, who are hoping for Hunter Pence's return from injury Tuesday night.

    Texas (39-35) is 72-43 at home since the start of last season, including a 21-13 mark in 2011.

    Wilson (7-3, 3.03 ERA) has been a big part of the Rangers' success in Arlington, going 15-4 with a 3.62 ERA there over the past two seasons. The left-hander's 15 home victories in that span trail only Detroit's Justin Verlander and Roy Halladay of Philadelphia (both 17) among major leaguers.

    He pitched effectively Thursday at New York, allowing two runs while fanning 10 in eight innings, but failed to earn a decision as Texas fell 3-2 to the Yankees in 12 innings.

    Wilson is also 2-0 with a 2.25 ERA in his last three meetings -- two starts -- with the Astros, playing a significant role in the Rangers' recent success in this series. They've won 11 of the last 13 meetings with Houston.

    That dominance showed few signs of fading Monday, when Texas built a seven-run lead in the third inning en route to an 8-3 win over Houston in the opener of this three-game set.

    "We were able to relax a little bit," said manager Ron Washington, whose club returned home from a 3-7 trip.

    Josh Hamilton has feasted on Houston pitching, batting .491 with four homers and 16 RBIs in 15 meetings since joining the Rangers at the start of 2008. He's been even better in seven home games with Texas, going 14 for 27 with two triples, three homers and 11 RBIs.

    Hamilton had two hits and two RBIs on Monday. Adrian Beltre had three hits and a pair of RBIs, and is hitting .352 in his last 14 games.

    While the Rangers continue to slug the ball, the Astros are hoping Pence can provide a spark at the plate after missing three games with a sprained left elbow.

    "It feels good from where it was," Pence said. "I'm trying to get out there as hard as I can. I feel good enough to take some swings in the cage and hopefully get out there. I'm close, very close."

    Pence leads Houston with a .321 average and 51 RBIs, and had batted .383 in his final 27 games prior to getting hurt. He's 4 for 10 off Wilson.

    Houston (27-47) owns the worst record in baseball, and has dropped 13 of 17.

    Jordan Lyles (0-2, 4.30) will get his first taste of the Lone Star Series when he gets the ball for the Astros.

    The 20-year-old rookie right-hander failed in his fourth attempt at his first career victory Thursday, allowing five runs in 5 2/3 innings of a 5-4 loss to Pittsburgh.

    "Hopefully I will get some wins, I don't like to lose," he said. "They'll come down the road some time."

    Lyles is 0-1 in two road starts, having given up six runs over 11 innings.

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    Gameday Matchup

    Current StreakL2W6
    Last 104-69-1

    Pitching Matchup

    J. Lyles
    2-8, 5.36 ERA

    Last Game:
    9/24 at HOU
    0.1 IP, 2 ER
    Dec = Loss
    C. Wilson
    16-7, 2.94 ERA

    Last Game:
    9/26 vs TEX
    2.0 IP, 0 ER
    Dec = ND

    Gameday Lineups

    1. J. Bourgeois, RF I. Kinsler, 2B
    2. M. Bourn, CF E. Andrus, SS
    3. J. Keppinger, 2B J. Hamilton, LF
    4. C. Lee, DH A. Beltre, 3B
    5. J. Michaels, LF M. Young, DH
    6. C. Johnson, 3B N. Cruz, RF
    7. B. Wallace, 1B M. Moreland, 1B
    8. C. Barmes, SS T. Teagarden, C
    9. C. Corporan, C E. Chavez, CF