Series: Game 2 of 3

Texas leads 2-0 (as of 6/29)

Game 1: Tuesday, June 28
Game 2: Wednesday, June 29
Game 3: Thursday, June 30

Rangers 3

(43-38, 20-22 away)

Astros 2

(28-53, 13-30 home)

    8:05 PM ET, June 29, 2011

    Minute Maid Park, Houston, Texas 

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    HOU 000000200 2 7 0

    W: C. Lewis (7-7)

    L: B. Myers (3-7)

    S: N. Feliz (16)

    Rangers-Astros Preview


    The Lone Star Series routinely gives the Texas Rangers a source of momentum.

    They're outright dominating the lowly Houston Astros at Minute Maid Park.

    The Rangers look to continue pounding Astros pitching and send Houston to its eighth straight home loss Wednesday night.

    Texas (42-38) has won 13 of the last 16 meetings with Houston (28-52), including all seven on the road while hitting .303 with 15 homers and outscoring its in-state rivals 43-19.

    The Rangers' dominance in Houston continued with a 7-3 victory Tuesday in the opener of this three-game set. Texas collected 12 hits with seven going for extra bases, including three home runs.

    Josh Hamilton, who homered Tuesday, is batting .478 with six home runs and 18 RBIs in 18 meetings since joining the Rangers at the start of 2008. He's been key to the road winning streak, going 16 for 33 with two homers and six RBIs.

    Major league-worst Houston has dropped seven in a row at home. A loss in this game would give the Astros their first eight-game skid there since a franchise-record 11-game slide July 23-Aug. 17, 1966.

    "We put our heart and soul into every game, and it's not working out. But adversity is when you find out what you're made of," right fielder Hunter Pence said. "It's frustrating. I think everyone's frustrated, that's safe to say. But if you're not, you really shouldn't be here."

    Colby Lewis (6-7, 4.44 ERA) gets a chance to pick up where he left off against the Astros. He battled through back spasms to dominate Houston at home last Wednesday, throwing seven scoreless innings before the bullpen wasted his effort in a 5-3 loss, failing to complete a three-game sweep.

    That was the second straight strong performance for Lewis, who struck out 10 and allowed two runs over 6 2/3 innings in a 6-2 win at Atlanta on June 17.

    "He has been able to spot his fastball and throw some breaking balls," manager Ron Washington told the team's official website. "His snap has definitely returned in his breaking ball and he's hitting his spots better."

    Lewis is 1-1 with a 1.78 ERA in six games -- three starts -- versus Houston.

    The right-hander thrives during interleague play, going 4-2 with a 2.23 ERA in seven starts the past two seasons.

    The Astros send Brett Myers (3-6, 4.65) to the mound hoping he can win at home for the first time in seven starts. The right-hander is 0-4 with a 6.38 ERA in six starts in Houston since beating the Chicago Cubs on April 12.

    However, Myers has pitched effectively his past two outings. He yielded two runs over six innings opposite Lewis last Wednesday, and tossed a four-hitter in a 7-3 victory over the Los Angeles Dodgers five days earlier.

    He's lost his last three interleague decisions, compiling a 5.13 ERA in four starts.

    Myers has served up 20 homers this season, ranking one behind Cincinnati's Bronson Arroyo for the most in the majors.

    Lewis is right behind with 19, two shy of his total from last year.

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    Gameday Matchup

    Current StreakW6L2
    Last 109-14-6

    Pitching Matchup

    C. Lewis
    14-10, 4.40 ERA

    Last Game:
    9/27 at LAA
    6.0 IP, 2 ER
    Dec = Win
    B. Myers
    7-14, 4.46 ERA

    Last Game:
    9/28 at HOU
    5.0 IP, 6 ER
    Dec = Loss

    Gameday Lineups

    1. I. Kinsler, 2B M. Bourn, CF
    2. A. Blanco, SS J. Keppinger, 2B
    3. J. Hamilton, CF H. Pence, RF
    4. A. Beltre, 3B C. Lee, LF
    5. M. Young, 1B M. Downs, 3B
    6. N. Cruz, RF B. Wallace, 1B
    7. M. Moreland, 1B C. Barmes, SS
    8. Y. Torrealba, C C. Corporan, C
    9. C. Lewis, P B. Myers, P