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Friday, August 9th (All times Eastern)

Texas Rangers (65-50) at Houston Astros (37-76), 8:10 p.m.

Probable Starting Pitchers: Texas - Matt Garza (1-1, 2.82) Houston - Erik Bedard (3-8, 4.29)

(Sports Network) - Right-hander Matt Garza takes the mound for the fourth time with the Texas Rangers on Friday night when they head to Minute Maid Park to open a three-game series with the host Houston Astros.

Garza began the season with the Chicago Cubs and was 6-1 in 11 starts with a stingy 3.17 earned run average through 71 innings.

He was dealt to the Rangers on July 22 in a transaction that sent Justin Grimm, Mike Olt, a minor-leaguer and players to be named later to the Cubs.

Garza debuted with the Rangers two days later and was a 3-1 winner over the New York Yankees after allowing an unearned run on five hits in 7 1/3 innings of work.

In two subsequent starts, which have yielded a loss and a no-decision, he's given up 13 hits and seven runs in 15 innings.

He's 2-3 in seven career starts against Houston.

For the Astros, veteran lefty Erik Bedard makes a seventh try for his first win since June 26.

The 34-year-old Canadian was 3-3 on the season after a 4-3 defeat of the St. Louis Cardinals, but has since gone 0-5 in six starts - in spite of lowering his earned run average from 4.44 to 4.29.

The Astros have lost each of the last six games he's pitched, while scoring just 10 runs and being shut out three times.

In those six outings, Bedard has allowed 19 runs in 28 hits in 34 innings.

He is 5-5 in 18 meetings with Texas, including a 5-4 loss on July 7 in which he worked 6 1/3 innings and allowed five runs.

On Wednesday in Anaheim, Adrian Beltre went 3-for-4 with a two-run home run, three RBI and four runs scored as the Rangers thumped the LA Angels of Anaheim, 10-3, to sweep a three-game set.

Mitch Moreland and David Murphy each drove in two runs, while Leonys Martin and Elvis Andrus each scored twice for the Rangers, who have won four straight and nine of 10.

"It's nice to be back in the hunt again," Rangers manager Ron Washington said. "We have to continue to play our baseball. To be successful you have to win your division. The whole team is playing tremendous baseball. Tonight was a step forward."

Alexi Ogando (5-3) pitched five innings to get the win, giving up two runs and four hits with two walks and four strikeouts.

The Rangers had seven stolen bases with Martin and Andrus each having three.

"We've been more consistent getting big hits. First place is the place we're supposed to be," Beltre said. "It was fun tonight. We found a way to score runs. We took advantage of a team that is not playing well right now."

In Houston, Stephen Drew cracked a go-ahead three-run homer in the ninth and the Boston Red Sox rallied for a second straight day to defeat the Astros, 7-5, and claim the rubber match of a three-game set.

Drew stepped to the plate after Josh Fields (1-2) gave up David Ortiz's fourth hit of the day and a walk to Jonny Gomes, and sent a no-doubter into the right field seats to put the Red Sox in front.

The Astros held a five-run lead on Tuesday before losing 15-10, and failed to maintain a three-run edge in Wednesday's series finale. Robbie Grossman went 2-for-4 with a two-run homer in the team's sixth defeat in seven games.

The Rangers won seven of the first nine games between the teams in 2013, including two of three on their home field from July 5 to 7.

08/09 10:42:00 ET

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Scoreboard
Local
Final
CHA 104
LAL 103
Final
GT 49
UNC 81
 
2nd
CLEM 33
NCSU 34
 
Final
DET 15
BAL 2
 
Final
MIA 7
MIAFLA 1
 
Final
PHI 5
NYY 5
 
Final
BOS 2
NEASTERN 1
 
Final
TOR 7
PIT 8
 
Final
CIN 10
CLE 0
 
Final
OAK 9
SFG 4
 
Final
BOS 1
BOSTONCOLL 0
 
Final
ARI 4
ASU 0
 
Final
CLE 110
BOS 79
Final
CHA 104
LAL 103
Final
NYK 86
SAC 124
Final
ATL 104
HOU 96
Final
MEM 82
UTA 93
 
4th
CHI 95
WAS 92
 
Half
DEN 55
MIL 51
 
Final
UMO 70
AKR 63
 
Final
NAVY 56
ARMY 52
 
Final
BST 60
EMICH 67
 
Final
BUT 54
GEOR 60
 
Final
IND 63
IOWA 77
 
Final
FLGC 81
JVU 63
 
Final
USCU 90
KNST 54
 
Final
BGU 80
KSU 81
 
Final
NKENTUCKY 73
LIP 76
 
Final
HC 62
GHND 45
 
Final
RUTG 50
MD 60
 
Final
GT 49
UNC 81
 
Final
BUF 93
OHIO 66
 
Final
ALA 74
MISS 82
Final
DAY 75
RIU 59
Final
CMICH 85
TOL 77
 
Final
DET 77
YOUNG 67
 
Final
UNF 81
STET 67
 
Final
ABCHRIST 83
HOUB 71
 
Final
NDAK 78
NEOM 80
 
Final
NILL 65
WMICH 63
 
Final
ILLCH 60
WRST 57
 
2nd
MIZZ 41
AUB 44
 
2nd
UGA 35
KENT 37
 
2nd
NW 41
MICH 44
 
2nd
CLEM 33
NCSU 34
 
2nd
UF 33
TEXAM 29
 
2nd
KU 30
WVU 42
 
Half
CREI 30
VILL 29
 
Final
PHI 2
CAL 3
Final
NJD 3
NAS 1
Final
CLB 3
WAS 5
Final
TAM 3
BUF 0
3rd
FLA 2
TOR 3
 
3rd
MIN 2
OTT 2
 
2nd Intermission
DAL 0
NYI 1
 
2nd
ARI 1
ANA 2
 
1st
VAN 0
SJS 3