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Astros hit 6 homers in 9-7 win over Rangers to close gap

By KRISTIE RIEKEN
AP Sports Writer

HOUSTON (AP) - Carlos Correa and Jose Altuve hit two homers apiece as the Houston Astros connected a season-high six times in a 9-7 win over the Rangers on Saturday, cutting Texas' lead in the AL West to 3 1/2 games.

The victory breaks an eight-game losing streak to the Rangers and ends a three-game skid overall for Houston, which increased its lead for the second AL wild card spot to one game over the Angels, who play later Saturday.

Chris Carter and Colby Rasmus also homered for the Astros, who are second in the majors with 216 longballs this season. The six homers Texas gave up were a season high.

The Astros trailed by 3 early before Correa's second home run, this one a two-run shot, tied it at 4-in the third. Carter's 418-foot home run to left-center put Houston on top 5-4 in the sixth and Rasmus's two-run drive extended the lead to 8-4 in the seventh.

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