HOUSTON (AP) – Framber Valdez tied a career-high with 11 strikeouts in 6 1/3 solid innings, Kyle Tucker homered and the Houston Astros beat the Texas Rangers 2-1 on Thursday night.
Tucker gave the Astros a 2-0 lead with a two-run homer to right in the second.
Valdez (4-3) allowed one run on four hits.
After a single by Anderson Tejeda in the second, Valdez retired 14 of the next 15 batters before a double by Sherten Apostel with one out in the seventh ended the left-hander’s night.
Josh James relieved Valdez and struck out Tejeda before Eli White cut the lead in half with an RBI single to left. James induced a weak groundout by Derek Dietrich to end the seventh.
James pitched a perfect eighth, and Brooks Raley pitched the ninth for his first career save.
Valdez rebounded nicely after being tagged for 13 runs in the last 12 innings over his last two starts.
Jordan Lyles (1-5) allowed two runs on three hits in seven innings in losing his fourth straight decision.