The Rangers have won four straight Silver Boot trophies, awarded annually to the victor in the interleague matchup between the two clubs each year. It hasn’t been much of a rivalry, though, lately, as Texas took two of three from the Astros earlier in the year and has won the season series in each of the last two years by a 5-1 margin, while compiling a 13-3 mark against their in- state rivals since the start of the 2009 campaign.
Texas, which has also won seven in a row in Houston, moved one step closer to locking up the trophy on Tuesday, as Ian Kinsler went 2-for-3 with a solo home run and a triple to lead the Rangers to a 7-3 win.
C.J. Wilson (8-3) worked seven strong innings to earn the win, giving up a pair of runs on seven hits while fanning three and walking two. In addition to his work on the mound, Wilson also ripped a triple.
Michael Bourn had a pair of hits, including a triple, for the Astros, who have lost four games in a row and seven of their last eight. Houston has also lost seven in a row at home and another loss tonight would give the Astros their first eight-game skid there since a franchise-record 11-game slide July 23- Aug. 17, 1966.
Jordan Lyles (0-3) worked six innings in defeat for Houston, giving up five runs on 10 hits.
“It just didn’t fall my way tonight,” Lyles said. “I don’t know what the ball- strike ratio was tonight, but it couldn’t have been good.”
Getting the call for the Rangers tonight will be righty Colby Lewis, who is 6-7 with a 4.44 ERA. Lewis was terrific last Wednesday against the Astros, scattering three hits over seven scoreless innings. He didn’t get a decision in that 5-3 loss, though.
Lewis has faced the Astros six times (three starts) and is 1-1 with a 1.78 ERA.
Houston, meanwhile, will rely on veteran Brett Myers, who also received a no- decision against Lewis and the Rangers his last time out. Myers gave up two runs and six hits in six innings of that one. He is 3-6 on the year with a 4.65 ERA.
Myers has yet to receive a decision in two starts versus the Rangers, but has pitched to a lofty 7.88 ERA in those outings.