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Astros claim Silver Boot
Big inning boosts Astros
The Astros scored seven runs in the fourth inning, capped by a three-run double from Eric Munson, and went on beat the Rangers. Munson finished with three hits and five RBIs, and starter Wandy Rodriguez notched his ninth win of the season.
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 Taveras drives in two
 Munson plates three
Astros 9, Rangers 5
Houston's Craig Biggio runs out of the box en route to an RBI single on Sunday night. (Matt Slocum/AP)
Series at a glance:
Texas falls in series finale
Kevin Millwood, who had to leave in the fourth with a strained biceps tendon, gave up six runs on nine hits in 3 1/3 innings, and the Rangers went on to lose to the Astros. Ian Kinsler connected on three doubles for Texas.
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TODAY'S WRAPS: July 02, 2006
HOU
Houston (40-42)
Won 2
Houston 9, Texas 5   TEX
Texas (41-41)
Lost 2
July 2, 2006
   1   2   3   4   5   6   7   8   9   R   H   E 
Houston
2 0 0 7 0 0 0 0 0   9 16 0
Texas
0 4 0 1 0 0 0 0 0   5 9 1
Standings thru 7/2/06  |  Gameday  |  Astros Stats  |  Rangers Stats
HoustonABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Biggio, DH3121100.271
Lamb, 1B5120014.330
Ensberg, 3B5211001.240
Berkman, RF5130012.319
Wilson, LF3100202.288
Munson, C5035011.239
Burke, 2B5110004.296
Everett, SS5120000.237
Taveras, CF4122000.266
Totals4091693314 

BATTING
2B: Biggio (25, Millwood), Taveras (10, Millwood), Ensberg (14, Mahay), Munson (4, Mahay).
TB: Biggio 3; Lamb 2; Ensberg 2; Berkman 3; Munson 4; Burke; Everett 2; Taveras 3.
RBI: Munson 5 (17), Taveras 2 (20), Biggio (29), Ensberg (43).
2-out RBI: Munson 5.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Burke 2; Lamb 2.
GIDP: Wilson; Burke.
Team LOB: 8.

FIELDING
DP: 2 (Everett-Lamb, Ensberg-Burke-Lamb).

 
TexasABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Matthews, CF5042000.334
DeRosa, RF5000016.332
Young, SS4000020.315
Teixeira, 1B4000020.268
Blalock, 3B3100110.276
Mench, DH4000001.271
Kinsler, 2B4131000.317
Laird, C3211011.333
Hairston, LF2111202.219
Totals345953710 

BATTING
2B: Kinsler 3 (10, Rodriguez, Rodriguez, Rodriguez), Laird (10, Rodriguez), Matthews 2 (27, Rodriguez, Rodriguez).
TB: Matthews 6; Kinsler 6; Laird 2; Hairston.
RBI: Kinsler (24), Laird (13), Hairston (7), Matthews 2 (43).
2-out RBI: Kinsler; Laird; Hairston; Matthews 2.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: DeRosa 5.
GIDP: Hairston; DeRosa.
Team LOB: 6.

FIELDING
E: Feldman (3, pickoff).
Outfield assists: Hairston (Everett at 2nd base).
DP: 2 (Young-Kinsler-Teixeira, Blalock-Kinsler-Teixeira).

 
HoustonIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Rodriguez (W, 9-5)5.17552304.97
Qualls 1.21000103.88
Miller 0.20000203.86
Springer 0.10000003.95
Wheeler 0.21001103.93
Lidge (S, 20)0.10000005.26
 
TexasIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Millwood (L, 8-5)3.19661004.83
Mahay 0.23331103.38
Feldman 2.22001205.27
Benoit 1.11000005.18
Otsuka 1.01000002.25

WP: Rodriguez, Lidge.
IBB: Wilson (by Mahay).
HBP: Laird (by Qualls), Biggio (by Feldman).
Pitches-strikes: Rodriguez 96-61, Qualls 9-7, Miller 11-8, Springer 9-6, Wheeler 20-12, Lidge 5-2, Millwood 63-39, Mahay 20-10, Feldman 52-29, Benoit 11-8, Otsuka 5-5.
Ground outs-fly outs: Rodriguez 7-6, Qualls 4-0, Miller 0-0, Springer 0-1, Wheeler 0-1, Lidge 0-1, Millwood 4-5, Mahay 1-0, Feldman 3-3, Benoit 2-2, Otsuka 3-0.
Batters faced: Rodriguez 25, Qualls 5, Miller 2, Springer 1, Wheeler 4, Lidge 1, Millwood 19, Mahay 6, Feldman 12, Benoit 4, Otsuka 3.
Inherited runners-scored: Qualls 1-0, Lidge 2-0, Mahay 1-1, Benoit 2-0.
Umpires: HP: Brian Knight. 1B: Paul Emmel. 2B: Bruce Froemming. 3B: Mike Winters.
Weather: 90 degrees, cloudy.
Wind: 10 mph, In from CF.
T: 3:06.
Att: 39,300.

Box score official statistics approved by Major League Baseball Office of the Commissioner
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