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Jed Lowrie

Holland struggles as Rangers fall to Astros, 9-7

HOUSTON The Rangers starting pitching couldn't hold a big early lead. The bullpen and the defense couldn't keep it close.

The Houston Astros aren't dead yet.

Houston came back from an early deficit against still-struggling starter Derek Holland, took advantage of Mitch Moreland's first error in 91 games and greeted a pair of Rangers relievers with home runs in a 9-7 win Saturday. The win broke the Rangers' eight-game winning streak against the Astros and got Houston back to within 3.5 games of the AL West-leading Rangers with eight games to go. The Rangers magic number remains at five.

The teams meet for the final time this season on Sunday with...