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With Diaz grand slam, Astros beat Rangers

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Aledmys Diaz hit a grand slam and the Houston Astros thrashed Martin Perez to beat the Texas Rangers 7-5 on Tuesday night.

Pérez (9-3) tied his career high by allowing seven innings in just over five innings and ended his longest-in-major and career-best nine-game winning streak. He had 19 starts without losing and his last loss was on April 17.

The Astros ended a two-game losing streak without manager Dusty Baker, who remains out after testing positive for COVID-19 on Thursday.

Baker was isolated in a hotel room in Cleveland all weekend before taking a private jet back to Houston on Monday.

Puerto Rican Joe Espada, bench coach, will be the manager of the American League West leaders until Baker returns.

Mexico’s José Urquidy (11-4) gave up five runs, giving up a career-low three homers in five innings, but got his third win thanks to offense.

For the Rangers, Cuban Adolis Garcia 3-1 with a run scored and an RBI. Dominican Leody Taveras 4-0. The Colombian Meibrys Viloria 1-0.

For the Astros, Venezuelan José Altuve 4-2 with two runs scored and one RBI. Cubans Yuli Gurriel 2-0, Yordan Álvarez 4-0 and Díaz 4-1 with one run scored and four RBIs. The Dominican Jeremy Peña 3-0. Puerto Rican Christian Vázquez 3-1.

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