HOUSTON (AP) - Brett Myers couldn't prevent the Houston Astros from extending their struggles at home.
Myers (3-7) allowed six hits and three runs in seven innings, included two early solo home runs by Ian Kinsler.
Kinsler's home runs were enough to lead the Texas Rangers over the Astros 3-2 on Wednesday night.
Kinsler hit a leadoff homer and also went deep in his next at-bat in the third inning to help Texas to an early 3-0 lead. It was the eighth multi-home run game of his career and his first since August 2009 against the Yankees.
``It's tough running,' Myers said. ``I made a couple mistakes. With that 3-2 count, I didn't want to walk him on the second homer. I did what I was supposed to do, and he hit a homer.'
Myers has given up a Major League-high 22 home runs, which are two more than he allowed last season.
Colby Lewis (7-7) pitched six scoreless innings before giving up a pair of runs in the seventh inning to cut the Rangers lead to one.
He allowed six hits and struck out six as the Rangers won their eighth straight game in Houston.
``We had a tough time getting to Lewis,' Houston manager Brad Mills said. ``We did the same thing there at their place last week. We had a tough time getting to him until late.'
Carlos Lee had a solo homer for the Astros, who have dropped five straight, eight in a row at home and have the worst record in the majors at 28-53.
``You never want to have that at any time,' Mills said of his team's skid at Minute Maid Park. ``Home is the place where you want to get yourself right. Right now, we are going through a tough time. There's no doubt about it.'
Neftali Feliz had a scoreless ninth for his 16th save. Houston had a chance against Feliz as Lee walked in the ninth inning, but was caught stealing on a strikeout by Brett Wallace to end the game.
``It was 3-2 with one out,' Mills said. ``Wallace has done a good job of putting the bat on the ball. Unfortunately, he has nine double plays that he has hit into, but at the same time, we wanted to make sure that hopefully, he would make contact and we could get a guy on second.'
Andres Blanco doubled after Kinsler's fourth leadoff homer of the season and the 17th of his career. Adrian Beltre's single to right field with one out scored Blanco to make it 2-0.
Lee's homer to left field that made it 3-1 came with one out in the seventh inning. Matt Downs doubled to the left field corner on the next pitch before Wallace struck out. Clint Barmes' single to shallow center field scored Downs and got Houston within 3-2.
Carlos Corporan's double to right field chased Lewis. Lewis was replaced by Darren Oliver, who retired pinch hitter Jason Michaels to escape the jam.
Lee was impressed with Lewis.
``That guy was throwing so many strikes it's kind of tough when you have a guy like that going out there, and you are always behind in the count, and instead of being aggressive now, you are being protective,' Lee said. ``That guy did a good job today.'
The Rangers' offense cooled off after the first few innings and Houston retired 15 straight after Lewis hit his first career double to start the fifth inning.
``I made a mistake, and they came out swinging the bats,' Myers said. ``I had to make an adjustment, and I was able to do that for the most part. I tried to keep us in the game the best I could.'
NOTES: Texas SS Elvis Andrus missed his fourth straight game after leaving Friday's game with a sprained left wrist. Washington said he's OK, but he might give him another day off on Thursday. ... Houston claimed OF Luis Durango off waivers from San Diego and optioned him to Triple-A Oklahoma City. The team transferred reliever Alberto Arias to the 60-day disabled list to make room for Durango on the 40-man roster. ... RHP David Carpenter was recalled by the Astros from Oklahoma City and C Brian Esposito was optioned there.
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