ARLINGTON, Texas - Milton Bradley and Marlon Byrd hit
two-run homers early and the Texas Rangers clinched their seventh
consecutive series by beating the Houston Astros 6-2 on Saturday
The last time the Rangers won seven series in a row was 1999,
the season they won their last AL West title. They have won 15 of
21 games in this span, getting back to .500 three weeks after
having the worst record in the major leagues.
Bradley homered in the first and Byrd followed an inning later
to make it 4-1 against Roy Oswalt (4-4), who had won four straight
decisions over six starts since losing his first three starts of
Vicente Padilla (6-2) matched his victory total from last season
by winning his fourth consecutive decision over five starts. The
right-hander allowed two runs and five hits over seven innings.