ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) - Carlos Lee hit a go-ahead two-run
homer and Brandon Backe pitched into the seventh inning to stop a
personal three-game losing streak, helping the Houston Astros beat
the Tampa Bay Rays 3-2 on Sunday.
The Astros went ahead on Lee's two-out, two-run shot off Scott
Kazmir in the sixth, and Backe and the bullpen made the 3-2 lead
stand up. Jose Valverde pitched the ninth for his 18th save in 22
Backe (5-8) went 6 2-3 innings, allowing two runs and six hits
with five strikeouts and four walks. Wesley Wright replaced Backe
with two on and two out in the seventh and struck out Carl Crawford
to end the inning.
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