Posted: Jul 9, 2014 9:26 PM
Updated: Jul 9, 2014 9:26 PM
ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) Robbie Grossman snapped an 0-for-28 slide with a career-high four hits and the Houston Astros climbed out of last place in the AL West, completing a three-game sweep with an 8-4 victory over All-Star pitcher Yu Darvish and the Texas Rangers on Wednesday night.
Grossman and rookie George Springer homered for the Astros, who moved into fourth place by a percentage point over slumping Texas.
Dallas Keuchel (9-5), one of five candidates for the final spot on the AL All-Star team, allowed four runs and eight hits over 6 2-3 innings.
The Rangers lost for the 10th time in 11 games and have dropped 18 of 21. At 38-53, their .418 winning percentage is the worst in the majors just behind Arizona and Houston, both 39-54 for a .419 mark.