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Keuchel strikes out career-high 13, Astros blank Rangers

HOUSTON (AP) — Astros ace Dallas Keuchel struck out a career-high 13 in seven scoreless innings, leading Houston over the Texas Rangers 10-0 Sunday.

Keuchel (12-4), the starting pitcher for the American League in the All-Star Game last Tuesday night, retired 18 straight batters during one stretch.

The Rangers piled up a total of 29 hits in the first two games of the series, but couldn’t do anything against Keuchel. He leads the AL with a 2.12 ERA.

Luis Valbuena had four hits and four RBIs, and Colby Rasmus and Preston Tucker had two-run homers.

Yovani Gallardo (7-9) yielded seven hits and tied a season-high with five runs in four-plus innings for his third straight loss.

There was no carry-over on the field from Saturday night’s 7-6 win by Texas where a bench-clearing incident in the ninth-inning included a shouting match between managers.

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