New All-Star Castro homers, Astros top Rangers 9-5

New All-Star Castro homers, Astros top Rangers 9-5
July 6, 2013, 11:17 pm
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Texas Rangers starting pitcher Yu Darvish (11) of Japan works against the Houston Astros in the first inning of a baseball game Saturday, July 6, 2013, in Arlington, Texas. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)

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ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) Jason Castro hit a tiebreaking three-run homer hours after being chosen for his first All-Star team, and the Houston Astros beat Yu Darvish and the Texas Rangers 9-5 on Saturday night.

The catcher's drive just to the right of the lawn in center field came off Robbie Ross in the seventh inning but made a loser of Darvish (8-5), who had a rough night after earning his second All-Star nod in two years in the majors.

The Astros built a 4-0 lead on a two-run homer by Brandon Barnes in the fourth and a two-run single from fellow rookie Marc Krauss an inning later.

Geovany Soto pulled the Rangers even in the sixth, following Mitch Moreland's sacrifice fly, with a three-run homer off Wesley Wright.

Travis Blackley (1-0) got the win with 1 1-3 innings of scoreless relief.