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Keuchel throws complete-game shutout
Houston Astros' Dallas Keuchel delivers a pitch against the Texas Rangers in the first inning of a baseball game Tuesday, May 13, 2014, in Houston. (AP Photo)
HOUSTON (AP) — Dallas Keuchel pitched a seven-hitter for his first major league shutout, leading the Houston Astros past the Texas Rangers 8-0 on Tuesday night.
Keuchel (4-2) struck out seven without a walk. He gave up just one extra-base hit, a double by Adrian Beltre in the first inning, and threw his second career complete game.
L.J. Hoes and Carlos Corporan each homered and drove in three runs.
The Astros were shut out 4-0 in the series opener, but jumped on Matt Harrison (1-1) for three runs in the second before he left with back stiffness. Hoes hit a two-run homer in the inning.
They were up by four before a four-run fifth inning powered by an RBI single by Hoes and a three-run shot by Corporan.
Keuchel struck out the side in the second inning and was helped by his defense turning double plays in the third, sixth, seventh and ninth innings.
Keuchel's other complete game came on June 23, 2012, against Cleveland.