ARLINGTON — Mauricio Dubón ripped a two-run double into left field to put the Astros ahead and came around to score during a three-run sixth inning that propelled Houston to a 5-3 win over the Rangers in the opening game of a big American League West series Friday night.

The Astros won their third game in a row to get within four games of the first-place Rangers in the AL West with three games in the series remaining. Houston improved to 13-4 in its last 17 games at Globe Life Field since 2021.

Jose Altuve crushed the first pitch of the game from Rangers starter Jon Gray for his fifth homer, but back-to-back homers by Josh Jung and Jonah Heim in the fourth put the Rangers ahead, 3-1. Altuve drove in a run in the fifth before the go-ahead hit in the sixth by Dubón, who was starting at shortstop in place of Jeremy Peña (stiff neck).

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