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ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) - Yunel Escobar drove in two runs during a three-run sixth inning and the Tampa Bay Rays beat the Houston Astors 5-2 on Sunday.

Escobar hit a two-run single and Sean Rodriguez had an RBI grounder off Dallas Keuchel (8-5) to give the Rays a 4-2 lead in the sixth.

The Rays are 8-18 over their past 26 games, including five wins in seven games against Houston.

Keuchel allowed five runs and nine hits over eight innings.

Dexter Fowler put the Astros up 1-0 when he hit the first pitch of the game from Erik Bedard into the left-field seats. It was his ninth career leadoff homer and third this season.

Bedard, who was with Houston last season, gave up two runs and seven hits in 5 1-3 innings.

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