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Smoak's homer gives Rangers early lead

HOUSTON -- Justin Smoak is tearing up the Astros right now.

Smoak hit his second home run of the Lone Star Series, a two-run shot to the upper deck in right, to give the Rangers a 2-0 lead at Minute Maid Park.

Smoak entered this series hitting just .091 in the last six games. But Friday night, Smoak went 2-for-5 with a career-high four RBIs. After a 0-for-16 drought, Smoak has now got four hits in his last 10 at bats.

Smoak's homer came in the second inning.

With one out, David Murphy drew a walk after a 12 pitch at bat where he fouled off five pitches. Smoak then hits his homer to right for the 2-0 lead.

Colby Lewis is handling his business as well. He's got seven strikeouts after four innings of work, and the Astros haven't had a base runner.

Lewis, the team-leader with six wins, has held opponents to a .197 batting average this year, the lowest in the AL and third lowest in the majors.