Rangers starter Jamey Wright had a solid outing, going 5 2/3 innings and allowing three hits and two runs for his first win of the season."I'm disappointed it took till June to get [my first victory]," Wright said. "But it's a big step." Wright began the game with two walks and had six total, but settled down and didn't allow a hit through the first 3 2/3 innings. "I tried not to overanalyze my mechanics," he said. "I tried to simplify it. Instead of thinking too much, I was just being aggressive. I had a good sinker, decent curveball, so I tried to use those two pitches." After leading off the game by giving up two walks, Wright got Hunter Pence to ground into a 6-4-3 double play. "Getting the double play was huge," Laird said. "He made a good pitch. From that inning on, he started rolling." It was Wright's second victory in 14 career games against the Astros. "Thanks for bringing that up," Wright joked. "I got one last year, so I need 10 more wins just to get to .500." Wright continued the recent trend of strong starting pitching performances for the Rangers, who have won seven of their last nine games. "Pitching is contagious," Wright said. "For a while there, it seemed like the guys were snake-bit -- everything that could go wrong did. Now, we're putting together some good starts and there's a lot more confidence. It's a good feeling." Washington was happy Wright just matched Oswalt in putting zeroes up on the scoreboard. "That's what you have to do in this game -- get zeroes," Washington said. Texas relievers Frank Francisco, C.J. Wilson, Akinori Otsuka and Eric Gagne closed the final 4 1/3 innings, holding Houston scoreless. "It's nice to be playing better baseball," said Young, who was 2-for-4 with four RBIs. "We're definitely playing better ball, so hopefully it's a sign of things to come."
Drew Davison is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.