Valdez throws 7 scoreless, AL-best Astros beat Rangers 7-3

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By KRISTIE RIEKEN

HOUSTON (AP) — Framber Valdez threw seven shutout innings, Martín Maldonado and Alex Bregman homered with three RBIs each, and the Houston Astros beat the Texas Rangers 7-3. The Astros improved to 72-41, moving one-half game ahead of the slumping New York Yankees for the AL’s best record.

Manager Dusty Baker returned after missing five games with COVID-19.

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Valdez allowed four singles and struck out eight to get his third straight win. Houston roughed up rookie Cole Ragans for five runs in 4 1/3 innings.