Nelson Cruz usually isn’t the cleanup man for the Texas Rangers. On Saturday against the Houston Astros, he looked like a natural. The native of the Dominican Republic hit a pair of homers to help the Rangers beat their intrastate rivals by a final count of 6-3.
For the game, Cruz was 2-for-4 with two runs and four RBI. On the season, the 28-year-old outfielder is hitting .285 with 11 homers, 30 RBI and 22 runs. Despite his age, Cruz has never played more than 100 games in a season. In 31 games last season, Cruz hit .330 with seven homers and 26 RBI.
On the mound for the Rangers, Scott Feldman went 6.2 innings to pick up his third win of 2009. He gave up five runs and three earned runs while striking out five and walking two.
The win lifted the Rangers to 25-17. Currently, Texas leads the NL West with a 2.5 game lead over the Los Angeles Angels.
With the loss, the Astros are now 18-23 and in last place in the NL Central.