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Kinsler ejected, Rangers trail in fourth

ARLINGTON, Texas -- Playing in a steady drizzle, the Rangers season-high 11 game win streak is still alive, barely.

In the first game of the Lone Star Series, the Astros have taken a 2-1 lead after four innings.

Chris Johnson has driven in both runs, on a second inning double in the second and on a fourth innning single.

The Rangers lost second baseman Ian Kinsler when he was ejected for the first time this season, and second time in his career, for arguring balls and strikes. After Kinsler struck out looking to end the third, he flipped his bat and helmet.

The action caused home plate umpire Eric Cooper to send him to the clubhouse. Ron Washington came out and pleaded Kinsler's case, but of course it was too late.

The Astros had some complaints about Cooper as well. Michael Bourn had a few words for the umpire when he was called out on strikes in the fifth. But Cooper didn't throw his equipment around as he walked back to the dugout.

Josh Hamilton has extended his career-long hit streak, now at 19 games, with a first inning single.

Colby Lewis is pitching well. He threw a complete game two-hitter in a victory over the Astros in his last start on June 19.