Souza, Dickerson lift Rays over Astros 5-3

HOUSTON (AP) – Steven Souza Jr. homered and drove in three runs, Corey Dickerson added three hits and made a dazzling defensive play to preserve the lead, and the Tampa Bay Rays beat the Houston Astros 5-3 on Thursday night.

The Rays have won three in a row since dropping the series opener 14-7, and it’s the first time Houston has lost three in a row since June 11-13.

The Astros led by one entering the seventh when Francisco Liriano (6-6) took over for starter Collin McHugh to make his Houston debut after a trade from Toronto on Monday.

Liriano retired Adeiny Hechavarria before a single by Dickerson.

The left-hander then walked Lucas Duda and was lifted for Chris Devenski.

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