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Keuchel Shines, Astros Win Sixth Straight 

iStock/Thinkstock(SAN DIEGO) -- Dallas Keuchel pitched eight innings allowing three hits, one run, and no walks while striking out four to lead the Houston Astros to their sixth straight win -- this one over the San Diego Padres 7-2 -- on Wednesday.

The Astros (14-7) now have a major league best 10-2 road record after going 8-1 on this West Coast trip.

"It's time to go home, but what a great trip," Astros skipper A.J. Hinch said. "Good baseball, good adjustments on the fly, a lot of winning baseball, which is all you can ask for. I'm proud of these guys for the way they're playing."

Keuchel (3-0) raised his ERA from .62 to .73 in the win.

Houston's offense was powered by Colby Rasmus and Jose Altuve. Rasmus hit a two-run homer off Padres starter Andrew Cashner in the fourth inning, while Altuve went 2-for-4 with two RBIs, extending his hitting streak to eight games.

The Padres (11-12) have lost three straight and seven of their last 10.

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Astros Give Jose Altuve Four-Year Contract 

Tony Firriolo/MLB Photos via Getty Images(HOUSTON) --  The Houston Astros have signed second baseman Jose Altuve to a four-year contract that will keep him with the team through the 2017 season.

The deal with Houston announced Saturday covers his arbitration-eligible years and includes club options for 2018 and 2019. If the options aren't exercised, he would be eligible for free agency after the 2017 season.

"This contract is consistent with our strategy of developing and retaining the best young talent in baseball," team owner Jim Crane said. "All along, I've maintained that we will make the necessary investments to create a winning team long-term, and this is an important step in that direction."

According to media reports, the contract is worth a total of $12.5 million with two club options at $6 million and $6.5 million

The 23-year-old Altuve is hitting .280 with 15 doubles and 28 RBIs.  He was an All-Star in 2012.

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Astros Bash Rangers 8-2 In Season Opener 

Bob Levey/Getty Images(HOUSTON) --  The Houston Astros entered the American League with a bang.

Rick Ankiel crushed a three-run home run in the bottom of the sixth inning to lead the Astros to an 8-2, season-opening victory over the Texas Rangers.

"To come out with a win is perfect," Astros designated hitter Carlos Pena said. "To be part of it is really cool. To play our rivals here in Texas and to come out on top today, it's a treat."

The game marked the first for the Astros as a member of the American League.  It was also the first career win for manager Bo Porter.

Bud Norris allowed five hits and two runs with five strikeouts in 5 2/3 innings for the Astros (1-0).  He was one of five Astros making their first Opening Day start on baseball's second-youngest team.

The Rangers (0-1) snapped a streak of four straight Opening Day victories.

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