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The Houston Astros will be fighting to snap a losing streak on Friday when they take on the Texas Rangers at Minute Maid Park.

The Rangers will trot Matt Garza out to the mound in this one. Righthander Garza has a 7-2 record and a 3.09 ERA this season.

The Astros will counter Garza with Erik Bedard. Lefthander Bedard has a 4.49 ERA to go along with a 3-8 record this season.

Texas was a 10-3 winner in its last match on the road against the Angels. They won as -117 favorites, while the total score of 13 made winners of OVER bettors.

The Astros were a 7-5 loser in their most recent outing at home against the Red Sox. That made winners of bettors who got Boston at -170 on the moneyline, while the total score (12) was good news for OVER bettors.

Current streak:
Texas has won 4 straight games.
Houston has lost 2 straight games.

Team records:
Texas: 65-50 SU
Houston: 37-76 SU

Texas most recently:
When playing on Friday are 7-3
Before playing Houston are 8-2
After playing LA Angels are 9-1
After a win are 7-3

Houston most recently:
When playing on Friday are 3-7
Before playing Texas are 2-8
After playing Boston are 2-8
After a loss are 3-7

A few trends to consider:
Texas is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games when playing on the road against Houston
Texas is 9-1 SU in its last 10 games
Texas is 7-1 SU in its last 8 games when playing Houston
Texas is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games on the road
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Houston's last 5 games when playing Texas
Houston is 3-13 SU in its last 16 games at home
Houston is 1-6 SU in its last 7 games
Houston is 1-7 SU in its last 8 games when playing Texas

Next up:
Houston home to Texas, Saturday, August 10