Bagwell fell a triple short of the cycle and drove in three runs and Hidalgo homered, doubled twice and scored three times as the
posted a 9-5 triumph over the
The Rangers, who lost for the 21st time in 25 games, have dropped their last seven series.
Rosario (1-0), who was recalled Tuesday from Class AAA New Orleans to replace injured
, yielded two runs - one earned - and four hits in six innings.
"(The win) is very exciting," Rosario said. "The runs made it easy for me tonight. Every player (on the Astros) is going to sign the game ball and I'll keep it at my house."
"He really pitched a good game," Astros manager
said. "After the first couple of guys, he pitched strong and located well. We kind of left it in (catcher
') hands after the first inning."
Ausmus' calling of pitches also drew praise from Texas manager Buck Showalter.
"Ausmus is a big part of their success," Showalter said. "It is fun to watch someone like that behind the plate. He is as good as it gets in the game in handling a game and a staff."
Houston got off to a quick start when
' first pitch of the contest over the wall in left field. It was Biggio's National League-record 32nd career leadoff home run.
The Astros took the lead for good on Ausmus' sacrifice fly in the second inning and extended their advantage to 4-1 on Hidalgo's two-run homer one inning later.
Bagwell, who rapped a two-run double in the fourth, made it 9-1 with a solo homer in the sixth against
"I have my moments when I feel OK, but tonight the results were better I guess," said Bagwell, who has been battling a gimpy shoulder. "Like I said to someone in the dugout, it's better to be shaking hands coming into the dugout than shaking hands in the dugout. But it's a long season and we have a ways to go."
Valdes (6-3) surrendered eight runs and 10 hits in four-plus innings as the Rangers dropped their seventh straight series.
"Obviously, I was up a lot," Valdes said. "The more I tried to correct it, I think, the higher it went. You guys can see what happens when you get the ball up. I'm frustrated - every time I try to get in a rhythm they raked me. My arm is great, it was the pitches that were the problem."