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Rangers' Benoit takes the loss in first game off DL

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Arlington, TX (Sports Network) - The Texas activated pitcher from the 15-day disabled list Sunday and started the righthander in their Interleague series finale against Houston. The earned a 3-1 victory and a three-game sweep of the at the Ballpark in Arlington. The 25-year-old Benoit threw five shutout innings before surrendering a pair of runs in the sixth. Benoit (2-3) suffered the loss, though he was dominant at times, striking out eight and walking just one in 5 2/3 innings. Benoit was pitching shutout ball through five innings -- the first Texas starter to do so since April 23rd -- until launched his 13th homer into the upper deck above field with two outs in the sixth to knot the score at 1-1. As quickly as the game was tied, it became untied when followed with a double to left and stroked an 0-2 pitch into the right-center field gap for a triple and 2-1 Houston advantage. Benoit had appeared in seven games before landing on the DL with right elbow inflammation on June 5th. The move was retroactive to June 1st. In a related move, the sent left-hander to Triple-A Oklahoma. In eight appearances during two separate stints with Texas this season, Ramirez allowed seven runs over 9 2/3 innings.

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