Roberto Hernandez and Bud Norris took a pither's duel into the seventh inning as both starters allowed an early run for a 1-1 tie through most of the game.
Desmond Jennings leadoff the game with a single on the first pitch of the contest then stole second and advanced to third on a Matt Joyce single. Ben Zobrist's sacrifice fly scored Jennings, the Rays only run of the evening.
An inning later, Chris Carter sent a solo shot to left field, his first of two homeruns for the Astros Wednesday night. Carter accounted for all four of Houston's runs in the game.
Hernandez was steady on the mound allowing two hits, striking out one, and walking none until the seventh when Brett wallace doubled to LF and Jason Castro followed up with a single to right field. With runners on the corners and no outs, Jake McGee replaced Hernandez and allowed Carter to send a crusher to the back wall at Minute Maid Park to put the Astros up 4-1.
Tampa Bay picked up two more hits in the ballgame - a single to Joyce in the eigth and Kelly Johnson in the ninth, but the Rays couldn't capitalize on getting the men in.
The Rays and Astros wrap up the four-game series tomorrow at 2:10. Stay tuned to 620am/95.3fm for all of the Independence Day action.