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Kris Meeke secured the second World Rally Championship victory of his career after leading almost from start to finish in Portug

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Kris Meeke secured the second World Rally Championship victory of his career after leading almost from start to finish in Portugal. Levine Toilolo Jersey . The 36-year-old from Northern Ireland took the lead early on Friday morning and remained in control to cross the finishing line 29.7 seconds clear of Norwegian Andreas Mikkelsen.Meeke, whose only other Championship win came in Argentina last year, admitted: It was nearly a perfect weekend, a text book performance. Its another step for me as a driver. This year is all about gathering experience and I couldnt have done any more. Well use these rallies this year for our benefit and try to mount a title challenge next year.It shows the Citreon DS3 is a great car. For me too its another step. Im really, really excited about 2017. Kris Meeke on day two in Faro Meeke led for all but one of the 19 stages and the win leaves him seventh in the Drivers Championship, albeit a distant 88 points behind leader Sebastien Ogier.The Frenchman, driving a Volkswagen, finished third in Portugal, 34.5s adrift of Meeke.And the three-time defending champion bemoaned his luck, saying: I had another puncture, so two and only one spare.Luckily it was a slow puncture so I was able to get enough air in for the stage.Mikkelsen, who was second in Portugal, is also second in the title race, 47 points behind his team-mate.Rally de Portugal results:1 Kris Meeke (GB) Citroen 3:59:01.02 Andreas Mikkelsen (Norway) Volkswagen + 29.7s 3 Sebastien Ogier (France) Volkswagen + 34.5 4 Daniel Sordo (Spain) Hyundai + 1:37.1 5 Eric Camilli (France) Ford + 4:01.6World Championship standings:1 Sebastien Ogier (Fra) Volkswagen 114 points2 Andreas Mikkelsen (Norway) Volkswagen 67 3 Mads Ostberg (Nor) M-Sport 58 4 Hayden Paddon (NZ) Hyundai 57 5 Daniel Sordo (Esp) Hyundai 56 Also See: Features Live on Sky Sports Get Sky Sports Devon Kennard Lions Jersey .com) - The Winnipeg Jets got over one hurdle by snapping their longest losing streak of the season. Tracy Walker Lions Jersey . Chris Heisey followed with a two-run triple and Billy Hamilton added an RBI double, all but sealing Cincinnatis fourth straight victory and seventh in eight games. Brandon Phillips, celebrating his 33rd birthday, hit a go-ahead homer in the ninth for the Reds before pinch-hitter Buster Posey tied it with an RBI double off hard-throwing closer Aroldis Chapman in the bottom half. . Coach Jorge Sampaoli resisted naming any major surprises in the list published Tuesday at the site of Chiles football association. Chile is pinning its hopes on the recovery of Vidal.ARLINGTON, Texas -- Chris Carter is hitting under .200 this season for the Houston Astros. Still, he is hitting the ball hard -- and deep. Carter led off two innings with home runs, George Springer had one inning-starting long ball and the Astros beat the Texas Rangers 8-3 on Tuesday night, getting a game closer to escaping the AL West cellar. The Astros go for a three-game series sweep on Wednesday after winning only twice in 19 games against Texas last season. They have won four straight overall against their instate rival for the first time since 2002. "Its just nice to beat them this year," Carter said. "They beat up on us pretty bad last year." Carter started the sixth with a 409-foot blast into the seats in left field to make it 4-2. Two innings later, his 17th homer of the season was almost as long -- but just cleared the wall and the outstretched glove of centre fielder Leonys Martin for a 6-3 lead. Nine of Carters last 17 hits have been homers. It was the third multihomer game this season for the .194 hitter. "He hits them in bunches. Lets hope this is one of those bunches," manager Bo Porter said. "On the home run to left field, he was getting extension. Hes a big, strong man and hes hitting the ball well." Jose Altuve had two hits, two stolen bases and a sacrifice fly. The All-Star second baseman matched Houstons franchise record with 28 consecutive stolen bases without being caught while pushing his AL-leading total to 41. He leads the American League with 126 hits and a .341 batting average. Houston went ahead to stay with two runs in the first inning off Phil Irwin (0-1) who was making his Rangers debut. Brad Peacock (3-5) struck out five while allowing two runs and six hits over 5 2-3 innings. Except for 21 days, and none past mid-April in either of their two seasons since switching leagues, the Astros have been at the bottom of the five-team AL West. After taking the first two of this three-game set, they are withiin a game of fourth-place Texas, which has lost nine of its last 10 games -- and 17 of 20. Frank Ragnow Jersey. Springer, the rookie centre fielder, led off the third with his 18th homer -- a 430-foot shot to the hill in centre field. Martin led off the Texas second with his fifth homer before adding a sacrifice fly and a triple. Jake Smolinski had an RBI double in the seventh for his first major league hit. The Astros loaded the bases with no outs in the first, including Robbie Grossman reaching on a strikeout, before Altuve was picked off third base by catcher Chris Gimenez. Jon Singleton and Matt Dominguez followed with consecutive RBI singles. Irwin allowed three runs and six hits in four innings. He made a start in April 2013 for Pittsburgh, which waived him earlier this season. The right-hander was recalled from Triple-A Round Rock earlier Tuesday when right-hander Nick Martinez (left side discomfort) was put on the 15-day disabled list. "It just came down to the first inning ... overthrowing out of the gate," Irwin said. "Just trying to throw it hard, blow it past people. Thats not my game." NOTES: Astros C Jason Castro was out of the lineup for the second straight day because of pain in his left armpit. Castro was able to swing in the batting cage before the game but didnt play. ... Irwin became the 1,000th player in the history of the Washington Senators-Texas Rangers franchise (1961-2014). He was also the 47th player used by the Rangers this season, one more than they used all last year. RHP Roman Martinez made it 1,001 and 48 with two scoreless innings in his major league debut. ... Grossman had an 18-game hitting streak at Triple-A Oklahoma City, where he was before being recalled Tuesday when OF Alex Presley (strained right oblique) was put on the 15-day DL. Grossman, in his third stint in the majors this season, is hitless in his last 28 at-bats for the Astros after going 0 for 4 with a walk. He was the only Houston player without a hit. 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