The Texas Rangers (76-82) were swept in its final matchup against the Houston Astros (98-60) at Globe Life Park. Texas finished the season 7-12 against Houston, after the three-game sweep.
Ranger first baseman Joey Gallo started the series with a solo home run, his 39th, in the second inning. Designated hitter Adrian Beltre drove-in the only other run, for the Rangers, with a third-inning, one-run single.
Beltre and Gallo each finished game one with a couple of hits.
The Rangers’ defense underperformed for Andrew Cashner, for seven of Cashner’s eight allowed runs were unearned. The lack of clean defensive forced Cashner to pitch only 3 2/3 innings before reliever Paolo Espino allowed three earned runs in 2 2/3 innings. Reliever Jose Leclerc pitched a two-out, scoreless appearance before rookie Austin Bibens-Dirkx pitched two scoreless innings. Texas lost 11-2.
Shortstop Elvis Andrus used a RBI single in the first inning of game two to cut into Houston’s four-run lead. Five innings later, outfielder Delino DeShields continued the Rangers’ offense with a solo home run, his sixth. Reserve Drew Robinson scored the Rangers’ final run of game two with a solo home run, his fifth, in the ninth.
Rangers ace Cole Hamels struggled against Houston for three innings of six-run ball. His poor started included four walks and six earned runs allowed. Rookie Nick Gardewine pitched a scoreless fourth inning before ex-starter A.J. Griffin allowed five runs in a one-out appearance. Lefty Yohander Mendez pushed through 3 2/3 innings and allowed three earned runs before rookie Ricardo Rodriguez pitched a scoreless ninth. Texas lost 14-3.
Rookie left fielder Willie Calhoun scored the first Ranger run of the series finale with his first-career home run, a solo shot, in the second inning. Then, Robinson used his second solo home run of the series, his sixth, to finish the Rangers’ offense for the series.
Andrus, Calhoun and DeShields all collected two hits in the series finale.
Ranger starter Nick Martinez pitched five innings of six-run ball in the series finale. Reliever Tony Barnette allowed five runs in an one-out appearance before Bibens-Dirkx pitched 1 2/3 innings of one-run ball. Then, relievers Keone Kela and Jake Diekman each pitched a scoreless inning with a strikeout. Texas lost 12-2.
Texas will finish a seven-game homestand and the regular season against the Oakland Athletics (72-85). This four-game series can be head on:
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