The Houston Astros (42-25) swept the Texas Rangers (27-41) in a four-game series at Globe Life Park.
Designated hitter Adrian Beltre started the series for the Rangers with a RBI single in the first inning of the series opener before pinch hitter Robinson Chirinos hit a RBI double, his eighth, in the ninth. Texas lost 5-2.
Ace Cole Hamels allowed five runs, two walks and struck out five in 7 1/3 innings. Then, reliever Jesse Chavez pitched 1 2/3 scoreless innings.
Designated hitter Shin-Soo Choo started game two with a solo home run, his 11th, in the first. Then, right fielder Nomar Mazara hit a two-run double, his 13th, in the third. Texas lost 7-3.
Starter Doug Fister allowed five runs, two walks and struck out two in five innings before the bullpen allowed two runs, a walk and struck out four in four innings of work.
Fister was placed on the 10-day disabled list because of a strained right knee. Infielder Hanser Alberto was recalled to fill the Fister’s roster spot.
A fielding error scored the first Ranger run before Mazara drove in a run with a sacrifice fly in the second. Then, first baseman Ronald Guzman hit a RBI single in the fifth. Texas lost 4-3.
Lefty Mike Minor allowed a walk and struck out four in six innings of three-run ball before the bullpen combined for one run and one walk allowed in three innings.
Choo started the series finale for the Rangers with a two-run single in the second before catcher Carlos Perez hit a two-run single in the third. In the fifth, second baseman Rougned Odor and Guzman each hit a RBI single. Finally, Beltre hit a RBI single in the eighth. Texas lost 8-7.
Left Matt Moore allowed six runs, five earned, and a walk in three innings. Then, the bullpen combined for two runs allowed, two walks and struck out six in six innings.
Texas will travel to Dodger Stadium to face the Los Angeles Dodgers (33-32) in a two-game series.
These games can be heard on:
Tuesday- 107.9 Tulsa at 8:30 p.m.
Wednesday- 107.9 Tulsa at 8:30 p.m.