The Texas Rangers (56-60) took two of three from the Houston Astros (72-45) at Globe Life Park over the weekend. The Rangers will next play the Astros at Minute Maid Park during Aug. 29-31.
Ranger shortstop Elvis Andrus started the weekend-series with a bases-loaded, one-run single in the third inning. Following Andrus, right fielder Nomar Mazara hit his own bases-loaded, one-run single to give the Rangers a two-run lead. Then, center fielder Carlos Gomez finished the third-inning rally with a bases-loaded, two-run single. Two innings later, third baseman Adrian Beltre gave the Rangers a five-run lead with a RBI double, his 15th. Then, Mazara extended the Rangers’ lead with another RBI single, in the seventh inning.
Rangers ace Cole Hamels pitched well against the division-rival Astros for seven scoreless innings. During his seven innings, Hamels only allowed three hits, two walks and struck out five. Then, reliever Jose Leclerc allowed three earned runs on 2/3 innings and closer Alex Claudio finished the game while allowing one run over 1 1/3 innings. Rangers won 6-4.
Ranger catcher Brett Nicholas got game two, Pudge Throw-Back Night, started with a three-run home run, his first of the season, in the second inning. Two innings later, first baseman Mike Napoli hit a solo home run, his 23rd. Then, Mazara drove-in a run with a groundout in the next inning. Later in the fifth, Beltre hit a RBI double, his 16th. Then Beltre struck again with a two-run single in the sixth inning.
Ranger starter Tyson Ross pitched 5 2/3 innings of three-run ball on four hits and five walks. Ross also struck out a pair of Astros. Then reliever Matt Bush relieved Ross for 2 1/3 scoreless innings before reliever Jason Grilli pitched a scoreless ninth inning. Rangers won 8-3.
Astros ace Dallas Keuchel and the bullpen limited the Rangers’ offense to one run, which came on a Beltre solo home run, his 12th, in the sixth inning.
Ranger starter Andrew Cashner was on the wrong side of a pitcher’s duel on Sunday. Cashner pitched seven innings of two-run ball with four strikeouts. Then, reliever Tony Barnette pitched a scoreless eighth inning and Leclerc pitched a scoreless ninth inning. Rangers lost the finale, 2-1.
Following the series win, the Rangers will continue its 10-game homestand will a three-game series against the Detroit Tigers (53-64). These three-game series can be heard on:
Monday- Franchise 2 1560AM at 6:30 CT
Tuesday- Franchise 2 1560AM at 6:30 CT
Wednesday- Franchise 2 1560AM at 6:30 CT