The Texas Rangers (45-62) swept the Houston Astros (67-40) in a three-game series at Minute Maid Park.
Center fielder Carlos Tocci drove in a run with a sacrifice bunt in the second inning of the series opener before catcher Robinson Chirinos hit a two-run home run, his 14th, in the fifth inning. In the sixth, right fielder Shin-Soo Choo hit a RBI triple, his first of the season, before second baseman Jurickson Profar drove in a run with a sacrifice fly. Third baseman Isiah Kiner-Falefa hit a solo home run, his third, in the eighth. Profar hit a solo home run, his 10th, first baseman Ronald Guzman hit a RBI single, left fielder Willie Calhoun drove in a run with a sacrifice fly, Kiner-Falefa hit a RBI single and Choo hit a RBI groundout in the ninth. Texas won 11-2.
Starter Yovani Gallardo pitched 5 1/3 scoreless inning with four walks and five strikeouts to earn his fifth win before the bullpen allowed two runs, a walk and struck out three in 3 2/3 innings.
Kiner-Falefa started game two for the Rangers with a solo home run, his fourth, in the second. In the fifth, second baseman Rougned Odor hit an inside-the-park home run, his eighth, before he hit a solo home run, his ninth, in the seventh. In the ninth, a run scored as third baseman Adrian Beltre reached base on a fielder’s choice before outfielder Joey Gallo hit a three-run home run, his 26th. Texas won 7-3.
Rookie Ariel Jurado earned his first MLB win with six innings of one-run ball, which included a walk and a pair of strikeouts. Finally, the bullpen allowed two runs and struck out three in three innings.
Center fielder Delino DeShields started the series finale for the Rangers with a RBI ground-rule double, his 11th, in the fifth. In the sixth, Profar hit a RBI double, his 24th, before scoring on a fielding error and Guzman’s RBI double, his 13th. Texas won 4-3.
Lefty Mike Minor allowed two runs, a walk and struck out eight in six innings before the bullpen allowed two runs, two walks and a strikeout, which all came from closer Keone Kela as he earned his 24th save.
Texas will continue its road trip as it travels to Chase Field to face the Arizona Diamondbacks (59-48) in a two-game series.
These games can be heard on:
Monday- Franchise 107.7 or 107.9 Tulsa at 8 p.m.
Tuesday- Franchise 107.7 or 107.9 Tulsa at 8 p.m.