The Texas Rangers (66-67) took two of three from the Houston Astros (80-53) in a three-game series at Tropicana Field to finish a 10-game road trip. This series took place at Tropicana Field instead of Minute Maid Park because of Hurricane Harvey. Texas will next play Houston when it hosts a three-game series at Globe Life Park during Sept. 25-27.
Ranger catcher Robinson Chirinos scored on Houston starter Mike Fiers’ wild pitch to start the Rangers’ offense in the third inning. Later in the third, Ranger third baseman Adrian Beltre hit a RBI groundout. Then, left fielder Joey Gallo concluded the four-run rally with a two-run home run, his 36th. Designated hitter Shin-Soo Choo started a fourth-inning rally with a one-run single. Then, shortstop Elvis Andrus continued the rally with a one-run double, his 35th. Then, Beltre finished the second four-run inning of the game with a one-run single. Choo continued the scoring with a three-run home run, his 17th, in the fifth. Three innings later, right fielder Nomar Mazara finished the 12-run affair with an eighth-inning RBI single.
Beltre and Choo had three-hit games on Tuesday, while Andrus had four hits.
Ranger lefty Martin Perez rewarded a 12-run offense with seven innings of two-run ball. Perez allowed eight hits, two walks and struck out eight. Then, reliever Tony Barnette pitched a scoreless eighth before reliever Jason Grilli finished the game with a scoreless ninth. Texas won 12-2.
Gallo started the Rangers’ offense with a bases-loaded walk in the fourth inning. Then, center fielder Carlos Gomez continued the fourth with a two-run single. Then, first baseman Mike Napoli finished the six-run inning with a three-run home run, his 28th. Five innings later, Andrus used his 37th double to drive-in Choo. Then, Gallo drove-in the Rangers’ eighth run of the night with a RBI single to finish the scoring of game two.
Ranger starter Andrew Cashner followed Perez’s gem with one of his own. Cashner’s gem consisted of eighth innings of one-run ball with six strikeouts. Cashner’s gems only consisted of three hits allowed and zero walks. Then, rookie Ricardo Rodriguez finished game two with a scoreless ninth inning. Texas won 8-1.
Andrus followed a four-hit night on Tuesday with a three-hit night on Wednesday.
Texas was limited to one run in the series finale after scoring 20 runs in the first two games. Mazara’s RBI groundout in the first inning accounted for the lone run in game three. The Rangers were limited to four hits in the series finale.
Ranger starter Nick Martinez gave the Rangers a chance on Thursday with five innings of two-run ball. Martinez struck out six, while only allowing five hits and zero walks. Then, reliever Jose Leclerc struggled for two innings, while allowing two runs. Then, closer Alex Claudio concluded the pitching staff’s efforts with a one-run eighth. Texas lost 5-1.
The Rangers acquired White Sox starter Miguel Gonzalez on Thursday.
The Rangers will start a three-game homestand against the Los Angeles Angels (69-65) on Friday. This short homestand can be heard on:
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