HOUSTON (AP) — George Springer and Martín Maldonado homered, Alex Bregman hit a go-ahead two-run single within the seventh inning and the Houston Astros acquired a wanted 4-1 win over the Texas Rangers on Tuesday evening.
The Astros, who’re two video games forward of Seattle for second place within the AL West with the highest two groups ensured a postseason spot, opened a six-game homestand after dropping 9 of 11 video games on their current highway journey.
“That was a good step in the right direction,” Bregman stated. “We need to start a good streak of playing well. We haven’t had the best last week or two weeks, so hopefully we can build on this.”
Their victory was tempered by an damage to shortstop Carlos Correa, who needed to be helped off the sector after fouling a ball off his left ankle. X-rays had been destructive and supervisor Dusty Baker stated that he had a bone bruise on his left ankle. The group ought to know extra about his standing on Wednesday.
Houston starter José Urquidy (1-1) allowed three hits and one run in seven innings for his first win in his third begin of the season. He missed the primary six weeks of the season after being identified with COVID-19.
Ryan Pressly allowed one hit in a scoreless ninth for his 10th save.
The recreation was tied with no outs within the seventh inning when Nick Goody (0-1) allowed a double to Maldonado earlier than strolling Springer and Jose Altuve to load the bases and finish his evening. Jonathan Hernández took over and Michael Brantley grounded right into a pressure out that left Maldonado out at dwelling.
Bregman then singled on a ball that dropped close to the left discipline nook to ship two runs dwelling and put the Astros up 3-1. Altuve, who was activated from the injured listing earlier than the sport after sitting out since Sept. Four with a sprained proper knee, appeared speedy on the play, nearly catching as much as Springer as the 2 dashed dwelling.
Baker was relieved to see the Astros break by within the seventh after leaving a number of runners stranded earlier within the recreation.
“You’ve got to keep that pressure on them and you’ve got to stay positive,” Baker stated. “If you put them out there and keep putting them out there, sooner or later something is going to happen.”
The Rangers managed simply 4 hits, all singles, and fell to 4-18 on the highway. They have misplaced seven straight highway video games, their longest such streak since additionally dropping seven in a row in 2014.
The Astros took an early lead when Springer hit his third leadoff homer of the season. Houston loaded the bases with no outs within the second inning with singles by Kyle Tucker and Yuli Gurriel and a stroll by Correa. But they got here away empty when Josh Reddick grounded right into a double play earlier than starter Kyle Cody retired Maldonado to finish the inning.
Urquidy retired his first 13 batters with 5 strikeouts earlier than Nick Solak singled with one out within the fifth inning. Rougned Odor singled after that earlier than a single by Ronald Guzmán with two outs scored Solak to tie it at 1.
Cody allowed 4 hits and one run with two walks in three innings in his sixth look and third begin of the season.
Manager Chris Woodward believes Cody is rising as he will get extra expertise.
“I don’t want him to struggle, but he hasn’t had much adversity to this point as a major leaguer,” Woodward stated. “So to see that bases-loaded jam or even the homer to start the game, (I wanted) to see if that would snowball, but he dialed it back in and got three outs.”
Maldonado’s homer got here with two outs within the eighth inning to increase the result in 4-1.
Rangers: OF Willie Calhoun was activated from the 10-day injured listing earlier than the sport. He has been out since straining his left hamstring on Aug. 19.
Astros: RHP Justin Verlander (proper forearm pressure) will throw to hitters Wednesday for the primary time since he was injured. The right-hander, who hasn’t pitched because the season opener on July 24, is scheduled to throw 50-60 pitches towards a handful of the group’s reserve gamers.
ONE IS THE LONELIEST NUMBER
Tuesday was the ninth time the Rangers have scored only one run this season, which leads the American League and is tied with Milwaukee and Pittsburgh for many within the majors.
Houston’s Lance McCullers Jr. (3-2, 5.79 ERA) will return from the injured listing to oppose right-hander Kyle Gibson (1-5, 6.14) when the sequence continues Wednesday evening. Gibson is 0-Three with an 8.10 ERA and has allowed eight homers in his final 5 begins. McCullers has been out since Sept. 6 with nerve irritation in his neck.