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Texas Rangers Fall to Houston Astros over Mother’s Day Weekend

Texas Rangers Fall to Houston Astros over Mother’s Day Weekend

 

The Texas Rangers (16-26) dropped two out of three games to the defending World Series champion Houston Astros (26-16) over Mother’s Day weekend.

The series started off well for the Rangers Friday night, winning 1-0. Cole Hamels (W 2-4) shined through pitching six scoreless innings giving up just one hit and recording six strikeouts.

A bullpen trio of Jake Diekman (H,5), Jose Leclerc (H,2), and Keone Kela (S,8) held the lead combining for three scoreless relief innings.  Offensively the Rangers scored the lone run of the evening on a Jurickson Profar sacrifice fly in the seventh inning scoring Nomar Mazara.

Saturday evening the Astros won 6-1, with Charlie Morton (W,5-0) throwing a career high 14 strikeouts in seven innings for Houston.  Texas took an early lead off a 404 feet Ronald Guzman homerun (2), but couldn’t hold on as the Houston bats heated up with homeruns from Brian McCann (3), Evan Gattis (2), and Carlos Correa (6).

Doug Fister went 6.1 innings giving up four hits and three runs while striking out four.
Sundays Mother’s Day game saw a repeat of Saturday night with the Rangers losing 6-1 again.

This time it was Dallas Keuchel (W,3-5) stifling the Rangers bats going seven scoreless innings picking up eight strikeouts.  The Astros struck early and often with Gattis (3) and Correa (7) contributing homeruns in back to back games giving the Astros a comfortable win.

The afternoon became worse for the Rangers when Adrian Beltre left the game with one out in the seventh inning after appearing to re-aggravate a left hamstring injury while trying to tag a baserunner.

Up next: The Rangers have a day off on Monday and then travel to the Pacific northwest to take on the Seattle Mariners (22-17) Tuesday through Thursday.

kristina killingsworth

May 15th, 2018

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