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A strong seven innings from the Astros southpaw helped them end their eight game home losing streak, with a 7-0 series finale win over the Rangers. Rodriguez, only gave up four hits in his outing to record his sixth win of the season.
- June 28: Rangers 7, Astros 3
June 29: Rangers 3, Astros 2
June 30: Astros 7, Rangers 0
The ‘Stros got to Texas starter Matt Harrison in the fourth for a run and then again, in the fifth with four runs. Carlos Lee belted his seventh homerun of the season on a 2-2 offering from Harrison to put Houston up 1-0. In the fifth, Michael Bourn reached base after being hit by a pitch and then made it to second on Angel Sanchez’s sacrifice bunt. Hunter Pence brought him home with an infield single and throwing error by Rangers third baseman Adrian Beltre. With Pence on second, Texas opted to intentionally walk Carlos Lee to set up Jason Michaels for an RBI ground rule double. That would make the score 3-0 Astros. This was followed up by a Chris Johnson 2-RBI single to plate both Lee and Michaels.
This was all the run support that Rodriguez would need to get the win and faced very little resistance from the Rangers, other than a bases-loaded jam in the third. That he’d get out of by coaxing Adrian Beltre to fly out to Hunter Pence in right field.
Astros rookie right hander David Carpenter made his Major League debut in the eighth and struck out his first hitter faced in centerfielder Chris Gentry. He then got pinch hitter Endy Chavez to hit a deep fly out to defensive replacement Brian Bogusevic in left field. The final out of the inning came from Ian Kinsler, flying out to deep right field. The debut went three up-three down.
The Astros huge performers at the plate were Jason Michaels going 2 for 4 with an RBI double and 2 run homer. Clint Barmes continues his hot hitting ways going 3 for 4 with a double and is hitting .533 in his last four games. Chris Johnson extends his hitting streak to seven games with his two-run single. Hunter Pence had his 29th multi-hit game of the season with his 2 for 5 performance.
The Boston Red Sox now come to town to wrap up the home stand and Interleague Play. The opener has Bud Norris on the mound against knuckle-baller Tim Wakefield, starting at 7:05. Norris joined Vandermeer & Lopez on Thursday morning and that’s on the podcast, here at SportsRadio610.com.