CBS Houston – After fighting so hard to score runs to tie the game, the Houston Astros would end up falling to the Texas Rangers 5-3. With the loss, the Rangers take series and increase their lead over the Houston Astros to seven games.
“These games get a little-heightened awareness,” A.J. Hinch said about losing the series to the Astros in-state rivals, “if we had lost today to an un-named team, not the Rangers, I’d be just as disappointed.”
The disappointment comes after tieing the game in the ninth, they would end up falling a just a few innings later.
Tony Kemp came through big for the Astros, scoring the team’s first run the eighth inning, and then driving in the tieing run in the bottom of the ninth with two outs.
“Anytime I get the opportunity it’s fun to be around these guys and around this team because they never give up,” Tony Kemp said, “this team is a bunch of grinders.”
It was a grind it out game for the Astros, with the Rangers tossing Yu Darvish, runs were tough to get. Darvish would hold the Astros offense to only five hits over seven innings of work.
Starting in his very first game for the Astros Joe Musgrove would nearly match Darvish strike for strike. Aside from getting a little touched up in the fifth inning allowing three hits and a run, he’d hold the Rangers to only two hits over the other six innings he worked.
“Their first base-runner wasn’t till the fourth,” Hinch said of Musgrove’s start, “he tired at the end and still gutted through his performance, I think it’s a big step for a young kid to come up here, get his first start and finish his outing.”
The Astros normally sure-handed was not able to keep the game 1-0.
Will Harris who was lights out earlier in the year, came in the eighth and allowed the first two baserunners to reach, they would both end up coming home to score.
Chris Devenski who also has been sure-handed out of the bullpen was tagged with the loss after allowing the final two runs.
A bright spot moving forward, Alex Bregman did get another hit. Ever since his off day he has been on base every game including four hits and two RBI’s in the last two games.
While the Astros were not able to close any gap with the Rangers, the games were compelling.
“We played them really good this series,” Jose Altuve said, “they got good pitching and we do too, they scored a few more runs than us, but all three games was really close.”
Up next for the Astros is a seven-game road trip, first up is a four-game series with the Minnesota Twins.