HOUSTON (CBS HOUSTON) – The Texas Rangers again asserted their dominance over their in-state rival as they rallied from a 2-1 deficit with two outs in the ninth to defeat the Houston Astros 3-2 Tuesday at Minute Maid Park.
With the loss the Astros are 3-15 against the Rangers in 2016 and 1-7 at Minute Maid Park.
Ken Giles (L, 2-4) appeared to be on his way to his 11th save of the season as he retired Beltre to lead of the inning. Rougned Odor would strike out, but Giles’ wild pitch allowed Odor to reach.
Odor would then move into scoring position after stealing second. After a Mitch Moreland strikeout, Elvis Andrus tripled over the head of Colby Rasmus in center to tie the game at 2-2. The blown save was the fourth of the season for Giles.
Jurickson Profar’s single to left scored Andrus to give the Rangers the 3-2 lead.
Alex Claudio pitched a scoreless ninth inning to improve his record to 4-1.
“(The Rangers) play complete games across the way,” Astros manager AJ Hinch said. “We haven’t been able to solve them. This one sucks.”
Adrian Beltre started the scoring in the top of the second as he launched a deep shot that bounced off the facade above the Crawford Boxes in left for his 30th homer of the season to give Texas a 1-0 lead.
Jose Altuve responded for the Astros in the fourth launching his 24th home run of the season to left just above the Crawford Boxes to even the score at 1-1.
Brad Peacock did not figure into the decision, but pitched well as he allowed just the single run on Beltre’s homer and just three hits total in six innings of work. Peacock walked two batters and struck out five.
Jason Castro continued to dominate Rangers starter AJ Griffin as he hit his fourth career homer off the right-hander into the seats in left to give the Astros the 2-1 win. Castro entered Tuesday 5-for-16 with three homers in his career off the Rangers starter. The home run was Castro’s 11 of the season.
Will Harris entered the game to start the face the Rangers in the seventh but found himself needing to get out of a jam. After retiring the first two Texas batters, Harris allowed a double to Andrus and walked Profar. Andrus, the potential tying run would steal third on the Profar walk. Joey Gallo entered to pinch hit for Robinson Chirinos and struck out on swinging to end the inning.
The loss drops the Rangers magic number for clinching the American League Western Division down to eight. The loss also puts the Astros 4.5 games back in the chase for the second American League Wild Card spot
Wednesday the Astros face the Rangers for the final time during the 2016 regular season. The Astros send right-hander Joe Musgrove (2-4, 4.78 ERA) to the mound to face Texas righty Yu Darvish (5-4, 3.28 ERA) with a 7:10 first pitch.
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