Houston (CBS HOUSTON) – Less than two weeks ago the Houston Astros took care of business against Yu Darvish, Monday night they had no such luck as they fell to the Texas Rangers 6-1.
Darvish Monday night kept the Astros batters guessing, able to throw all five of his pitches for strikes. He would end up only allowing just one hit through his seven innings of work.
“Last time he was pretty much just throwing fastball, slider, this time he was throwing everything,” Carlos Correa said. “He was throwing the two seem in, the cutter away, the slider, the curveball super slow, and the four-seamer that kinda rises a little bit, he was pretty good.”
While the bats were held mostly quite the team did jump on the scoreboard in the fifth inning.
With two outs and Carlos Beltran on second base after a walk and a groundout, Alex Bregman singled, which was the first hit of the game for the Astros and the only run they’d score.
While Darvish was dealing the Astros did keep the game close.
Joe Musgrove who was just activated off of the DL (shoulder discomfort) prior to the game, gave the team 4.2 innings of work only allowing two earned runs on five hits.
The two runs would come in the second inning when back to back triples from the Rangers seventh and eighth hitters would leave the Astros in a 2-0 hole.
“I felt really out of rhythm through, out of sync, felt like I haven’t thrown in two weeks, but I think it was really about execution, I was behind a lot of guys 1-0, 2-0,” Joe Musgrove said of his start. “The second inning I get two quick outs and then I allow three hits in a row, especially the lower half of the order, I got to do a better job at getting those guys out.”
With a planned pitch count of 75 pitches, Musgrove hit it and gave way to Chris Devenski.
Following the game, Musgrove said his shoulder felt fine, he had no pain.
Devenski finished up the fifth and in the sixth gave up a run when Adrian Beltre doubled home, Elvis Andrus to put the Rangers up 3-1.
The game remained tight until the eighth inning when Nomar Mazara broke the game wide open with a three-run homer off of Dayan Diaz (two runs charged to Tony Sipp) to deep centerfield, a 430-foot blast.
In the ninth inning, Correa picked up the team’s second hit with a leadoff double but would be left at second base.
With the loss, the team has now lost three of their last four games at home. And before Monday night’s game, the Astros added Lance McCullers to the DL.
While it looks like the team is struggling the Astros have no worries.
“We have a great team and we have a lot of great players in this clubhouse,” Correa said. “I just think some of us have to step up during this tough stretch, and I think we have the guys who can do that in order for us to win games, we are in first place at the end of the day, there’s no need to freak out, we are a great team and we are going to overcome adversity.”