On Tuesday night at Minute Maid Park, Scott Feldman simply didn’t have it, and you knew it immediately. Shin-Soo Choo doubled to start the game, and it was downhill from there as the Astros fell 7-1 loss to the Texas Rangers.
Elvis Andrus reached on a bunt single following the Choo double. Prince Fielder doubled both home to get the scoring started. It looked like Feldman might hold Texas to the pair, but with two out and a man on, Carlos Peguero hit his first home run of the season to make it 4-0 Rangers before the Astros could take their first swing.
Wandy Rodriguez started opposite Feldman, and he wasn’t sharp early. Luis Valbuena homered against him in the first to get the Astros on the board, and in the second, Houston loaded the bases with two out, but Rodriguez got Jose Altuve on a tapper back to him to keep the score at 4-1.
Texas added a pair in the third when scored on Carlos Corporan’s sacrifice fly after he doubled home Andrus. Feldman was done after three innings allowing the six runs on nine hits. He was tagged with his third loss.
Kevin Chapman replaced him and surrendered one run, a Kyle Blanks fifth inning home run, over three innings. Josh Fields struck out three in two perfect innings, and Joe Thatcher retired the side in order in the ninth, but the Astros could get nothing going against Rodriguez, who after getting Altuve to end the second, retired the final 18 the he faced.
He won for the first time in 2015, allowing just three hits, including the Valbuena home run, in eight innings with eight strikeouts. Shawn Tolleson tossed a perfect ninth.
Blanks had three hits in four at bats for Texas. Andrus was the only other Ranger with more than one hit.
Jason Castro and Marwin Gonzalez had the other hits for Houston.
George Springer left the game following the seventh inning. He ended the top of the seventh by colliding head first into the right field wall, robbing Beltre of an extra base hit. He was 0-for-3 at the plate.
The loss drops the Astros to 18-9 as they’ve lost back-to-back games following the end of their 10-game win streak. They’ll look to avoid a sweep at the hands of the Rangers in the series finale on Wednesday night at Minute Maid Park.