HOUSTON (CBS HOUSTON) – Despite allowing 15 hits to the Texas Rangers on Friday night, the Houston Astros were able to hold off their rivals with a 3-2 victory at Minute Maid Park. The win for snapped their six game losing streak in the first game back from the All Star Break this week.
The Astros never trailed as they scored the first three runs of the game with a single run in the second inning and a pair of runs in the third.
Collin McHugh (W, 10-5) picked up the victory allowing only one run in six innings of work despite allowing 11 Ranger hits. Luke Gregerson pitched a scoreless ninth for his 19th save.
The Astros kicked off the second inning with a lead-off triple by Evan Gattis. After a Colby Rasmus strikeout, Gattis came in on an LJ Hoes RBI single to right to put the Astros up 1-0.
Jake Marisnick doubled to lead off the third inning. The next batter up was All-Star second baseman Jose Altuve who doubled for the 17th time this season to drive in Marisnick giving the Astros a 2-0 lead.
Altuve would be thrown out at home plate by the Rangers Leonys Martin after a single by Marwin Gonzalez. Gonzalez would advance to second on the throw home. Carlos Correa would single left-center scoring Gonzalez to plate the Astros final run of the game.
Martin Perez (L, 0-1) took the loss for the Rangers allowing all three Astro runs on nine hits in five innings on the mound.
The Rangers finally added a run to the scoreboard on an RBI single by Mitch Moreland in the 6th inning to pull Texas to within a pair of runs. The second Ranger run came in the 8th
The Rangers had an opportunity to tie the game with two outs in the top of the ninth with slugger Prince Fielder up and a runner on first. Correa was able to knock a sharply hit line drive from Fielder down and threw to Jon Singleton who made a nice scoop for the out and the win.
The win improves the Astros record to 50-42. The last Astros team to win 50 of their first 92 games was in 2001.
Astros first baseman Chris Carter left the game in the top of the second inning with a sprain in his right ankle after landing on the bag awkwardly on a throw to first base.
On Saturday the Astros will send right-hander Scott Feldman (4-4, 4.80 ERA), who is returning from the 15-day disabled list, to the mound. He will face off against Colby Lewis (8-4, 4.77 ERA) for the Rangers. 6:10 is the scheduled first pitch from Minute Maid Park.
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