Game Of The Week: Rangers Complete Sweep Of Astros With 9-2 Win
- Updated: May 23, 2016
Backed behind a solid outing from their Ace Cole Hamels (ERA 2.83), the Texas Rangers completed the series sweep of the Houston Astros with a 9-2 win on Sunday afternoon.
With each team putting their best forward with their top pitchers on the mound, it was Texas that would take an early advantage over Astros’ lefty Dallas Keuchel (ERA 5.92). In the top of the third Bobby Wilson hit a RBI double on a line drive to center field to give the Rangers a 1-0 lead. Wilson then scored off a RBI single by Ian Desmond but, Texas wasn’t done just yet. Adrian Beltre then belted a two run double off of Keuchel and would then score with a RBI single by Nomar Mazara for the 5-0 lead.
The Astros tacked one on in the bottom of the third as Jose Altuve grounded out sending Jason Castro home to score.
In the top of the fourth catcher Bobby Wilson was at it again, this time with a RBI single on a sharp line drive to center field for the 6-1 ballgame.
In the top of the sixth Hanser Alberto hit a RBI single to add to the Rangers’ lead and continuing to get an advantage over Keuchel.
The left-hander would pitch six innings allowing seven runs by the Rangers on nine hits; walking one and striking out six batters.
Evan Gattis would help the Astros with another run as he hit a fly ball to left center field off of Hamels in the bottom of the sixth.
Nomar Mazara added to his previous RBI with two more as he hit a two run homer on a line drive to right center field off of Astros’ reliever Pat Neshek in the top of the seventh to make it 9-2.
Hamels worked eight strong innings against the Astros allowing two runs on five hits; walking two and striking out an impressive eleven batters. The lefty now advances to 5-0 on the season as Keuchel drops to 2-6.
The Rangers are now (25-19) and in second place; one and a half games behind the Seattle Mariners the Astros fall to (17-28) in last place of the American League West; ten games behind the division leaders.
Ian Desmond: 2 for 5; R; RBI
Prince Fielder: 1 for 4; 2R
Nomar Mazara: 2 for 4; 3 RBI; HR
Adrian Beltre: 1 for 4; 2 RBI; R
Bobby Wilson: 2 for 4; 2 RBI; HR
Evan Gattis: 2 for 4; R; RBI
Colby Rasmus: 1 for 4
Jason Castro: 1 for 3; R
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