ARLINGTON -- Rougned Odor hit a two-out double in in the bottom of the ninth to drive in the winning run and give the Rangers a 6-5 victory over the Astros on Monday night. The Rangers have won seven straight games over the Astros this season."Very good win, especially against
ARLINGTON -- Rougned Odor hit a two-out double in in the bottom of the ninth to drive in the winning run and give the Rangers a 6-5 victory over the Astros on Monday night. The Rangers have won seven straight games over the Astros this season.
"Very good win, especially against a team like that," said Prince Fielder, who had two hits. "They're hot. They kept coming back on us. For us to get it done, it's a big deal. They're a hot club, so definitely a big win."
The Astros went with closer Ken Giles with the score tied at 5 in the ninth. Giles struck out Ian Desmond to start the inning, but Nomar Mazara singled to left. That gave Mazara his first four-hit game in the Majors.
Adrian Beltre followed with a grounder to shortstop Carlos Correa, who juggled the ball just slightly and only got the force at second and not the inning-ending double play.
Odor followed with a high fly to deep left and the ball hit off the wall just beyond left fielder Colby Rasmus. Beltre scored easily as the ball bounded away from Rasmus.
"I think early we made a lot of mistakes and gave them some opportunities they took advantage of it, and midgame, they made a lot of mistakes and we took advantage of it, and at the end, they had one more run," Astros manager A.J. Hinch said. "Small margin for error when you're on the road, so they did one thing better than we did. Both teams made enough mistakes."
Rangers starter Colby Lewis, who hasn't lost to the Astros since June 25, 2010, was not involved in the decision as he allowed four runs in six innings. The big blow was a three-run home run by Jose Altuve in the third, his 10th homer of 2016.
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Houston starter Mike Fiers went 5 1/3 innings. He allowed three runs in the first and a solo home run to Odor in the third that gave Texas a 4-3 lead.
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Fielder delivers upon return: Fielder was back in the lineup after being "unplugged" for two games and he finished off the three-run first with an RBI single. Fielder's single left the Rangers with runners at the corners and one out, but Altuve snared a line drive by Ryan Rua and made a terrific diving catch on Elvis Andrus' soft liner up the middle to end the inning.
Lewis error sets up Altuve blast: Lewis started the third by giving up an infield single to Jason Castro. George Springer hit a grounder back to the mound, but Lewis, trying to start a double play, bounced his throw to second. The runners were safe and Altuve followed with a three-run home run.
"The pitch to Altuve was off the plate," manager Jeff Banister said. "Great swing by a great hitter."
Astros' shaky defense costly: The Astros made the kind of mental and physical mistakes Monday that plagued them in a shaky April. Fiers didn't cover first on a grounder in the first, and first baseman Marwin Gonzalez didn't touch first while covering the base later in the inning.
"We played sloppy the first inning," Correa said. "We missed a couple of situational hitting [spots], should have turned a double play in the last inning -- a lot of things were in the game. We should have won the game, obviously. So it hurts more than we should have won one game and we end up losing." More >
Lewis overcomes other errors: Errors by Jurickson Profar at second and Fielder at first helped the Astros loaded the bases with one out in the sixth and the game tied. But Lewis kept it tied by getting Springer and Altuve to pop out.
"That was a huge inning," Banister said. "No inning was bigger than the sixth for Colby."
"Losing, it's frustrating. We have more talent than this team does. That's what I believe, and we shouldn't be losing these kind of ballgames. We're going to go out there tomorrow and just put them to the ground. That's all we're going to do." -- Giles
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Profar extended his hitting streak to 10 games with a triple to lead off the first. He has hit safely in all 10 games since being called up from Triple-A. It was the first triple to lead off the first for the Rangers since Delino DeShields on Aug. 29, 2015.
The Astros had won 12 consecutive games when scoring four or more runs.
Astros draw a split on replays
The Astros challenged and lost a key play in the Rangers three-run first. The score was 2-0 with a runner at second and one out when Odor hit a grounder to Altuve. Gonzalez went for the ball, then tried to get back to the bag but fouled up his footing. He didn't touch the bag and Odor was called safe, a ruling that was confirmed by replay. Fielder followed with an RBI single.
The Astros were successful on a crew chief review in the seventh when Rasmus was thrown out trying to steal to end the inning. Hinch asked for a review, it was granted and the call was overturned. But it didn't matter as reliever Tony Barnette retired Carlos Gomez on a grounder to end the inning.
Astros: Left-hander Dallas Keuchel will get the start at 7:05 p.m. CT on Tuesday. The 2015 American League Cy Young Award winner will look to make a season-high third-straight quality start.
Rangers: Left-hander Cole Hamels will take the mound for the second game of the series at Globe Life Park. He needs just six strikeouts to become the 77th player in Major League history -- and seventh active -- to reach 2,000.
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T.R. Sullivan has covered the Rangers since 1989, and for MLB.com since 2006. Follow him on Twitter @Sullivan_Ranger and listen to his podcast.
Brian McTaggart has covered the Astros since 2004, and for MLB.com since 2009. Follow @brianmctaggart on Twitter and listen to his podcast.