HOUSTON -- Although the Astros used five pitchers to record 16 strikeouts against the Rangers on Tuesday, Texas second baseman Rougned Odor powered home runs in back-to-back innings, boosting the Rangers to their fifth straight road win, 4-2, against the Astros at Minute Maid Park.Buoyed by Odor's fifth career multi-homer
HOUSTON -- Although the Astros used five pitchers to record 16 strikeouts against the Rangers on Tuesday, Texas second baseman Rougned Odor powered home runs in back-to-back innings, boosting the Rangers to their fifth straight road win, 4-2, against the Astros at Minute Maid Park.
Buoyed by Odor's fifth career multi-homer game, the Rangers clinched the series against the American League West-leading Astros and evened their record at 32-32. Odor's seven career home runs at Minute Maid are the most he's hit at any road park.
"You keep momentum by winning baseball games," Rangers manager Jeff Banister said. "I like the way our guys are playing, the way they continue to grind and stay in games. This is kind of who they are, their DNA, their identity. We've been searching for that."
Prior to Odor's homer spree, Astros starter Brad Peacock -- who started on three days' rest in place of Lance McCullers -- fanned eight of the first 12 batters he faced, and seven before the fourth inning, en route to a season-high 10. Peacock pitched 4 2/3 scoreless innings before his fourth walk scored a run with the bases loaded in the fifth.
"I felt great, to tell you the truth," said Peacock, who became the first Astros pitcher to strike out 10 batters in fewer than five innings. "I've got to find a way to get through the fifth inning. They got to me in the fifth. Hats off to them."
For Houston, George Springer and Carlos Correa rifled solo home runs off Rangers starter Nick Martinez, who lasted six innings and gave up five hits and those two runs -- his only blemishes during his longest outing since May 13.
"We couldn't find enough hits against Martinez," Astros manager A.J. Hinch said. "He did a really good job of moving his pitches around. Movement in his ball was moving down. He got a lot of ground-ball outs, close to 10, I think, is what I counted. It was not our night against him."
With the loss, Houston is on a three-game losing streak for the third time this season.
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Rougned's second rocket: On a 90.1-mph fastball from Astros reliever Luke Gregerson in the eighth inning, Odor pelted his second homer of the game to the Crawford Boxes in left field. The tie-breaking two-run shot traveled an estimated 346 feet, according to Statcast™.
"He beat our guys," Hinch said. "He beat the pitchers. That's going to happen."
"I just tried to get a pitch in on him, and it just kind of ran across the plate, stayed up, [and] he got me in the Crawford Boxes," Gregerson said. "It's probably not [out] in most other parks, but unfortunately, [it is] here."
Harris foils Rangers' chance: In the top of the fifth, with the bases loaded after a pair of singles and a fielder's choice, Peacock walked in a run before being pulled for Will Harris. Harris used two pitches to get Elvis Andrus to pop out to Correa at shortstop, holding the Rangers to one run.
Rangers The three-game series at Minute Maid Park concludes on Wednesday at 7:10 p.m. CT. Right-hander Andrew Cashner is set to make his 12th start of the season.
Astros: At age 21, Francis Martes will make his first start in the Major Leagues on Wednesday after debuting in relief against the Angels earlier in the homestand.
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Christian Boutwell is a reporter for MLB.com based in Baltimore.
Richard Dean is a contributor to MLB.com based in Houston and covered the Rangers on Tuesday.