Aug 2, 2014; Houston, TX, USA; Houston Astros first baseman Jon Singleton (28) hits an inside-the-park home run against the Toronto Blue Jays during the eighth inning at Minute Maid Park. The Astros defeated the Blue Jays 8-2. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports

Houston Astros Continue Abusing The Texas Rangers

I’m still reveling over Robbie Grossman‘s 8th inning home run just one night ago. To make matters even better, the Houston Astros jumped on Yu Darvish early and in very un-Astro like fashions. An 11-pitch walk by Robbie Grossman, another walk by Carter and the Astros had runners on first and second with two outs.

Normally, that would be the end of the rally, but not today. Jon Singleton and Matt Dominguez both singled with two outs to put the Astros up 2-0 early.

The Astros would chip away at Darvish again in the 5th. After consecutive singles by Jason Castro and Chris Carter and a walk by Marc Krauss, Jon Singleton launched a double to plate two and leave the door wide open to bury the Rangers.

Dominguez continued the rally with another single and all of a sudden the Astros were up 5-0 with an inspired Scott Feldman holding down the fort on defense.

Darvish was ousted mid-rally, but his replacement Nate Adcock continued right where he left off, throwing one pitch and giving up another RBI single, this time to Marwin Gonzalez.

The Astros took pity on the Rangers and stopped the bleeding at four runs in the inning, taking a six-run lead into the 6th.

The Rangers would break through Feldman for a two-run 6th, but the lead still felt relatively safe, especially because the Astros promptly answered back in the bottom half of the inning with a run of their own in the bottom half of the inning. Grossman drew another walk and Castro plunked another single to give Krauss the opportunity to ground out and drive in another run.

Feldman would exit the game with a quality start, posting an impressive line of 6.1 innings, eight hits, two runs, one walk and six strikeouts. The problem was that he left with the bases loaded and just one out. Josh Fields took the reigns and got out of the jam with only allowing one run.

But the Astros weren’t done.

After Grossman walked to reach base for the third time, Carter let fans down a little by only doubling as opposed to homering, but he drove in a run regardless to set the final score at 8-3, following a solid 9th inning by Michael Foltynewicz, who shut the door.

Three of the Astros prospects, who are all hitting around .200, Singleton, Jake Marisnick and Grossman, had great games. They combined to go 5-9 with four runs, four RBIs, four walks and just two strikeouts.

Another great game against our Texas rivals. If only we could play them more often. But the silver boot is ours!

Game MVP:  Jon Singleton

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