Aug 3, 2014; Houston, TX, USA; Houston Astros second baseman Jose Altuve (27) fields a ground ball during the game against the Toronto Blue Jays at Minute Maid Park. The Astros defeated the Blue Jays 6-1. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports

Texas Rangers Offer Payback; Houston Astros Lose 6-2

I honestly thought the Houston Astros had a chance to close this series out with a sweep but I guess I’ll settle for a series win.  After a night of firing on all cylinders for the most the night before, yesterday afternoon was something less to be desired.

The game was within reach until about the 4th inning where the Texans Rangers started to take over and decided not to look back.

Let’s get to it.

The Astros did score first and it was off a force play that resulted in a force out off a Chris Carter grounder at the bottom of the 1st inning.  It was challenged by Bo Porter and the call was overturned.  This allowed Robbie Grossman to score, Jose Altuve being out at 2nd base and Carter advanced to 1st base.  Astros 1, Rangers 0

At the bottom of the 3rd, Jason Castro singled to left scoring Altuve.  Astros 2, Rangers 0

Here’s where the Rangers got back into it and Astros let it slip away…

At the top of the 4th, Alex Rios doubled to center scoring Elvis Andrus.  Astros 2, Rangers 1

After that, Alex Rosales singled to short scoring Alex Rios, based off a questionable throw from Marwin Gonzalez, Rosales was able to advance to 2nd base.

It gets worse…

At the top of the 5th, Shin-Soo Choo was a bat and off a wild pitch by Dallas Keuchel, this caused Robinson Chiros to score and advancing Daniel Roberston to 3rd base.  Rangers 3, Astros 2

Elvis Andrus then had his turn to bat and he popped a sac fly to center scoring Daniel Robertson. Rangers 4, Astros 2

At the top of the 6th, Adrian Beltre homered solo to left.  Rangers 5, Astros 2

This is followed by another solo homer by Choo to left field in the 7th inning. Rangers 6, Astros 2

That was perhaps the nail in the coffin for the Astros, who didn’t have much chance of overcoming the barrage of hits the Rangers were able to get in that span.  They had eight total on the game.

Altuve was the bright spot, going 2-for-3, a double and a stolen base.

Not the best outing for Keuchel, allowing six hits and a home run, five runs, three walks, fanning four in six innings of work.

Oh well, it’s one game at a time…

The Astros end up winning the series 2-1 and take on the Minnesota Twins tonight starting a three-game set.

The first pitch is scheduled for 7:10 p.m. CDT.  Brad Peacock will take the mound facing Tommy Milone.

Go ‘Stros! (Box Score)






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