American League Game Summary - Houston at Texas|
(Wednesday, August 21st)
Final Score: Texas 5, Houston 4
Arlington, TX (Sports Network) - Elvis Andrus hit a sacrifice fly to score
pinch-runner Adam Rosales with the decisive run in the ninth inning to boost
the red-hot Texas Rangers to a 5-4 triumph over the Houston Astros.
Andrus also put down a successful squeeze bunt in the seventh inning, before
the Astros tied it in the eighth thanks to the wildness of Tanner Scheppers,
who hit a pair of batters and uncorked two wild pitches.
The AL West leaders, who hold a 2 1/2-game advantage on Oakland in the
division, have won 18 of their last 22 contests. Texas also has won 14 of the
last 15 matchups against the Astros, including this three-game sweep.
Mitch Moreland singled to center to start the bottom of the ninth against
Chia-Jen Lo (0-1). Jurickson Profar walked and with one out, Leonys Martin
walked. Andrus then lifted a fly ball to left field. The throw home sailed
over the head of catcher Jason Castro.
"We wanted to make certain to make him throw strikes. The guy's got good
velocity and if you chase the fastball you won't have any success," Rangers
manager Ron Washington said of attacking Lo, who recorded his first major
Craig Gentry homered for the Rangers, who got six-plus innings out of starter
Derek Holland. Joe Nathan (4-2) had a pair of strikeouts in the top of the
Castro went 2-for-3 with a homer and scored three times, but the Astros fell
to 5-15 this month. Erik Bedard allowed five hits and three runs -- two earned
-- over the first 4 1/3 innings.
"It's always tough," Castro said of the loss. "We did a good job rallying back
to get back into that game. Obviously that's not how you want to see it end,
but we still try to take as many positives as we can."
Castro homered to right field leading off the second inning, but Gentry went
deep to left-center to start the bottom of the third. Adrian Beltre singled
down the left-field line to plate Ian Kinsler later in the inning.
Kinsler's line base hit to center scored Gentry in the fifth, and Gentry made
a spectacular catch to end the next frame. With men on first and second, Jose
Altuve hit a ball destined for the wall in left field, but Gentry, nearing the
scoreboard, made a leaping grab.
The Astros loaded the bases in the seventh, but got just one run. Joakim Soria
retired Max Stassi on a double-play ball, but that scored Castro.
Gentry reached first on Marwin Gonzalez's throwing error in the bottom of the
seventh, went to third on a sacrifice bunt and raced home when Andrus bunted a
3-0 pitch toward the mound.
Scheppers put men on first and third in the eighth and then Chris Carter
singled in Altuve. Then came back-to-back plunkings of hitters Matt Dominguez
and Stassi, who left the contest after being pegged in the face. Stassi's
hit-by-pitch scored Castro.
Jason Frasor replaced Scheppers and fanned Brett Wallace with the bases full
to keep the game tied.
Houston outfielder Robbie Grossman has a nine-game hitting streak ... Castro's
15 homers this season are the most by an Astros catcher since 1977 ... The
Rangers hit the road for the next six games, starting Friday against the White
Sox before three more in Seattle.
08/22 03:04:41 ET