American League Game Summary - Houston at Texas
(Tuesday, August 20th)
Final Score: Texas 4, Houston 2
Arlington, TX (Sports Network) - Adrian Beltre clubbed the go-ahead two-run
homer in the sixth inning and the Texas Rangers edged Houston, 4-2, to
continue their domination of the Astros.
Travis Blackley, who was acquired from Houston in exchange for cash
considerations on Aug. 14 after being designated for assignment by the Astros,
allowed three hits and two runs over four innings in his Rangers debut.
Neal Cotts (5-2) had three strikeouts in 1 1/3 innings of relief for the AL
West leaders, who have won 17 of their last 21 games overall. The Rangers have
also beaten the Astros in 13 of the last 14 meetings.
Joe Nathan struck out the side in the ninth to pick up his 37th save.
Jarred Cosart (1-1) gave up more than two runs for the first time in his
career. The right-hander, in his seventh major league start, allowed four hits
and three runs over six innings.
"I was keeping them off balance," Cosart said. "A couple of guys buckled on
curveballs. I threw it for a strike and they couldn't sit on one pitch. That
helped me get through six, but Beltre kind of speaks for itself."
The Astros, who lost 16-5 on Monday in the opener of this three-game set,
secured the early lead. Matt Dominguez belted a homer to left field with Chris
Carter aboard in the second inning.
Beltre doubled to start the bottom half of the frame and scored on an Alex
Rios single to third base.
Ian Kinsler walked with one out in the sixth and Beltre turned on a 1-1 pitch
and homered to right field for the 3-2 lead.
"I'm getting lucky," Beltre said of his recent hot hitting that has seen him
log 20 RBI since July 30.
Texas loaded the bases in the eighth before Elvis Andrus scored on a Josh Zeid
The Rangers put pitcher Alexi Ogando on the 15-day disabled list due to right
shoulder inflammation. Pitcher Matt West was recalled from Single-A Myrtle
Beach and then placed on the 60-day disabled list ... Houston put catcher
Carlos Corporan on the 7-day concussion disabled list, designated pitcher Wade
LeBlanc for assignment, and selected pitcher David Martinez from Oklahoma
City. The Astros also selected the contract of catcher Max Stassi from
Corpus Christi and he went 2-for-3, and recorded his first MLB hit with a
single in the fifth inning ... The Rangers moved a season-high 20 games over
.500 (73-53) ... Blackley made 42 relief appearances for Houston this season.
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