Unlike the first two games of the Lone Star Series, there wasn't much drama in Wednesday night's 10-1 slugging of the Rangers by Houston. It was just the sort of beat-down our northern neighbors enjoyed inflicting on the Astros early and often the past few years. The Astros rocked the house with four home runs and Charlie Morton tossed six innings of five-hit ball to stretch Houston's AL-best record to 19-9.
Correa: Four hits set the pace
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Marwin Gonzalez stayed hot with his eighth homer of the year and fourth in this series but he was not alone. Carlos Correa, Brian McCann and Josh Reddick also went deep. Correa banged out four hits, one shy of the cycle. Gonzalez, George Springer and Alex Bregman also enjoyed multi-hit games.
Nick Martinez was drilled for four runs in the second and three of the four runs in the sixth as Houston pulled away easily. Former Astro Anthony Bass mopped up the final 2-2/3rd innings, getting dinged for the final three tallies.
After Morton left, Tony Sipp and Michael Feliz combined for three hitless innings to finish out the victory before a crowd of 27,439 at Minute Maid.
There was good news and bad news off the field on Wednesday. Ace lefthander Dallas Keuchel was chosen as the AL Pitcher of the Month for his 5-0, 1.21 ERA work over six starts. Opponents are hitting a piddling .164 against the southpaw. Brady Rodgers, who was voted the Astros' minor league pitcher of the year last season will need to undergo Tommy John surgery on his elbow which will cost him the rest of this season and part of the next. Rodgers struggled during spring training which might have been a precursor to ligament damage discovered later.
Joe Musgrove (1-2) will try for the series sweep on Thursday afternoon at 1:10 Central. Righthander A.J. Griffin is expected to come off the Disabled List and start for Arlington. This has been a nightmare series for the Rangers so far and they risk falling nine games in arrears of the Astros should they lose again Thursday.
- Bob Hulsey