Darvish dominates as Rangers top Astros 6-1

Darvish: 1 hit in 7 IP
(c) Associated Press

Yu Darvish silenced the Astros offense for seven innings and Nomar Mazara blasted a 3-run homer lifting the Rangers to a 6-1 win over the Astros Monday night at Minute Maid Park. Houston managed only two hits off Darvish and reliever Jeremy Jeffress.

In a case of good news, bad news, the Astros activated Joe Musgrove from the disabled list to make the start against the division rivals but had to put Lance McCullers on the D.L. with lower back discomfort. Musgrove pitched well in his return but was lifted from the game after throwing his 75th pitch. Joe allowed two runs in 4-2/3 innings and ended up being tagged with the loss.

A tired Houston bullpen gave up four more runs over the final 4-1/3 innings as the Rangers coasted to victory behind Darvish. Mazara's homer came in the eighth inning, officially putting the game out of reach. Dayan Diaz entered the game with two on and nobody out and struck out Elvis Andrus and Adrian Beltre before hanging a slider to the Rangers' leftfielder.

Alex Bregman provided the only run for the Astros with a fifth inning single that drove home Carlos Beltran. It was the first time in 20 games that the Astros failed to hit at least one home run.

Josh Reddick was forced from the game early with a mild concussion. Reddick crashed hard into the rightfield wall trying to catch Joey Gallo's RBI triple in the second inning.

The first two rounds of the baseball draft were held Monday night and the Astros selected four players. Houston tabbed right-handed starter J.B. Bakauskas of UNC with the 15th overall pick. High School 3B Joe Perez was taken by the Astros at number 53. Three picks later the Astros took righthander Corbin Martin out of Texas A & M. Second-baseman J.J. Matijevic (University of Arizona) went to the Astros at pick number 75.

- Greg Thurston