Odor sinks Astros with 2 HRs
(c) Associated Press
Rougned Odor belted two home runs off two Houston relievers and the Rangers made it two straight wins at Minute Maid Park with a 4-2 decision over the Astros Tuesday night.
George Springer got things started off right with a home run of Nick Martinez leading off the bottom of the first inning to give the Astros a 1-0 lead. Brad Peacock breezed through the first four innings, holding the Rangers hitless and striking out eight of the first 14 batters he faced and Carlos Correa's solo shot in the bottom of the frame extended Houston's lead to 2-0.
But Peacock ran into trouble in the fifth, allowing back-to-back singles to open the inning and eventually exiting with two outs and a 2-1 lead. With the game on the line A.J Hinch went to his most dependable reliever. Will Harris came in and got Elvis Andrus to pop up for the final out -- and stayed in the game to record a 1-2-3 sixth.
But the Astros offense went missing for the remainder of the evening and the bullpen couldn't keep the Rangers down. Odor led off the seventh with a home run off Chris Devenski to tie the game. Rougned doubled his pleasure in the seventh, sending a 2-run shot to the opposite field off Luke Gregerson.
Peacock finished with ten strikeouts in a gutsy 4-2/3 inning performance pitching on only three days rest. But, as has often been the case in recent days, a weary Astros bullpen couldn't finish the job after a short outing by the starter.
It was the sixth loss in the last eight games since a healthier Astros team reeled off eleven straight wins. Devenski was charged with a blown save and Gregerson suffered the loss. Norichika Aoki stayed hot at the plate, collecting two of Houston's seven hits.
The Astros try to avoid the sweep on Wednesday. Top prospect Francis Martes gets his first big league start on the mound for the Astros. Andrew Cashner gets the nod for the Rangers in a 7:10 CDT tilt.
- Greg Thurston