Astros’ ace Dallas Keuchel outshined Rangers’ ace Yu Darvish as Houston dominated the series opener 7-1 at Globe Life Park Friday night.
How Rangers pitchers fared: For the second consecutive start Yu Darvish let one mistake mar an otherwise solid outing. Carlos Correa jumped on a hanging slider for a two-out, three-run homer in the fifth to give the Astros a 3-0 lead. Darvish surrendered a three-run homer in the fifth to the Blue Jays’ Jose Bautista in his last start. Darvish left after five innings with his pitch count at 104. He allowed seven hits, walked one and struck out eight. The Astros added four unearned runs in the eighth after a throwing error by first baseman Mike Napoli to Dillon Gee covering the bag put the lead-off man on. Yuli Gurriel’s double made it 4-0 and after a hit-by-pitch, George Springer’s two-out, three-run homer pushed the Astros’ lead to 7-0. Gee pitched four innings of relief and was charged with four unearned runs on two hits and a walk.
How Rangers hitters fared: Astros’ ace Dallas Keuchel baffled Rangers’ hitters for much of the night. Adrian Beltre’s bloop double in the fourth was their first hit but Rougned Odor struck out swinging to end the inning. In the sixth, Elvis Andrus and Jonathan Lucroy singled with two outs and Beltre walked to load the bases for Odor, but he grounded out to first to end the inning. Keuchel struck out seven through six innings. Beltre hit a solo homer in the ninth to give the Rangers their lone run. Keuchel improved to 9-0 after holding the Rangers to three hits and two walks over six innings.
Notable: Beltre’s double in the fourth is No. 594 for his career, two from tying Luis Gonzalez for 17th all-time. Along with his homer in the ninth, he now has 1,076 extra-base hits, to move into 24th place all-time in front of Reggie Jackson ... Beltre’s homer gives him 446, three from tying Jeff Bagwell and Vladimir Guerrero for 39th place all-time.