The Texas Rangers homered twice for the first time in the same game to open the season series with the Houston Astros with a 7-5 win Tuesday night at Globe Life Park. Prince Fielder’s two-run homer ignited a three-run first inning and Mitch Moreland’s homer in the seventh gave the Rangers a three-run cushion.
Pitching: The Astros started the second with three consecutive doubles to score twice against starter Derek Holland, who had thrown 43 pitches combined his first two frames. He settled down, however, and left leading 4-2 after five innings and 105 pitches. He allowed five hits, walked two and struck out five. Tony Barnette pitched a scoreless sixth. After recording two outs in the seventh, Keone Kela gave up solo homers to Jose Altuve and George Springer as the Astros pulled to within 6-4.
Hitting: Fielder’s two-run homer to the right-field porch spurred on a three-run first inning against Astros starter Scott Feldman. Consecutive singles by Adrian Beltre, Moreland and Ian Desmond set up Beltre scoring on Rougned Odor’s fielder’s choice. Desmond doubled off the top of the CF wall with one out in the third and scored on Odor’s single to right to give the Rangers a 4-2 lead. Texas added two more in the sixth when the first four batters reached against Josh Fields, including run-scoring doubles by Elvis Andrus and Brett Nicholas. Moreland hit a line-drive homer just over the wall in right in the seventh to push the lead back to 7-4.
Notable: The Rangers homered twice in a game for the first time this season ... Feldman threw 62 pitches combined in the first two innings ... 24,181 was the announced attendance ... Moreland’s homer in the seventh was 111 mph, according to BaseballSavant.com ... Beltre gave Andrus a glare (partially in jest) back in the dugout after he failed to run out of the box on a ball that hit off the top of the wall in the sixth inning. Andrus settled for a double and later scored ... the Astros have lost eight consecutive games at Globe Life Park.
Rangers vs. Astros
7:05 p.m. Wednesday/FSSW
LHP Cole Hamels (2-0) vs. RHP Doug Fister (1-1)