The Rangers’ rule of Texas continued Saturday night at Minute Maid Park in Houston. The Rangers beat the Astros for the 13th time in the past 15 meetings, including the first five in 2016. It was the third consecutive 2-1 loss for the Astros.
Pitching: Cesar Ramos held the Astros to one run on two hits over six innings. The lone run came on Marwin Gonzalez’s leadoff homer in the third. The only other hit was erased in the fourth when George Springer singled to start the inning but was picked off by Ramos trying to steal second and was thrown out, 1-3-6. Ramos left after striking out four and walking one in six innings.
Matt Bush started the seventh with two strikeouts but walked Evan Gattis and had runners on the corners after Colby Rasmus singled to right. Bush was able to get Tyler White to groundout to end the inning and preserve the 2-1 lead. Jake Diekman retired the side in the eighth, including strikeouts of Gonzalez and Jason Castro. Sam Dyson pitched the ninth to earn his fourth save and second in as many nights since being named the closer.
Hitting: The Rangers scored a run each in the second and third innings to take a 2-0 lead. Elvis Andrus’ two-out homer in the second gave Texas a 1-0 lead. In the third, Bryan Holaday doubled with one out and scored on Rougned Odor’s single off the wall in right. Odor was thrown out trying to stretch it into a double. The Rangers had runners at second with one out in the fourth and fifth innings but could not push extra runs across. Holaday doubled in the fifth but was stranded when Odor lined out and Ian Desmond struck out.
Notable: Rasmus’ single in the seventh was the first hit allowed by Bush in his first 4 1/3 innings, including the first two outs Saturday ... 35,040 was Saturday’s announced attendance at Minute Maid Park.