Ian Desmond’s two-run, tie-breaking homer in the eighth inning gave the Rangers a 4-3 win over the Houston Astros Tuesday night at Globe Life Park. The Rangers have won the first eight games with the Astros in 2016 and beaten them the past 12 times in Arlington going back to last season.
The Rangers need to win one of the two remaining games with the Astros (Wednesday and Thursday) to clinch their 10th consecutive home series win, which would be a club record.
Pitching: Carlos Gomez put the Astros up 2-0 with a two-out, two-run homer against Cole Hamels in the second inning. Hamels struggled with his command, hitting the lead-off batter Jose Altuve in the sixth and walking four, including two in the fifth. But he clamped down and left the game tied 2-2 after allowing the two runs on four hits with four strikeouts over seven innings.
Jake Diekman took over and walked George Springer to start the eighth but struck out Altuve and Carlos Correa before getting Evan Gattis to fly out. Sam Dyson earned his eighth save in the ninth but had to hold off a furious Astros rally. Luis Valbuena singled to right to score Colby Rasmus to make it a one-run game before Dyson got pinch-hitter Tony Kemp and George Springer swinging to strand runners on the corners and end the game.
Hitting: Adrian Beltre singled to start the second and scored from first on Ryan Rua’s two-out double to the left-field corner to pull the Rangers to within 2-1. Bobby Wilson’s two-out homer to straight-away center field in the fifth tied it at 2-2.
In the eighth, Profar singled before Ian Desmond’s two-run homer to center field put the Rangers up 4-2. Mazara followed with a single through the right side to finally knock starter Dallas Keuchel from the game.
Notable: Wilson’s single in the third inning snapped an 0 for 14 stretch ... Profar’s two singles gives him his eighth multi-hit game in 11 starts ... 32,189 was the paid attendance.