The Rangers took the finale against the Astros 5-3 Thursday afternoon to win their club-record 10th consecutive home series. The Rangers, who won six of seven on the homestand, scored three times in the third and solo homers from Prince Fielder and Rougned Odor helped earn starter Martin Perez his fifth win.
Pitching: The Astros scored twice in the third to take a brief 2-0 lead against Perez. With one out, Perez had the bases loaded with a single and two walks before Evan Gattis’ sacrifice fly scored George Springer. Marwin Gonzalez followed with a single to center to score Jose Altuve. Perez got Luis Valbuena to ground out to keep it at 2-0. Perez left leading 4-2 after allowing four hits and four walks over six innings. He improved to 5-4.
A throwing error by Jurickson Profar put the Astros’ lead-off hitter at second against Tony Barnette in the seventh. Altuve and Gattis followed with singles to push the run across but Gonzalez lined out to second to strand runners on the corners with the Rangers leading 4-3.
Matt Bush worked around a two-out walk and struck out three in the eighth and Jake Diekman closed it out in the ninth to earn his first save.
Hitting: The Rangers scored three times in the third to take a 3-2 lead against starter Collin McHugh. Elvis Andrus led off with a walk and scored on the first of two doubles by Mitch Moreland. Bryan Holaday singled to put runners on the corners for Jurickson Profar, who drove in Moreland with an infield single to second. With two outs, Nomar Mazara’s single to left scored Holaday from second to give the Rangers a 3-2 lead. Prince Fielder homered to the right-fielder corner to make it 4-2 in the fourth.
Notable: Profar extended his hit streak to 12 games with an infield single in the third. It’s his career-long and the longest by a Rangers’ player this season ... Mazara extended his hit streak to to eight games with his third-inning single ... Carlos Correa left the game in the fifth after injuring his left ankle stretching to touch the bag on a close play at first base.