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Rangers recap: Wandy dazzles against Astros as Texas takes first series win of season

Rangers starting pitcher Wandy Rodriguez retired the last 19 Astros he faced as Texas won its first series of 2015 with a 7-1 win at Minute Maid Park on Tuesday.
Rangers starting pitcher Wandy Rodriguez retired the last 19 Astros he faced as Texas won its first series of 2015 with a 7-1 win at Minute Maid Park on Tuesday. AP

Wandy Rodriguez is used to pitching at Minute Maid Park and it showed Tuesday night. He helped the Rangers cruise to a 7-1 win against the Astros, giving Texas its first series win in 2015. Game 3 is at 7:05 p.m. Wednesday.

Pitching: Former Astro Wandy Rodriguez shut down his former team after a allowing a first-inning homer to Luis Valbuena. He retired 19 consecutive between the second and eighth innings. The stretch started when Rodriguez forced a soft tapper back to the mound by Jose Altuve with the bases loaded in the second. He didn’t allow another base runner until he was replaced for the ninth. He finished with eight strikeouts and a walk and held the Astros to three hits. Shawn Tolleson pitched a perfect ninth to close it out.

Hitting: The Ranger scored twice in the first after Shin-Soo Choo led off with a double and Elvis Andrus reached on a bunt before Prince Fielder’s opposite-field double to the left-field corner scored them both. Carlos Peguero’s first homer as a Ranger, a two-run shot to right, made it 4-0 in the first. The Rangers added two more in the third when Andrus led off with a single, stole second and scored on Adrian Beltre’s double to the left field corner. Beltre later scored on Carlos Corporan’s sacrifice fly to center. Kyle Blanks’ solo homer in the fifth gave the Rangers a 7-1 lead. It’s his his third homer in his sixth game since joining the club.

Notable: According the the Elias Sports Bureau, tonight’s matchup between Wandy Rodrigues and the Astros’ Scott Feldman was the first time opposing starting pitchers with 100 more starts with the other team faced on another since the Phillies’ Roy Oswalt faced the Astros’ Brett Myers in September 2011.

Stefan Stevenson, 817-390-7760

Twitter: @StevensonFWST

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