Texas Rangers Win Houston Astros – NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth

Brad Miller hit an RBI single off a drawn infield for the go-ahead run in the eighth inning and the Texas Rangers defeated the AL West-leading Houston Astros 5-3 Monday-evening for their third straight win.

Jonah Heim greeted reliever Héctor Neris (1-3) with a single and led off the three-run eighth before pinch-runner Charlie Culberson stole second base and advanced on a grounder. Ezequiel Durán brought him home with a tying single, then the rookie third baseman in his first career stole base and moved to third base on a wild pitch for Miller’s hit.

Corey Seager had two hits to make a 3-for-35 slump before his RBI groundout in the eighth sent home the final run for the Rangers (29-31), who are only second but 7th 1/2 games behind the Astros. †

Houston’s designated batter, Yordan Álvarez, went 2 for 4 to extend his run on base to 14 games. It was the 10th multihit game for Álvarez since May 29, as he hit .500 (27 of 54) on base during that series and raised his season batting average from .247 to .315. The Astros last week signed a $115 million contract for six years through 2028 for the DH, who turns 25 on June 27.

Álvarez had an RBI single in the first and appeared to have been robbed of a two-run homerun to end the fifth when Adolis García made a jumping catch with his glove extended to the top of the 8-foot wall in right field.

Brock Burke (4-1), the second Texas reliever, threw two scoreless innings before Matt Moore hit a perfect ninth for his first save.

Mauricio Dubón and Michael Brantley had RBI singles in the second to give Houston a 3-0 lead against Rangers-starter Taylor Hearn, who gave up no more runs when he pitched in the sixth.

Striking Astros rookie shortstop Jeremy Peña had both hands behind his back as he stood face down in the shallow midfield after a lunging attempt to catch Seager’s bloop single in the third. That was the third straight to start the inning and load the bases, although Texas got only a sacrifice fly to Kole Calhoun to make it 3-1.

Martín Maldonado, the 35-year old catcher for the Astros, made two handy catches – only one counted as one out.

The Rangers finished fourth when Leody Taveras, the 23-year-old Texas midfielder in his 2022 debut, tipped a 2-2 pitch that bounced off Maldonado’s glove and popped up in the air and over his head. Maldonado turned, reached out and caught the ball as it fell to the ground.

Maldonado was up against the screen near the Rangers dugout when he caught a towering foul ball from García for what appeared to be the third out in the seventh. But the umpires ruled that the ball had skied over the net and five pitches later, García hit an RBI-single.

TRAINERS ROOM

Astros: RHP Jake Odorizzi (left leg tendon strain) is expected to undergo field exercises for the second time in three days on Tuesday. That could be the last step before going on a drug addiction treatment plan. He has been in the IL since May 17 after being injured in Boston.

Rangers: CF Eli White was placed on the injured list with a right wrist fracture and will undergo surgery on Tuesday. It will then take approximately six weeks for baseball activity to resume. He was injured in a collision with leftfielder Culberson on Sunday. … Taveras was recalled from Triple-A Round Rock. He had a hit, scored a run and made a running catch to end the game.

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Astros RHP José Urquidy has allowed 14 runs (12 earned) in 15 innings in his three starts since limiting Texas to one run in 6 2/3 innings to beat them at home on May 22. Rangers RHP Dane Dunning is 0-3 with a 5.40 ERA in his seven starts since early May.

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