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Wednesday, June 29, 2022

Astros continue home dominance against Rangers with 5-1 win

HOUSTON ( Associated Press) — Martin Maldonado hit a three-run double and Jose Altuve added a season-high four hits to a strong start by Framber Valdez as the Houston Astros extended their home dominance of the Texas Rangers with a 5-1 victory on Thursday. continued to. night.

The win extended Houston’s winning streak to 11 at home against the Rangers. Texas went 0-9 at Minute Maid Park last season and hasn’t won at Houston since September 16, 2020.

The Astros, who lost two of the last three on the road, won their ninth straight at home.

Valdez (3-2) allowed six hits and one run, tying a season high with seven strikeouts in seven innings for his second consecutive win. The left-handed batsman had a poor start and made a balk in the first walk to help Rangers take a 1-0 lead. He then settled for the next six innings to keep them scoreless and reduced his ERA to 2.68.

Altuve, who hit two doubles, scored first to tie it before an RBI single by Kyle Tucker kept Houston top 2–1.

Josh Schorz ran three straight batsmen to load the base with one of the eighths and was replaced by Matt Moore. Before Moore dismissed Jose Siri, Maldonado delivered a double smack to clear the bases and level 5-1.

Glenn Otto (1-2) pitched well after giving away two early runs, but Rangers could not provide any run support after the first run that denied the rookie victory since 22 April. He scored seven hits and two runs in a career-high six innings.

Eli White made a leadoff walk before being second on the groundout by Marcus Semien. A balk from Valdez sent White into third and Rangers took the lead when White scored on a single by Corey Seeger.

Altuve opened Houston’s first with a double and moved to third on a wild pitch. Otto ditched Alex Bregman, before Altuve scored a one-on-one single by Aldemis Diaz to tie it. Bregman was thrown into third place in the play and Diaz dropped to second.

Tucker turned Houston up 2-1 when he lined up from one to right field to score Diaz.

The Astros had a shot to extend the lead in the second innings with Siri at second base with two outs. Altuve singles and Siri runs home, but Charlie Colberson’s throw ends the innings after defeating him there.

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Rangers: C Mitch Garver was activated from the 10-day injured list ahead of Thursday’s game. Nick Solak was selected to Rock the Triple-A Round to make a place for him on the roster.

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Houston’s Cristian Javier (2-1, 3.20 ERA) opposed Martin Perez (2-2, 2.01) when the series continued on Friday night.

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