Rangers beat Dallas Keuchel to sweep Astros

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By Brian McTaggart and John Henry / MLB.com | @brianmctaggart | + 0 COMMENTS


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ARLINGTON — Not even Cy Young winner could put a stop to the Astros’ woes at Globe Life Park. launched a two-out, three-run home run in the first inning off Keuchel to send the Rangers on their way to their fourth consecutive win, 7-4, over the Astros on Thursday night.

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In sweeping the three-game series, the Rangers have won 11 of their last 13 against the Astros, including 10 in a row in Arlington.

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Rangers starter (2-0) held the Astros to two runs and four hits in six innings to improve to 4-0 lifetime against Houston. Adrian Beltre had three hits for the Rangers, including a leadoff homer in the seventh off reliever . Colby Rasmus homered twice for Houston, including a two-run shot in the eighth soccer jerseys from china to cut the lead to 7-4. Tolleson gets the save [email protected]: Tolleson retires Gattis to notch the saveShawn Tolleson gets Evan Gattis to ground out to Adrian Beltre for the final out of the game, sealing the win for the Rnagers

MOMENTS THAT MATTERED No problem: Griffin limited Houston’s big-inning prospects after giving up consecutive doubles to and George Springer to start the game. A one-out walk to Rasmus put runners on first and second. But Griffin retired Tyler White by flyout and Preston Tucker on a meek groundout to get out of the inning.

Road woes continue: Keuchel, who was the last Astros pitcher to win in Arlington more than a year ago (April 12, 2015), allowed a career-high 13 hits and tied a season high with six runs allowed in six innings. He’s 6-10 in his last 18 road regular-season starts, and he fell to 1-3 lifetime at Globe Life Park. Beltre’s solo smash [email protected]: Beltre strokes a solo homer out to centerAdrian Beltre laces a ball over the fence in center field, tacking on a run to the Rangers’ lead in the 7th

Patient payoff: Keuchel retired the first two batters he faced in three pitches, but Beltre, the next hitter, looked at four pitches before lining a two-out single to center, jump-starting a three-run Texas first.

Colby’s jacks not enough: Rasmus blasted a pair of home runs, giving him five for the season to tie Altuve and White for the team lead. He hit a solo shot in the fourth and walloped a two-run homer in the eighth and has reached base in 15 of 16 games this year. Rasmus’ two-run shot [email protected]: Rasmus delivers his second homer of the gameColby Rasmus drills a pitch way out and over the right-center-field wall to score , his second homer of the game

WHAT’S NEXT Astros: Right-hander (1-2, 6.39 ERA) takes the mound for Friday’s 7:10 p.m. CT series opener against the Red Sox at Minute Maid Park. He’s 31-18 with a 4.39 ERA in 60 starts since joining the Astros.

Rangers: Left-hander Martin Perez will be looking to crack into the win column Friday at 7:10 p.m. CT against the White Sox at U.S. Cellular Field. He is only the second pitcher in franchise history to open the season winless despite at least three consecutive quality starts.

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Brian McTaggart has covered the Astros since 2004, and for MLB.com since 2009. John Henry is a contributor for MLB.com based in Arlington. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs. Share This Email Print + Hide Comments