It Took Extras For Texas To Beat Houston 5-4

That game had a little bit of everything, didn't it?

Jordan Lyles had another solid start, lasting seven innings and getting just to 100 pitches while leaving the Astros in a position to win the game.

If you're looking to bash Brad Mills, you had some opportunity with the way he used the bullpen. Four relievers were used in the eighth, when Houston still had a lead. However, none of those pitchers were ostensible closer Mark Melancon, who didn't pitch in the game at all. 

It had great defensive plays on both sides, with Adrian Beltre playing third like a pro and Clint Barmes making some nice plays for Houston. 

In the end, though, it had Texas proving to be a deeper team than Houston. The Rangers were deeper in the bullpen and deeper in their lineup. Houston played them closely in this one, but couldn't get runs across when it counted. 

As expected, Texas is using this Astros series as a way to get well. It would have been nice to get this victory, though, especially so Lyles could finally get off the schneid and pick up that first major league win.

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