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Astros 2, Rangers 0: Feldman completes return of the Silver Boot to Houston

Scott Feldman pitches his second complete game in August in win over the Rangers

Stacy Revere

Scott Feldman took the mound Saturday, ready to kick ass and chew bubblegum - and Feldman was all out of bubblegum. The Astros' elder statesman faced 30 batters on 115 pitches, walking one and allowing three hits. Feldman induced 13 ground ball outs and three fly balls on the way to his second complete game in the month of August.

The Rangers hitters seem to be batting like it was a getaway day and they just wanted to make their flight. Arlington's first baserunner didn't reach base till the fifth inning. Only one Ranger batter reach second base in the game, and that came on a dropped ball from Jesus Guzman on a pickoff attempt. One of the four total Ranger base runners in the game,Rougned Odor, was erased as he attempted to steal second. As a team the Rangers are batting .228 in 27.1 innings against the former Ranger Feldman in this season.

The Astros offense didn't fair much better against Robbie Ross Jr. and the Rangers bullpen. Ross didn't allow a hit in five innings, but walked three before being pulled after five. The Rangers starter was only at 70 pitches when he left the game. Three of the four Astros hits came against Ross' replacement Phil Klein.

In the bottom of the seventh, Jesus Guzman leadoff the inning with a walk. Carlos Corporan followed with a ground rule double, as a flare down the left field line bounced up into the stands. Jake Marisnick hit a chopper fielded by Klein. Klein's throw to first skipped away, allowing the two Astros' runner to score. The only runs in the game came as result of a ground rule double and a throwing error. It just wasn't the offense day at Minute Maid Park, but Houston will take it.

Most important of all, the Astros with this win have locked up the Silver Boot Trophy. The Silver Boot is the award given to the team that won the overall season series between the Astros and Rangers. The Astros haven't won it outright since 2006.