The Texas Rangers outplayed the Houston Astros Tuesday night in a 7-5 win. That said the Astros couldn't catch a break. Houston errors led to Ranger runs, Texas bloop hits found holes in the Astros defense and hard-hit balls from the Astros found Ranger gloves.
The opening act of The Lone Star Series was a flashback to the end of 2015. The Rangers looked like the better team and played like it.
George Springer doubled in the first inning, but the Astros couldn't string together hits to get him home. The Rangers didn't have that problem in the bottom of the inning.
Following an error by Carlos Correa to allow Nomar Mazara to reach, Fielder belted a two-run home run. Back-to-back-to-back singles from Adrian Beltre, Mitch Moreland, and Ian Desmond generated another run in Texas. The Rangers led 3-0 right out of the gate.
The Astros got two runs back in the top of the second. Evan Gattis, Carlos Gomez, and Marwin Gonzalez each hit a double to start the second. Jason Castro, Jake Marisnick, and Jose Altuve were set down in order to end the Astros threat after scoring two runs.
Desmond sparked the Rangers for another run in the third as he hit a one-out double. Rougned Odor signled home Desmond, making the score 4-2.
The Rangers roughed up Josh Fileds in the sixth. Odor singled, followed by doubles from Elvis Andrus and Brett Nicholas -- scoring two runs.
Everything was going the Rangers' way including bunts. Delino DeShields dropped a bunt to move Nicholas to third and the ball rolled on the chalk for 60 feet without going foul.
Jose Altuve and George Springer would contiue their hot streaks with back-to-back home runs in the seventh. Moreland answered for the Rangers with a home run in the bottom of the inning.
Colby Ramsus generated a final run in the nineth, walking, stealing second and moving the final 180 feet on fielder's choice plays.