The series win over the weekend against the Detriot Tigers was a sigh of relief. The three games against the Texas Rangers have been a sobering wake-up call. The Rangers completed a three-game sweep with a 7-4 win over the Astros ace Dallas Keuchel.
The Astros offense once again jumped out quick. Jose Altuve and George Springer opened the game with back-to-back doubles -- scoring a run. Colby Rasmus walked to put two runners with one out in the inning, but Tyler White and Preston Tucker couldn't push them across.
The key hit the Astros was looking for was ready and available for the Rangers. Keuchel cruised through his first two batters before allowing singles to Andrian Beltre and Prince Fielder. Ian Desmond smoked all the first pitch he saw for a three-run home run to the bullpens in right field.
Just like that, the Keuchel went from needing one out to get out of the inning to 3-1 Rangers.
The Rangers manufactured a few more runs in the second and third. In the second, Ryan Rua and Bryan Holaday opened the half inning with singles. Hanser Alberto moved them up a base with a sacrifice bunt. Delino DeShields hit a sharp ball to Carlos Correa that knocked him off balance but Correa was able to get Deshields -- allowing a run to score.
Desmond and Elvis Andrus combined a double and triple for the Rangers' fifth run of the game in the third.
Meantime, the Astros only offense for the rest of the game came from Colby Rasmus. Rasmus hit a solo blast in the fourth and a two-run shot in the eighth.
The Astros would waste a double with one out from Tucker in the fourth.
The Rangers added on in the fifth and seventh with a run in each inning highlighted by an Adrian Beltre home run.
The bottom of Desmond and Elvis Andrus combined a double and triple for the Rangers' fifth run of the game in the third.
Keuchel is now 1-3 with a 6.75 ERA in seven career starts at Globe Life Park.