The Houston Astros picked up their first win against the Texas Rangers on Wednesday, but dropped to 1-9 against Texas after a 5-3 loss to the Rangers at Globe Life Park. Collin McHugh struggled mightily and Chris Devenski picked up him up on the mound in relief. But the Astros offense couldn't crack the Rangers bullpen after getting Martin Perez out early. On top of that, Carlos Correa left the game early with ankle injury in the loss.
The Astros got on the board first in the third inning. George Springer, Jose Altuve, and Carlos Correa loaded the bases in the third inning with one out. Evan Gattis plated the first run with a sacrifice fly. Marwin Gonzalez followed with single to score the second run.
The Rangers squared up McHugh in the bottom of the inning. Elvis Andrus walked to lead off the inning. Mitch Moreland doubled to score Andrus. Bryan Holaday singled to put runners on the corners and Jurickson Profar singled to score Moreland. Nomar Mazara drove in the third run of the inning with a single to left to put the Rangers in front.
But McHugh rebounded by striking out Rougned Odor and Ryan Rua to end the inning.
Prince Fielder continued to be an Astros-killer adding a solo home run in the fourth inning.
Devenski replaced McHugh in the fourth after the Ranger collected to more hard hits off the Astros starter. Devenski was able to prevent another run to score.
Correa left the game in the fifth inning after spraining his ankle running to first. Jose Altuve moved to shortstop for the first time in his six-year major league career. Tony Kemp entered the game at second base.
Jake Marisnick generated a run for the Astros in the seventh. Marisnick singled and moved to second on a throwing error. He moved to third on a Springer ground out and scored on a Altuve single.
Odor added another solo home run push the Rangers lead to two runs.
Springer punctuated the dismal series in Arlington by being tagged out at second base after moving up on a ground out by Tony Kemp.