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Rangers 3, Astros 2: Seriously?


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Carlos Gomez was actually laughing as he caught the final out of the game.

The Texas Rangers did that thing where they break collective heart of the Houston Astros again. If I was Gomez, I'd find it pretty funny too.

The Astros took a 2-1 lead into the ninth inning and closer Ken Giles got a ground out and two strikeouts consecutively to start the inning.


Nope. Unfortunately - on the first strikeout - Rougned Odor swung at a slider so far out of the strike zone that it bounced away and allowed him to reach first. He stole second while Mitch Moreland struck out and then Elvis Andrus hit a game-tying triple to center field because that's what happens when you're winning your 15th of 18 games against the Astros this season.

Next pitch: Jurickson Profar singles to left to score Andrus because that's what happens when you're improving to 33-10 in one-run games.




Jose Altuve and Jason Castro homered in this game to support Brad Peacock, who became the first Astros starter in September to go six innings. Hope you took Brad in the "Who's going to be the first Astros starter to go six innings in September?" bet because it probably paid handsomely.

Will Harris stranded two runners in the seventh by striking out Joey Gallo. Luke Gregerson impressed by striking out the side in the eighth for another hold.

But then the Astros lost in the ninth inning because the 2016 Houston Astros can't have nice things. The Astros have lost four straight and sit 4.5 games out of a playoff spot.

If there's any good news, it's that tomorrow will be the last time Houston plays Texas in the regular season.