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Rangers 4, Astros 2: Springer, Correa home runs not enough

Why did have to be Odor?

MLB: Texas Rangers at Houston Astros Erik Williams-USA TODAY Sports

Rougned Odor has started the 2017 season poorly. Poorly doesn't do it justice. He’s been hot garbage. He's batting .210 with 61 and 11 walks in 252 at-bats — sporting a 66 sOPS+.

But of course, that slump doesn’t matter against Houston. Odor saves his best work for the Astros. Odor has batted .290 (63x217) with 13 home runs and 43 RBIs in 58 career games against the Astros entering Tuesday.

The Astro-killer added another chapter to his dominance over Houston in a 4-2 Rangers win at Minute Maid Park.

Odor blasted two home runs to power Texas over the Astros.

Odor’s first home run was a first-pitch changeup from Chris Devenski in the seventh inning. The homer was a laser into the front row of the bleacher in right-center field.

The second came in the eighth inning when Odor took Luke Gregerson to the opposite field to the Crawford Boxes, again in the front row.

The Astros nearly got exactly what they needed with Tuesday with starting pitcher Brad Peacock. Peacock allowed one earned run on two hits over 4 2/3 innings. He struck out 10 and walked four. Peacock set an Astros mark for most strikeouts in one outing in less than five innings of work.

But the walks hurt Peacock, he walked in a run in the fifth inning.

The Astros’ only runs came from home runs by George Springer and Carlos Correa. Springer collected his seventh leadoff home run this season and Correa blasted his 12th home run of the season.

But outside of that, Nick Martinez settled down and pitch six strong innings for the Rangers.