A two-plus hour rain delay could have easily put a damper on the Astros’ start to a three-game series with the rival Rangers. But instead, the Astros once again proved their not the same team that went 4-15 against Texas in 2016.
The Astros used six scoreless innings, a pair of three-run home runs from Carlos Correa and George Springer to win game one against the Rangers, 7-1.
The Astros set the tone early against the Rangers’ ace Yu Darvish. The Astros got a runner on base in the first four innings and even picked up a stolen base from Brian McCann.
The Astros didn’t break through against Darvish until the fifth inning. Josh Reddick and Jose Altuve picked up singles with two outs in the frame. Correa punished Darvish for extending the inning with a three-run home run to left center to put the Astros up 3-0.
The Astros did a good job working counts and forced Darvish to exit after just 5 innings and 104 pitches. Keuchel pitched well tossing 6 scoreless innings but surprisingly excited after having its most taxing inning in the sixth inning.
The Astros played add-on in the 8th inning with a Yuli Gurriel RBI double. Two batters later, with Gurriel on second and Marinisck on first, George Springer crushed a 3 run homer to center field to make it 7-0 Astros.
Giles pitched the 9th allowing a lead-off homer to Beltre but was solid after that. The Astros won 7-1, improving to 39-16.
Next Up: Lance McCullers takes the mound against Andrew Cashner.