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Astros 11, Rangers 2: Astros dust off Rangers

Tempers flare but in the end it was the Astros night.

MLB: Houston Astros at Texas Rangers Andrew Dieb-USA TODAY Sports

The Astros needed just one to secure the silver boot from the Rangers. The Astros used an eight-run fourth inning to do just that and push the Rangers one more step out of the playoffs.

The Astros won a laugher 11-2 on Monday night at Globe Life Park behind a handful of home runs, Rangers errors, and walks.

The tone was set early by a confrontation between Collin McHugh and former Astro Carlos Gomez. Gomez appeared to be glaring at McHugh after a foul ball in the second inning, and McHugh barked at him about the look. It quickly became a hold-me back situation and nothing became of it.

The Rangers led 2-0 entering the fourth inning. The first two Astros would reach base. Marw Gonzalez and Evan Gattis singled and was followed by Alex Bregman sacrifice fly. Carlos Beltran walked and Derek Fisher was hit by cha pit

Two errors by the Rangers plated two runs and a bases-loaded walk helped the Astros take a 4-2 lead. Then the hits started coming, Gonzalez got his second hit of the inning with a two-RBI single. Evan Gattis ripped a double down the line to score two more runs.

Houston was in full control with the score 8-2.

The Rangers would load the bases in the fifth but McHugh got out of the jam with a strikeout of Robinson Chirinos.

Gonzalez collected his third hit of the game with a two-run blast into the Rangers bullpen in right field in the sixth — his 23rd home run of the season.

Doubles from Bregman and Tyler White scored another run in the seventh and Fisher scored another with a single.

Jose Altuve exited the game after being hit by a scary pitch that was high and tight from Jose Leclerc.

James Hoyt, Michael Feliz, Tyler Clippard, and Tony Sipp finished the game with a clean inning each. They combined to allow one hit and walk one while striking out eight over four innings.

Collin McHugh allowed two earned runs on seven hits over five innings, he struck out six and walked three.