The Astros swept the Arlington Rangers today in four games in impressive fashion, breaking open the game in the eighth inning with a barrage of hits scoring four runs. Lance McCullers threw six shutout innings, handing the Stros a 6-2 win.
The Astros opened the scoring in the first inning after Michael Brantley singled with two outs against starter Kyle Gibson and advanced to second on a wild pitch. He scored on an Alex Bregman single.
The Astros added a run in the fifth inning when Carlos Correa hit into a one-out ground out with the bases loaded, scoring Chas McCormick, who walked earlier.
Meanwhile, Lance McCullers was cruising yet again, throwing six scoreless innings. But in the seventh, he was replaced by Andre Srubb, who allowed a Kris Davis single followed by a David Dahl two-run homer.
For the day McCullers threw six complete, with five k’s and two walks. He reverted somewhat to an earlier pattern of having control issues, only getting 55 strikes out of 95 pitches.
The score was tied until the Astros broke out in the eighth inning. Going against Joely Rodriguez, the Astros piled on hits, starting with Jose Altuve to lead-off, followed by hits from Carlos Correa and Alex Bregman to load the bases.
Yuli Gurriel got the first RBI of the inning with a one-out sac fly, followed by a Kyle Tucker walk, followed by a two-run single by Chas McCormick, and an RBI single by Myles Straw.
Here’s the Gurriel go-ahead sac fly.
Enoli Paredes, just back from IL, closed the game for the Astros with a scoreless ninth inning recording two K’s
I was hoping to report today that five Astros had five batting averages over .300, but just as Jose Altuve crossed the threshold at .303, Michael Brantley dropped below at .297. The other three are Alex Bregman, Yordan Alvarez, and Yuli Gurriel. Altuve has a .303 average and an 11 game hitting streak in which, prior to today’s two-hit game, he has hit .381.
Box score and videos HERE.