It took the Astros three innings to figure out Rangers starter Glenn Otto, but when they did all the mysteries were fully revealed. By the fourth inning, six hits, and three walks later, the Astros found themselves up 7-0. It was way more than enough for the win.
The key hits were doubles by Yordan Alvarez and Kyle Tucker, a two-RBI single by Alex Bregman, and a three-run, 442-foot homer by Carlos Correa.
The Astros kept piling on, with two more runs in the sixth and three in the eighth. Meanwhile Astros starter Luis Garcia managed to strand baserunners all night, allowing only one run in 5.1 innings despite five hits, three walks, and only two strikeouts.
The key to Astros scoring in the sixth inning was a two-run single by Alex Bregman, who finished the game with four RBI. The scoring in the eighth came on a two-run homer by Chaz McCormick and an RBI double by Jake Meyers.
The Astros relief of Yimi Garcia, Phil Maton, and Josh James held the Rangers scoreless after Garcia’s departure.
In three Astros wins in this series in Arlington, the Astros scored 15, 7, and 12 runs respectively. Tonight the Astros had 15 hits, including five doubles and two homers.
Friday the Astros begin a three-game series in Minute Maid at 7:10 against another of the weak sisters of MLB, the Arizona Diamondbacks. Brandon Bielak gets the start against Madison Bumgarner.