The Astros and Rangers met on Tuesday night at Globe Life Field for their second game of a three-game series. With a victory, the Rangers would clinch a series win against the Astros something that they haven’t done since May of 2021.
Dane Dunning got the ball for the Rangers looking for his second win of the season. The Astros made Dunning work early on as he had thrown 40 pitches after just two innings.
Houston managed to get a runner into scoring position in each of the first three innings. However, Dunning was able to escape every time holding the Astros scoreless through three.
Arguably, in June the Rangers’ best hitter was second baseman, Marcus Semien. Coming into the game on Tuesday Semien was slashing 3.21/.368/.623/.991 through 12 games in June.
Semien would continue his hot streak, getting the Rangers to the board first in the bottom of the third. Marcus singled home Ezequiel Duran who got on via an infield single.
After three innings the Rangers lead the Astros 1-0.
Adolis Garcia laced a single to lead off the 4th for Texas but after a pair of ground-outs from Kole Calhoun and Sam Huff, hope looked lost for the Rangers to score that inning.
That was until Nathaniel Lowe drove a 3-1 pitch into the right-field bullpen to put the Rangers ahead 3-0.
The only thing negative about Dane Dunning’s performance was his high pitch count. It took Dunning 99 pitches to get through 6, causing Chris Woodward to make a move to his pen.
However, what a day it was for Dunning as he pitch six scoreless innings allowing just two hits and striking out four.
John King came out to pitch the 8th and, I guess that way to describe it is… a royal mess.
With runners on the corners and no one out, Alex Bregman hit a sharp groundball to Corey Seager who threw home. A perfect throw was caught by Sam Huff to get the runner in a run down. However, Ezequiel Duran dropped the ball at third and the run scored.
Houston would tack on another on an RBI ground out to cut the lead to one… and that’s when it happened.
Kyle Tucker stepped up to the plate and blasted a ball into the Rangers bullpen to give the Astros a 4-3 lead.
All of a sudden Houston put up a 4 spot in the 8th. One second Texas was cruising and the next Houston was winning.
The Rangers entered the 9th with Calhoun, Huff, and Lowe due up to try and tie or win the game.
Kole Calhoun would start the inning with a single and be run for by Charlie Culberson.
The Astros would erase that runner when Sam Huff grounded into a double play.
However, Nathaniel Lowe would single to extend the game.
Duran would pop out and the Rangers would lose 4-3