It’s rare that a starting pitcher steals the show on a night when an offense scores 10 runs, but that is exactly what Cody Bradford did tonight, as the Rangers blanked the Astros by a score of 10-2

Bradford was downright dominant. He pitched 7.2 innings, giving up just two hits and one run (given up by Yerry Rodriguez but charged to Bradford).

At one point, Cody Bradford retired 24 straight Astros on his career-best night. 

One of the most impressive notes of Bradford’s outing was the fact that he was able to hold Yordan Alverez, Kyle Tucker, and Alex Bregman hitless in 11 at-bats. 

“It’s really just [keeping] them off balance,” Bradford said.

“I faced them quite a few times last year in the regular season and in the playoffs, just keeping them off balance with speeds; I don’t have the stuff that’s too flashy, but sometimes 90 MPH can get you a long way if you trust your stuff and hit your spots”. 

Not only was Bradford’s outing significant, but who we did it against meant more to the DFW native than it would most other Rangers.

“It means a lot. [I] grew up in the area, and there are a lot of emotions from my hometown and my family, and we want to beat the Astros just as much as anyone else does, and it’s just really special.” 

The Rangers offense created a huge two-out rally in the bottom of the second, as both Corey Seager and Wyatt Langford tallied RBI hits. Shortly after, Adolis Garcia poked a three-run Jimmy Jack into the Rangers bullpen to help the Rangers explode for five runs in the inning. 

Josh Smith ripped a two-out RBI double in the fourth, and Adolis Garcia knocked in his tenth run of the season in the fifth to give the Rangers a commanding 7-0 lead. 

Marcus Semien connected for his first home run of the season to make it 10-0 Rangers, and that commanding lead turned into a domination. 

The Rangers’ offense tallied 10 runs on 16 hits, with every starter collecting at least one base hit. 

“Marcus set the tone, what a night he had, was on base five times, had three hits” Bruce Bochy said after the game. “Everybody in the lineup had a hit and a lot of timely hitting going on, and that’s how you get a score like that.” 

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