The Rangers offense doesn’t always land huge punches in every single inning.
However, when they do, it’s often lethal. 

Ahead by just one run, the Rangers used six hits and four runs to suffocate the Astros en route to a 7-2 victory on Saturday Night at Globe Life Field. 

Much like last night, the Rangers opened the scoring in the bottom of the second inning. Evan Carter smoked a double off the yellow line on the right field wall, and two batters later, Jonah Heim singled him home to put Texas up 1-0. 

In the third, the Astros took their first lead of the series after a two-out bases-loaded error by Corey Seager, which allowed two runs to score and Houston to take a 2-1 lead. The ball was hit sharply but right at Seager, who bobbled it before picking it up and firing wide of Jared Walsh at first base. 

Leody Taveras’ first RBI of the season couldn’t have come at a better time as with two outs in the bottom of the fourth, Taveras sliced an RBI double down the left field line to tie the game up at two. 

Marcus Semien followed up his big game last night with a clutch RBI single in the bottom of the sixth to give Texas their first lead of the night. 

The Rangers came through in the 8th inning to put this game away. Corey Seager and Wyatt Langford each delivered RBI hits before a wild pitch and RBI single from Adolis Garcia brought home two runs to push the Rangers lead out to 7-2. 

“It was a tight game, but it’s good to break it open there in the eighth inning,” Bruce Bochy said after the game.

“They just keep going and found a way to win that ballgame.”

“Throughout the lineup, I thought we had some great at-bats and some timely hits. For example, Leo [Leody Taveras] steals a base, Marcus gets a big hit there, Corey, Langford, Doli [Adolis Garcia] [Evan] Carter had three hits, just production throughout the order.”

Jon Gray started for the Rangers, and once again, he struggled to find his command, which cost him. Gray threw 84 pitches in just 3.2 innings, causing him to exit the game with a final line of 3.2 IP 5H 2R 0ER 3K and 3BB. 

“He was a little better; I think there was a strategic walk in there, he was being careful [in the] second or third trying to make his pitches, but overall, I thought his stuff [and] command was a little tighter tonight, a little better, something he should feel good about,” Bochy said. 

Usually, when a team’s bullpen has to eat 5.1 innings like the Rangers did tonight, it can get sticky. Tonight, Texas used six relievers who each threw shutout appearances in a huge effort to guide the Rangers to the win. 

“Great job throughout the bullpen. Burke came in and got a couple of hitters. You look at Urena [Jose]. That’s a big inning in the 5th, and really, Yates and Robertson just kept passing the baton. Sborzy before I had to take him out [and] Josey [Jose Leclerc] finished it.”

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