Rangers gave a strong pitching performance to register three-game series sweep
The Astros dropped their fourth consecutive game and endured their first series sweep on the season.
Ronald Guzman recorded the last of three sixth-inning doubles, and the Texas Rangers rode a strong pitching performance from Mike Minor to a 4-3 victory and three-game series sweep of the host Houston Astros on Sunday at Minute Maid Park.
The Astros dropped their fourth consecutive game and endured their first series sweep on the season. Houston claimed the season series from Texas 12-7 but entered the weekend having won eight consecutive games against the Rangers. The Astros' offense proved ineffective again.
Minor (7-6) recorded eight strikeouts, one shy of his season high, over six innings, issuing just one walk (an intentional pass to Astros designated hitter Evan Gattis with two outs in the sixth) while allowing two runs and four hits.
Houston manufactured the same situation against left-hander Alex Claudio an inning later, with J.D. Davis following a White single with a double to center field. The Astros came away empty-handed that frame, closing the game 1-for-7 with runners in scoring position after Kemp delivered a two-out, RBI single in the ninth.
Astros right-hander Lance McCullers (10-6) cruised through his first four innings, allowing just one hit while posting seven strikeouts. He faltered a bit in the fifth, allowing the Rangers to pull even at 1-1 on an RBI double by Delino DeShields before recovering to strike out Shin-Soo Choo for the third time in as many at-bats to strand two runners in scoring position.
However, the Rangers added three runs in the sixth. Rougned Odor and Jurickson Profar posted consecutive doubles for a 2-1 lead. Profar took third on a wild pitch and scored on an error by second baseman Yuli Gurriel that allowed Isiah Kiner-Falefa to reach base. Guzman chased McCullers with a double that knocked in Kiner-Falefa for a 4-1 lead.
Houston pitchers totalled 19 strikeouts, a club record for a nine-inning game.
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