Astros slug Rangers as Keuchel goes to 9-0

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Carlos Correa delivered the big hit with a three-run home run off Rangers starter Yu Darvish in the fifth. It’s the second straight start that Darvish has been beaten by a three-run homer with two out in the fifth, and he is now 5-4 with a 3.13 ERA after 12 starts.

George Springer broke the game open with a three-run homer in the eighth, sending the Astros to their eighth straight victory, the longest active winning streak in the Majors. The Rangers, who didn’t score until Adrian Beltre‘s ninth-inning home run, have lost nine of their last 12 since winning 10 in a row.

Correa strikes back: Darvish struck out Correa in his first two at-bats. The second time came in the third inning on three straight fastballs. Correa came up with two on and two out in the fifth and Darvish went off-speed. Correa ended up hitting an 84.3-mph slider over the left-field wall for a three-run home run. The shot was set up by a two-out single from Josh Reddick and a double by Jose Altuve.

Correa's three-run homer

Beltre breaks up no-hitter: Keuchel retired 11 of the first 12 batters he faced, walking only Mike Napoli in the second. Beltre picked up the Rangers’ first hit with two out in the fourth when he hit a fly ball deep down the right-field line. Reddick, the Astros’ right fielder, got there but overran the ball, and it fell just inside the line for what was scored as a double. It was the 1,075th extra-base hit of Beltre’s career, tying him with Reggie Jackson for 24th all-time.

Beltre doubles to right

Keuchel holds off threat: Keuchel retired 17 of the first 19 batters faced before running into trouble with two outs in the sixth inning. Elvis Andrus and Jonathan Lucroy reached on singles and Beltre drew a walk. That brought up Rougned Odor, who fouled off a couple of two-strike pitches before hitting an inning-ending grounder to first.

T.R. Sullivan has covered the Rangers since 1989, and for since 2006. Follow him on Twitter @Sullivan_Ranger and listen to his podcast.

Brian McTaggart is a reporter for and writes an MLBlog, Tag’s Lines. Follow @brianmctaggart on Twitter.

This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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