Astros top Rangers to head to Houston with win

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Texas scored in the opening frame, with Shin-Soo Choo coming home on Nomar Mazara‘s groundout to first. Choo had singled to open the game and moved to third on a passed ball and then a wild pitch.

The Astros quickly responded in the inning’s bottom half, as Jose Altuve skied his 21st home run of the year off the C-ring supporting the dome’s roof to knot the score. Houston would pull ahead three innings later, as Josh Reddick lined a single into right field to score Alex Bregman from second.

Dropping the series finale, the Rangers fell to a game below .500.

MOMENTS THAT MATTERED
Ump ejects Hinch, Altuve ejects a baseball: George Springer took off for second base on a full-count pitch from Martinez, which Bregman whiffed on. Springer slid in safely, but he was called out for batter’s interference, prompting an argument between manager A.J. Hinch and second-base upmpire Joe West that led to an ejection of the skipper. The bases suddenly empty, Altuve hit a home run off the Tropicana Field C-ring, a solo shot to tie the game rather than a two-run blast.

Steal stands, then run scores: Bregman’s steal of second base in the fourth was challenged by the Rangers, but the call on the field stood. Having moved safely into scoring position, Bregman was able to score the go-ahead run on Reddick’s single to right field.

Connor Mount is a reporter for MLB.com based in St. Petersburg who covered the Rangers on Thursday.

Mark Feinsand is an executive reporter for MLB.com and covered the Astros on Thursday.

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


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