Lone Star serious: Astros rally past Rangers

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Rangers starter Andrew Cashner held the Astros to one unearned run on two hits through six innings. But he walked Alex Bregman to leadoff the seventh — the third straight inning he walked the leadoff batter — and this one started the Astros’ five -run rally. McCullers struck out 10 batters in 6 1/3 innings, but Chris Devenski got the win by retiring all five batters he faced.

MOMENTS THAT MATTERED

Errant Elvis helps Astros:The Astros’ seventh-inning rally began with a leadoff walk by Casher to Alex Bregman, but an ensuing throwing error by Rangers shortstop Elvis Andrus opened things up for Houston. Aoki hit a grounder to Andrus’ right, and he made a wild throw to second to try to get Bregman on a force, allowing both runners to advance and eventually scored to put the Astros ahead.

Napoli hits one out of sight: Napoli broke a tie in the fourth inning when he crushed a pitch from McCullers and sent it 427 feet to straightaway center for his fourth homer, giving the Rangers a 2-1 lead. Astros center fielder George Springer lost the ball and had his hands up in the air in perplexity as the ball clanked off the outfield deck where fans are sitting. The homer had an exit velocity of 108 mph and traveled 427 feet, according to Statcast™.

WHAT’S NEXT
Rangers: Left-hander Cole Hamels faces the Astros at 7:10 p.m. CT on Tuesday at Minute Maid Park. Hamels has won his last two starts and is 6-3 with a 4.06 ERA in 14 career starts against the Astros..

Astros: Right-hander Mike Fiers (0-1, 5.12 ERA) will start for the Astros in Tuesday’s 7:10 p.m. CT game against the Rangers at Minute Maid Park. Fiers went only 4 1/3 innings in his last start Thursday in Cleveland, allowing two runs and five hits. He’s 0-1 with a 6.23 ERA in his career against Texas.

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

Brian McTaggart has covered the Astros since 2004, and for MLB.com since 2009. Follow @brianmctaggart on Twitter and listen to his podcast.

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


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