The Rangers came into Monday night’s game against the Astros desperately needing a win, and were able to get what they needed, as they defeated Houston 4-0.
Though wins against the Astros have become the expectation, while a loss is the exception, another good outing from Colby Lewis and a few explosive pops from the offense should not be discredited. After all, a win is a win at the end of the day, regardless of how you earned it.
After a Shin-Soo Choo single in the third, Adrian Beltre hit his third homerun of the year over the left field fence to put the Rangers on the board.
“It felt really good” said Beltre. “Obviously we haven’t been swinging the bat the way we’re capable of these last couple games, but you always feel comfortable coming here to Houston, and it was nice to give Colby a lead.”
All offensive production after the third was left in the hands of twenty-year-old Rougned Odor, as the rookie had his best game yet, and gave Houston a taste of what the double-a Frisco Roughriders’ opponents have seen all season long. Roogie earned his first major league RBI in the fourth, when a RBI single scored Mitch Moreland. And then in the sixth, young Roogie earned his first home run, a solo blast into the upper deck of Minute Maid Park.
“He swung the bat well” said Rangers’ manager Ron Washington. “Especially that base hit he got up there, then he took a chance on that first pitch fastball and got it out of there. He hits them far for a small guy, and he’s got some bat speed.”
In his first week as a Ranger, the youngest player in the major leagues has shown skill, but has also experienced his fair share of struggles. For Roogie, he believes his performance Monday night was what he needed to feel more comfortable in his new role.
“It felt great to contribute to the team” said Odor. “Being a part of the team is something that’s been hard for me to become accustomed to, but after hitting that home run, I feel accustomed now.”
Though Lewis only lasted 5.2 innings, he tied his season-high with eight strikeouts, and with the help of catcher Robinson Chirinos, who caught two base-runners stealing, gave up no runs.
“That’s the Colby we’re used to seeing” said Beltre. “Throwing strikes and keeping the defense on their toes. It was a nice outing that we needed, and hopefully that’s the Colby we’re going to see every day now.”
It was the ninth shutout for the Rangers, giving them the most shutouts in the MLB.
Game two against the Astros is slated for 7:05 p.m. CT.