Rangers fall late as Astros strike big in the eighth

The Rangers entered the eighth inning with a lead, and left with a loss, as the Houston Astros scored two runs late to defeat Texas 3-2.

For the third time in the last four games, the Rangers were able to score in the first inning taking an early lead. With two out, Alex Rios doubled off the top of the left field wall, and though it was reviewed to see if the ball left the park, the double call was confirmed. Adrian Beltre walked, and then Ryan Rua collected the first RBI of his big league career, hitting a single to score Rios.

In similar fashion, the Astros were able to tie the game in the second inning. Jason Castro doubled, and Matt Dominguez singled, scoring Castro for Houston's first run of the game.

After three scoreless innings, Texas went ahead in the top of the sixth. Daniel Robertson hit a leadoff double, and advanced to third on a wild pitch from Dallas Keuchel. Rios singled to score Robertson, giving the Rangers their final run of the day.

Dominguez struck again for the Astros in the eighth, tying the game with a solo blast to deep left field off Rangers reliever Neal Cotts. Then, Cotts hit Nick Marisnick with a pitch, and Marisnick stole second. Robbie Grossman was walked, and Jose Altuve, who was 4-for-5 on the day, singled to score Marisnick, and give Houston the lead.

Houston almost added an insurance run later on in the eighth, as Chris Carter singled and Grossman rounded the bases. However, Leonys Martin used his cannon arm to launch the ball quickly to catcher Robinson Chirinos, who preceded to tag Grossman out at home.

The two runs allowed by Cotts lead to his eighth loss of the year for the Rangers, and his seventh blown save. It's not often you see a relief pitcher have eight losses, and the next closest reliever on the Texas staff has three.

It was a no decision kind of day for Rangers' start Nick Martinez, who went five and a third innings, allowing six hits and one earned run. Martinez got himself into some sticky situations, including walking the bases loaded in the third, but was able to work his way out safely. Unfortunately for Martinez, allowing too many base runners lead to a 104 pitch count early in the game, so his time was limited.

Colby Lewis and Yordano Ventura face off for the second time this year, as the Rangers head to Kansas City Monday. Game time is slated for 7:10 p.m. CT.


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