A comeback performance propelled the Rangers past the Astros 6-2, as Texas was able to avoid being swept once again by Houston.
The Astros jumped out to an early lead in the first, with Nick Martinez starting off slow for the Rangers. Robbie Grossman drew a leadoff walk, and Jose Altuve hitting a single to put runners on the corners for Chris Carter. Carter hit into what was originally called a double play, but challenged to become a fielder's choice, but scored Grossman in the process.
Things settled down until the third, where Altuve was hit by a pitch, and stole second, putting himself in scoring position. Jason Castro singled to score Altuve, and the Astros lead the Rangers 2-0.
Texas fought back in the fourth, with Elvis Andrus hitting a leadoff single, and then taking second and third base on a wild pitch from Dallas Keuchel. Alex Rios doubled to score Andrus and put the Rangers on the board. Adam Rosales singled to score Rios, and the game was tied 2-2.
While sliding home to score the tying run, Rios tweaked his right ankle, that has been bothering him for some time. Jim Adduci came into the game for Rios, and the Rangers announced that Rios would undergo further evaluation on his ankle sometime Monday.
The Rangers took full control of the game in the fifth, with Robinson Chirinos and Daniel Robertson starting it all off with back-to-back doubles. Chirinos would score on another Keuchel wild pitch, and Robinson on a sacrifice fly from Andrus, giving the Rangers a 4-2 lead over Houston.
Solo home runs from Adrian Beltre in the sixth inning, and Shin-Soo Choo in the seventh, gave the Rangers two more insurance runs, a score more reminiscent of Rangers/Astros games in the past.
Martinez only lasted five innings for the Rangers, but in the end, the five innings and two runs allowed were enough to secure his second career win. Additionally, Martinez collected a career-high six strikeouts, so it's safe to say the Rookie should be pleased with his performance.
Roman Mendez, Shawn Tolleson, and Neftali Feliz all came in for the Rangers in relief, coming together to shut down the Astros. The trio allowed only two baserunners, on a single and a walk, and gave Martinez the bullpen support he needed through the final four innings.
Saturday's win snapped a seven-game skid for the Rangers against the Astros, bringing the record between the two teams this year to 7-4 in favor of Houston. With seven games left between the in-state competitors, the Rangers still have a shot at taking control of the Silver Boot.
The Rangers head back home to take on the Tampa Bay Rays for a four game series, beginning Monday. Game time is slated for 7:05 p.m. CT.