Nick Tepesch struggled to go deep in the game, and the offense stranded too many runners, resulting in a 4-2 loss for the Rangers at the hands of the Houston Astros.
The Rangers were the first on the board, as the top of the order combined for a run in the top of the first. Back-to-back singles from Leonys Martin and Elvis Andrus put runners on the corners with no outs for Mike Carp. Though Carp grounded into a double play, Martin was able to score and give the Rangers the lead.
In the third, the Rangers were able to load the bases, but only produce one run. Robinson Chirinos and Martin hit back-to-back singles, and Andrus laid down a bunt for a single to load the bases. Carp hit a sacrifice fly to score Chirinos, for the Rangers last run of the game.
Tepesch allowed a single to Jose Altuve, and walked Chris Carter before being replaced by Roman Mendez in the fifth. Dexter Fowler singled off Mendez, loading the bases for Jason Castro, who proceeded to hit a grand slam.
Castro's slam broke a streak of seven scoreless frames by Mendez.
It was the second shortest start of the year for Tepesch, who lasted only four and a third innings before exiting the mound. While Tepesch only allowed five hits, he walked three, threw 89 pitches, and lacked control of his pitches. Some crucial plays by the defense kept Tepesch from giving up runs earlier in the game, as he worked out of both two-men on and bases loaded situations.
Following Tepesch and Mendez, Phil Klein and Shawn Tolleson each hurled a shutout inning for the Rangers. The two combined completely shut down the Astros, achieving six quick outs in the seventh and eighth innings.
Jim Adduci exited the game in the fourth after colliding with Rougned Odor while catching a foul ball. The Rangers announced that Adduci was removed for precautionary reasons, and would be undergoing further observation.
Scott Baker takes the mound for the Rangers Friday night, facing off against Brett Oberholtzer. Game time is slated for 7:05 p.m. CT.