Adolis Garcia hit the first Grand Slam by a Texas batter in almost two years. Series finale Sunday.
Garcia’s 29th home run came during the fifth 8-run explosion, the highest-scoring inning for the bottom Rangers of the season. Peters led it with a towering 450-foot drive to a straight centerfield that turned it 6-2, chasing Houston starter Zack Greinke (11-5).
Taylor Hearn (4-4) threw his career’s best 62/3 innings to win two consecutive starts with six strikeouts. The big left-handed allowed 2 runs and 6 hits.
Hahn retired the first 12 batters before Jordan Alvarez opened his fifth home run on his 28th home run. The shoot was pulled to the right and bounced high off the foul pole. It was Alvarez’s sixth home run in nine games.
The Astros (77-53) scored four consecutive victories, matching the most biased defeat of the season.
They were trying to dominate Texas for the fourth time in five series this year. The Rangers won all three games at home in May. He won twice with 10 Garcia goodbye hits, but lost in the first two games this weekend.
Texas (45-85) has won their 10th victory in 40 games since the All-Star Break and lost four games in a row. The Rangers have lost the last five home games.
Peters had an RBI double that preempted three runs that preempted the Rangers. They started the game with three consecutive singles. At the end Garcia drove on the first run. Peters added another sacrifice fly in the third place when Jake Mayers knelt on the warning track in the center left and made an impressive catch.
This season’s All-Star outfielders Garcia and Peters are one of the 13 newcomers on the Rangers’ list of 26. Both have finished the triple shy of the cycle.
Greinke hit 1 and walked 2 while allowing 6 runs and 9 hits in the season’s high match in 4 innings. Bryan Abreu then gave up seven runs, recording only two outs.
The Rangers were the only MLB team without a Grand Slam this season, ending with the Rogue Ned Odors against the New York Yankees on September 28, 2019. Garcia moved to one of the 30 Homer Pete Inca Viglia Rangers Rookie Records set in 1986.
Astros: Catcher Jason Castro was put on the 10-day injured list, dating back Thursday, due to discomfort in his right knee. Catcher Garrett Stubbs has been recalled from Triple A Sugar Land.
Rangers: Manager Chris Woodward said he wasn’t overly optimistic about the situation of INF Andy Ibanez, who felt more pain after finishing Saturday’s match with tension in the left hamstring muscle. … INF Charlie Culberson (COVID-19 Injury List) may be triggered on Monday or Tuesday after some pre-match work.
Astros: RHP Luis Garcia (10-6, 3.21 ERA) begins Monday night with the opener of a three-game series in Seattle, a rival of AL West.
Rangers: AJ Alexie will be the third Texas starting pitcher in six days to make his big league debut. A 23-year-old right-handed player pitches with a series opener against Colorado on Monday night. He came to Texas as part of the 2017 deadline for sending Yu Darvish to the Los Angeles Dodgers.
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