Rangers avoid sweep in Houston
Houston, TX (SportsNetwork.com) - Shin-Soo Choo and Adrian Beltre both hit solo home runs as the Texas Rangers topped the Houston Astros, 6-2, in the finale of a three-game series at Minute Maid Park.
The Rangers avoided a sweep, finished up a 3-6 road trip and saw starter Nick Martinez pick up his first victory since May 24.
Martinez (2-8) held Houston to two runs on five hits, and three relievers behind him combined to pitch four innings of one-hit ball.
"I don't blow anybody by, I'm not one of those guys that can throw it upper 90s," Martinez said. "I really have to locate, and if I can make hitters feel uncomfortable by feeling up in the zone I think that will work to my strengths."
Houston had won seven in a row against its AL West foes but could not overcome Dallas Keuchel (10-8) giving up a season-worst tying five runs.
"They were just hacking, and they found some holes and hit some balls hard," said Keuchel. "I'm not going to change anything. We just got our butts whooped today."
The Astros had runners on the corners and no outs in the first inning and only pushed one run across on Chris Carter's fielder's choice ground ball.
Jose Altuve scored in the third inning when he was hit by a pitch, stole second and raced home on Jason Castro's single, but that was the Astros' only hit with a runner in scoring position all game.
Alex Rios doubled in a run in the fourth and scored the tying run on Adam Rosales' base hit. Rios' slide at the plate knocked the ball away from Carlos Corporan, but he aggravated an ankle injury on the play and did not return.
Texas went ahead for good in the fifth, which began with Robinson Chirinos doubling to center field. Chirinos moved to third on a Dan Robertson single and scored on a wild pitch, and Robertson raced home on Elvis Andrus' sacrifice fly.
Beltre led off the sixth with his 17th home run of the year, and Choo opened the next frame with an opposite-field blast off Jose Veras.
Roman Mendez pitched a scoreless sixth, Shawn Tolleson retired all six batters he faced and Neftali Feliz worked a 1-2-3 ninth to finish things off.
Texas had dropped 16 of its previous 17 games against division opponents ... The Astros had their five-game home winning streak snapped ... Keuchel gave up six hits and three walks in his six innings of work.
08/10 21:03:56 ET