Arlington, TX (Sports Network) - Elvis Andrus hit a sacrifice fly to score
pinch-runner Adam Rosales with the decisive run in the ninth inning to boost
the red-hot Texas Rangers to a 5-4 triumph over the Houston Astros.
Andrus also put down a successful squeeze bunt in the seventh inning, before
the Astros tied it in the eighth thanks to the wildness of Tanner Scheppers,
who hit a pair of batters and uncorked two wild pitches.
The AL West leaders, who hold a 2 1/2-game advantage on Oakland in the
division, have won 18 of their last 22 contests. Texas also has won 14 of the
last 15 matchups against the Astros, including this three-game sweep.
Mitch Moreland singled to center to start the bottom of the ninth against
Chia-Jen Lo (0-1). Jurickson Profar walked and with one out, Leonys Martin
walked. Andrus then lifted a fly ball to left field. The throw home from Chris
Carter sailed over the head of catcher Jason Castro.
Craig Gentry homered for the Rangers, who got six-plus innings out of starter
Derek Holland. Joe Nathan (4-2) had a pair of strikeouts in the top of the
Castro went 2-for-3 with a homer and scored three times, but the Astros fell
to 5-15 this month. Erik Bedard allowed five hits and three runs -- two earned
-- over the first 4 1/3 innings.
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