Texas 11, Houston 10
When: 3:05 PM ET, Sunday, April 21, 2019
Where: Globe Life Park in Arlington, Arlington, Texas
Hunter Wendelstedt, 1B -
Jim Reynolds, 2B -
Stu Scheurwater, 3B -
Joey Gallo capped a prolific weekend with his third consecutive multi-hit game, and the host Texas Rangers claimed the rubber match of their three-game series with the Houston Astros with an 11-10 victory Sunday in Arlington.
After slugging home runs in each of the first two games, Gallo finished 2-for-3 with five RBIs and delivered a two-run triple that ignited Texas' three-run first inning against Astros right-hander Collin McHugh.
Gallo also hit a sacrifice fly in the Rangers' four-run third inning and, after the Astros chased Texas right-hander Shelby Miller with a five-run sixth, Gallo added a run-scoring single in the bottom of the sixth to provide added insurance.
Carlos Correa and Josh Reddick both homered as Houston closed to within 11-8 in the eighth.
George Springer opened the ninth with the Astros' fifth home run of the game, who scratched across a second run against Rangers closer Jose Leclerc before Texas reliever Shawn Kelley entered and fanned Robinson Chirinos with the bases loaded to preserve the win.
Houston was 3-0-1 over its previous four series. The Astros had won nine consecutive games in Arlington before dropping the final two games of a three-game set April 2-3. The Rangers claimed the final two games of this series by pounding Astros starters Gerrit Cole and McHugh.
After tagging Cole for nine runs (eight earned) over 4 1/3 innings Saturday, Texas saddled McHugh with 10 runs (nine earned) in the finale.
McHugh did not survive the fourth, undone when he deflected a batted ball from Delino DeShields, enabling DeShields to reach base two batters before Danny Santana reached when Chirinos was cited for catcher's interference.
Elvis Andrus followed with a two-run double that chased McHugh and built Texas' lead to 9-1. Gallo's sacrifice fly made it 10-1.
McHugh (3-2) allowed eight hits and one walk while recording one strikeout over 3 1/3 innings.
Miller (1-1) ceded the mound in the sixth after Yuli Gurriel reached on a one-out error by right fielder Shin-Soo Choo.
Alex Bregman and Michael Brantley opened that frame with back-to-back homers, with Bregman smacking his fourth dinger and Brantley his third.
Miller allowed four runs (three earned) on five hits and two walks with three strikeouts in 5 1/3 innings.
--Field Level Media
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