Astros hold off Rangers rally, seize victory 6-5

ARLINGTON, Texas — The Houston Astros held off a Texas Rangers five-run rally to earn a 6-5 win Saturday night at Globe Life Park in Arlington.

Shortstop Elvis Andrus popped the top off the scoring with an RBI single to drive home Shin-Soo Choo on a 2-2 pitch to give the Rangers a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first inning.

Carlos Beltran tied the game 1-1 in the top of the second inning when he belted a 3-1 pitch into right field for a solo shot home run. It was the designated hitter’s seventh of the season and 15th of his career against Texas.

The Astros took the lead 2-1 in the top of the third inning with an RBI single from Carlos Correa on a 3-1 pitch with bases loaded. Beltran added a 2-RBI single in his following at-bat to give Houston a 4-1 lead. A wild pitch from Andrew Cashner allowed Correa to score and deliver the Astros a 5-1 lead.

Texas struck back with a three-run fifth inning. Andrus started it off with a 2-RBI double to drive home Ryan Rua and Jared Hoying to cut the Houston lead to 5-3. After a Nomar Mazara walk, Adrian Beltre hit an RBI single to drive home Andrus and trim the Astros lead to 5-4.

An optimistic moment existed for Texas in the seventh inning as second baseman Rougned Odor was at the plate with runners at first and second and one out. Odor, who entered the game with a .203 batting average, struck out on a 1-2 pitch from relief pitcher Will Harris. Catcher Jonathan Lucroy also struck out at the next at-bat to strand both base runners and leave the score 5-4 heading into the eighth inning.

With Altuve leading off in the ninth inning, he blasted a home run shot to left field to give the Astros an insurance run and a 6-4 lead.

The Rangers countered with Andrus reaching base on a walk on a 3-1 pitch. After Mazara struck out on a 2-2 pitch, Beltre hit an RBI single to score Andrus and pull within one, the score 6-5. However, Odor struck out with Delino DeShields pinch running for Beltre at first, and Houston left Globe Life with the win.

Astros starting pitcher Andrew McCullers, Jr. threw two wild pitches in the first inning, his first two of the season. He left the game going 4.1 innings pitched, giving up four runs (three earned) on six hits with two walks and eight strikeouts. 59 of his 96 pitches were strikes.

Cashner, the Rangers losing pitcher, left the game with a 5-4 deficit. He pitched 6.0 innings and gave up five runs on 11 hits with one walk. He struck out two batters as he battled back from the four-run third inning.

First baseman Mike Napoli left the game in the fourth inning with back spasms.