Astros start the homestand with a win

Altuve returns, Urquidy deals as Astros take opener against Rangers

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With a disappointing road trip behind them, the Astros set their sights on the final two-week stretch of games leading up to the end of the regular season. They started this week, and their last homestand, with the opener of a three-game set against the Rangers. Here is how the game unfolded:

Final Score: Astros 4, Rangers 1.

Record: 24-24, second in the AL West.

Winning pitcher: Jose Urquidy (1-1, 2.70 ERA).

Losing pitcher: Nick Goody (0-1, 7.45 ERA).

Springer homers while Urquidy carves up the Rangers

George Springer felt right at home in the bottom of the first, as he would demolish a ball 455 feet for a leadoff solo home run to put the Astros ahead 1-0. Houston had a chance to expand their lead exponentially in the bottom of the second by loading the bases with no outs but grounded into a double play then popped out as the Rangers would navigate through the jam without allowing any damage.

It looked like the one run may go a long way through the first four innings, as Jose Urquidy was carving up the Rangers' lineup through four perfect frames. The Rangers would get their first hit in the top of the fifth, then back that up with two more, one an RBI-single to tie the game 1-1. That would be the only blemish on Urquidy's night, as he would follow that one-run fifth with two more perfect innings. His final line: 7.0 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 7 K, 0 HR, 90 P.

Astros start the homestand with a win

Just like in the second, the Astros found themselves in a prime spot to do some damage against Texas in the bottom of the seventh, loading the bases again with no outs. After a force out at home for the first out, Alex Bregman would finally break through, dropping a two-RBI single into left field to give Houston a 3-1 lead.

Brooks Raley took over for Urquidy to start the top of the eighth and sat down the bottom of Texas' order for a 1-2-3 inning. Martin Maldonado provided an insurance run in the bottom of the inning, hitting a two-out solo homer into the Crawford Boxes to extend the lead to 4-1. Ryan Pressly would take over for the save opportunity in the top of the ninth and converted it as Houston moved back up to .500 on the year at 24-24 with the win to start the series.

Up Next: The middle game of this series will start at 7:10 PM Central on Wednesday. Lance McCullers Jr. (3-2, 5.79 ERA) will attempt another start for the Astors after a stint on the IL, while Kyle Gibson (1-5, 6.14 ERA) will be on the mound for the Rangers.

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