Bad weekend in Arlington
Astros swept by Rangers who get another extra-inning walk-off
With disappointing losses in the first two games of this series, the Astros tried to salvage a game to end this road trip on a positive note on Sunday at Globe Life Field against the Rangers. Instead, they would experience a repeat of Friday's game, losing to Texas in extra innings.
Final Score (10 innings): Rangers 3, Astros 2
Astros' Record: 26-21, second in the AL West
Winning Pitcher: John King (5-3)
Losing Pitcher: Ryan Pressly (2-1)
Quiet beginning at the plate for both teams
Neither team was able to provide many offensive highlights in the early parts of Sunday's finale. Both starters held the opposing bats scoreless through four innings, with Cristian Javier only allowing one hit and three walks over that span. Javier started to struggle to find the zone in the bottom of the fifth, walking the bases loaded while getting two outs before Dusty Baker would move to Brooks Raley to try and get out of the jam. Raley would also fight to get into the zone against his first batter, walking in the first run of the game before getting a strikeout to end the inning.
Astros rally late as another game goes to extras
Raley remained on the mound in the bottom of the sixth, erasing two singles by retiring the next three batters to keep it a one-run game. Bryan Abreu did not fare as well, allowing a single and RBI double to double Texas' lead to 2-0 in the bottom of the seventh. Houston put together their best offensive inning in the top of the eighth, loading the bases on three hits, one by Jose Altuve to extend his hitting streak to seventeen games.
The Astros put their first run on the board on a wild pitch, cutting the lead in half at 2-1. Michael Brantley then tied the game on an RBI groundout, also moving the go-ahead run to third in the process. They wouldn't be able to bring him in, with the game staying 2-2 as Ryne Stanek came in as the new pitcher in the bottom of the eighth. Stanek erased a leadoff walk, but Houston would not manage to reach base in the top of the ninth. Ryan Pressly took over in the bottom of the inning, trying to force extra innings. He made quick work of the Rangers, retiring them 1-2-3 on just eight pitches.
Astros come up empty in extras, Rangers finish the sweep
Jose Altuve started the top of the tenth by moving the free runner to third with a single. However, the following three at-bats were not as notable, all three resulting in outs to leave the go-ahead run at third. Pressly returned for the bottom of the inning to try and force another, but instead, Adolis Garcia would get the RBI single to complete the three-game sweep of the Astros.
Up Next: With this six-game road trip in the books, the Astros will return to Houston before a day off on Monday. Tuesday, they'll kick off a short two-game set with the Los Angeles Dodgers, with a fascinating pitching matchup between Zack Greinke (4-1, 3.77 ERA) and Clayton Kershaw (6-3, 3.18 ERA). It will also be the first time since 2019 that Minute Maid Park will be open to full capacity.