Houston takes both games over the Rangers

Astros homer their way to mini-sweep over Rangers

Astros' Chas McCormick and Carlos Correa
Chas McCormick had a big night with two homers against the Rangers. Photo by Carmen Mandato/Getty Images

Chas McCormick had a big night with two homers against the Rangers.

After winning dramatically in the opener of this short two-game series with the Rangers, the Astros tried to complete the sweep on Wednesday night. They didn't wait until the last minute in this one, blasting multiple home runs, including two by Chas McCormick, en route to the win.

Final Score: Astros 8, Rangers 4

Astros' Record: 39-28, second in the AL West

Winning Pitcher: Zack Greinke (7-2)

Losing Pitcher: Jordan Lyles (2-5)

Homers galore

Jose Altuve, who hit a walk-off grand slam the night prior, started off Houston's offensive night right where he left off with a solo homer in the bottom of the first to put Houston up 1-0. The ball kept flying out for the Astros in the next inning, with Chas McCormick hitting a two-run blast and Martin Maldonado a solo shot, making it a 4-0 game through two. Texas would get on the board against Zack Greinke in the top of the third on a solo home run, but Myles Straw got that run right back to push the lead back to four by depositing one into the Crawford Boxes, making it 5-1.

Greinke cruises until the sixth

Through the first five innings, that solo homer allowed by Greinke was his only major blemish. He kept going in the top of the sixth, but the Rangers loaded the bases against him on two singles and a walk with one out. He would get a big strikeout of Joey Gallo for the second out, but Dusty Baker would make the call to bring in Brooks Raley to try and get out of the jam. Raley would instead allow two more runs to Greinke's stats, giving up a two-RBI single before getting the last out. Greinke's final line: 5.2 IP, 4 H, 3 ER, 2 BB, 4 K, 1 HR, 89 P.

Astros get the mini-sweep

Houston wasted no time to grab the momentum back, thanks to McCormick's second homer of the night, a solo homer to start the bottom of the sixth to make it a three-run game. Eli White matched that with his second home run of the game for the Rangers, another solo homer to cut the lead back to two at 6-4 against Cristian Javier in the top of the seventh. Houston got their first run on a non-homer in the bottom of the seventh, putting two on base to set up an RBI double by Carlos Correa.

Javier continued on the mound in the top of the eighth, erasing a leadoff walk for a scoreless inning. Jose Altuve hit his third home run of this series and second of the game, with a two-out solo homer to make it 8-4, heading to the ninth. The Astros turned to Ryne Stanek with the four-run lead to finish things off, which he would do to wrap up the two-game sweep for Houston.

Up Next: With this quick two-game set complete with the Rangers, the Astros will welcome in a much fiercer opponent for four games as the 43-25 Chicago White Sox come to town. In the opener, Jose Urquidy (4-3, 3.77 ERA) for the Astros will go up against Dylan Cease (5-2, 3.38 ERA).

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Astros defeat the Orioles, 5-1. Composite Getty Image.

Ronel Blanco pitched seven strong innings and Chas McCormick homered twice to lead the Houston Astros to a 5-1 win over the Baltimore Orioles on Saturday.

Yordan Alvarez added a two-run shot to help Houston extend its winning streak to four games.

Blanco (8-2), who threw seven hitless innings in his last start, allowed four hits and a run with three strikeouts for his third straight win.

Alvarez put the Astros on top with his 16th homer, which came off Corbin Burnes (8-3) in the third, and McCormick made it 4-1 in the fifth. McCormick got his fifth career multihomer game when he connected again in the eighth.

Burnes allowed five hits, including a season-high two homers and a season-most four runs in seven innings to snap his career-best streak of 10 consecutive quality starts. He was 5-0 in seven starts since a loss at Washington on May 7.

Jordan Westburg homered in the second for the Orioles, who set a franchise record with 21 straight games with a home run to surpass the 1998 squad's 20-game streak.

Baltimore had troubled stringing hits together Saturday after scoring 28 runs combined in the last two games. The top four batters in their order combined to go 1 for 13 against Blanco and Houston's bullpen.

Ryan Pressly threw a scoreless eighth before Josh Hader struck out two in a perfect ninth to end it.

Westburg connected off Blanco with one out in the second to put the Orioles up 1-0.

Yainer Diaz opened Houston’s second with a triple on a line drive to right field. The Astros tied it when he scored on a sacrifice fly by Mauricio Dubón with one out.

McCormick singled with no outs in the third and the shot to center field by Alvarez came with two outs to put Houston on top 3-1.

McCormick’s home run to the seats in left field extended the lead to 4-1 with one out in the fifth.

Cedric Mullins tripled off the wall in center with one out in the seventh. Colton Cowser hit a sharp line drive, but was robbed of a hit when shortstop Jeremy Peña made a leaping catch for the second out. Blanco then retired Ramón Urías to end the inning and leave Mullins stranded.


Astros: RHP Jake Bloss, who made his major league debut Friday night, was placed on the injured list with right shoulder discomfort.


Astros: RHP Nick Hernandez was optioned to Triple-A Sugar Land on Friday night. ... LHP Bryan King was selected to the MLB roster and RHP Luis Contreras was recalled from Sugar Land on Saturday. … RHP Alex Speas was designated for assignment.


Houston LHP Framber Valdez (5-5, 3.91 ERA) opposes RHP Albert Suárez (3-1, 2.05) in the series finale Sunday.

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