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Final 1 2 3   4 5 6   7 8 9   R H E
Houston0 0 0 7 0 2 0 3 0 12150
Texas0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 160
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  W: L. Garcia (11-7)   L: G. Otto (0-2)
5:05 PM PT6:05 PM MT7:05 PM CT8:05 PM ET20:05 ET0:05 GMT8:05 5:05 PM MST7:05 PM EST7:35 PM VEN4:05 UAE (+1)6:05 PM CT, September 16, 2021
Globe Life Field, Arlington, Texas  Attendance: 19,121

After solid effort from starter, Astros face Rangers again

According to STATS
According to STATS

Houston Astros at Texas Rangers

  1. The Astros have won 11 of their 15 games against the Rangers this season. The most wins Houston has posted over Texas in a single season is 13 in 2019. The Rangers won the most recent meeting, 13-2, at home, their largest win over the ‘Stros since September 2015 (14-3).
  2. The Astros won two games of their three-game home set with the Angels over the weekend. Houston's lead in the AL West is back up to 6.5 games, tied for its largest division lead this season. The Astros have led their division by 6 or more games with 20 games remaining four previous times and won the division each time.
  3. The Rangers have won six of their last seven games after taking two of three games from the A's on the road. This is Texas' most wins in a seven-game span this season. Texas has done it without the long ball, hitting just five home runs over the past seven games.
  4. Yuli Gurriel had a four-hit day on Sunday, all singles. Since August 30, Gurriel has a .357 batting average (15/42) but just one extra-base hit, a homer at San Diego on September 5.
  5. Yohel Pozo has five hits in his last two games and is batting .458 (11/24) in the month of September. That is the highest batting average in MLB by any player with 25 plate appearances this month.
  6. Jake Odorizzi has a 2.61 ERA (6/20.2) over his last four starts which includes his most recent start versus Texas (two earned runs in 5.0 innings). Spencer Howard has made six starts since the All-Star break and has allowed zero runs in three of those six starts.
Notes Applicable For Series Dates: 9/13/2021 thru 9/16/2021

The Houston Astros have a comfortable seven-game lead in the American League West entering their road game Thursday night against the Texas Rangers, and Astros manager Dusty Baker should be buoyed by the performance of right-hander Jose Urquidy with the playoffs approaching.

With Urquidy producing his longest start since June 23 on Wednesday, the Astros cruised to a 7-2 victory that took some pressure off their overworked bullpen.

Urquidy allowed one run on two hits and one walk with six strikeouts over six innings and resembled the pitcher who routinely provided the Astros depth before he spent two months on the injured list with shoulder soreness.

Aside from right-hander Lance McCullers Jr., Astros starters have struggled to consistently work deep into games. That fact combined with the attempted strategy to manage innings largely out of necessity has put Baker in a precarious position in recent days.

Enter Urquidy.

"His command, and he maintained his velocity throughout the whole game," Baker said when asked what impressed him most about Urquidy's performance Wednesday. "It showed that his arm strength is coming back. He had a very good changeup, and his slider was good. Overall a very good performance, but I was most impressed that he was able to maintain his velocity.

"I was impressed with the fact he went six innings. This is what we needed to get our bullpen straight."

Left-hander Framber Valdez (10-5, 3.26 ERA) was scratched from his start in the series finale for the Astros (85-60) on Thursday. Valdez suffered a cut on the index finger of his pitching hand during batting practice earlier Thursday. Astros rookie hurler Luis Garcia (10-7, 3.43 ERA) gets the call to replace Valdez.

Rookie right-hander Glenn Otto (0-1, 6.92) will be the scheduled starter for Texas (54-91) in the season series finale on Thursday. Otto suffered his loss in his previous start after allowing eight runs on eight hits and one walk with five strikeouts over 3 1/3 innings in the Rangers' 10-5 setback at Oakland last Friday.

He had allowed two runs on six hits and one walk with 11 strikeouts over his first two career starts, including five shutout innings against the Astros in his debut on Aug. 27. A Houston native, Otto allowed two hits with no walks and seven strikeouts against his hometown team.

One bright spot for the Rangers on Wednesday was the return of Willie Calhoun, who was activated from the 60-day injured list and finished 2-for-4 with a double and a run scored. Calhoun had not appeared in a game for the Rangers since June 26, when he suffered a left-forearm fracture when he was hit by a pitch.

"That was the silver lining of the day," Rangers manager Chris Woodward said. "I know we got beat, but it's nice to see Willie get a couple hits there, especially the way that last ball came off his bat to left-center. It's a good thing moving forward."

--Field Level Media

Updated September 16, 2021


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