Final 1 2 3   4 5 6   7 8 9   R H E
Texas0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 1 380
Houston0 3 0 0 2 0 2 0 x 7100
  W: F. Valdez (11-4)   L: C. Ragans (0-1)
11:10 AM PT12:10 PM MT1:10 PM CT2:10 PM ET14:10 ET18:10 GMT2:10 11:10 AM MST1:10 PM EST1:40 PM VEN22:10 UAE12:10 PM CT, August 11, 2022
Minute Maid Park, Houston, Texas  Attendance: 30,872

Rangers out to stick to plan in series finale vs. Astros

According to STATS
According to STATS

Texas Rangers at Houston Astros

  1. Since the beginning of 2019, Houston is 25-3 at home against the Rangers. That is the best home record for any team against a divisional opponent over the last four seasons and Houston's most wins ever against a single opponent in a 28-game span of home games.
  2. After getting the loss in each of his first two starts this season, Martin Perez is 9-0 over his last 19 starts. Perez is the first Rangers pitcher ever to not receive a single loss over a 19-start span in a single season.
  3. Nathaniel Lowe had three hits in Texas' 8-2 loss to the White Sox on Sunday. The Rangers have lost three straight games in which Lowe has three or more hits and are just 3-4 in such games this season.
  4. The Astros lost 1-0 to Cleveland on Sunday, their first 1-0 loss of the season. Houston is now 21-1 when allowing one or fewer runs in 2022, with only the Dodgers having more such games this season (27).
  5. Justin Verlander has won each of his last seven starts and is now 15-3 on the season, which gives him the most wins in MLB. Verlander is the first Astros pitcher to win seven straight starts in a single season since Andy Pettitte did so in 2005.
  6. Yordan Alvarez has 30 home runs this season to go with his .300 batting average. The last Houston player to hit .300 and have 30 home runs for a season was Carlos Lee in 2007.
Notes Applicable For Series Dates: 8/9/2022 thru 8/11/2022

If the Texas Rangers were going to have any measure of success against Houston Astros right-hander Justin Verlander on Wednesday, they were going to have to display a competitive spirit from the outset.

Texas did precisely that, squaring the current three-game road series with an 8-4 victory in 10 innings that started with a feisty first inning in which the Rangers fouled off nine pitches against Verlander.

The Rangers failed to score in the opening frame, but Verlander exhausted 22 pitches while stranding a pair of baserunners and went on to allow three runs over six innings, ending his streak of seven consecutive starts of one earned run or fewer.

The tone was set in the first, with Verlander describing it as "a bit of a grind." After showing early fight, the Rangers scratched across runs in the fourth and sixth with timely fly balls.

"I've got to tip my cap to those guys," Verlander said. "With runners on third base and less than two outs they put together some good at-bats on me and got a couple sacrifice flies."

Left-hander Framber Valdez (10-4, 2.87 ERA) will start the series finale for the Astros on Thursday. He extended his streak of consecutive quality starts to 18 by limiting the Cleveland Guardians to three runs on seven hits and three walks with three strikeouts over 6 1/3 innings in a 9-3 road victory on Aug. 5.

Valdez is 9-3 with a 2.68 ERA and a .591 opponent's OPS during that span. He worked fewer than six innings twice in his first three starts of the season but hasn't done so since, and has surrendered more than three earned runs only once in his 21 starts.

Valdez is 4-2 with a 2.78 ERA in 10 career appearances (seven starts) against the Rangers. He is 1-0 with a 0.69 ERA in two starts against Texas this season, holding the Rangers to one run on six hits and two walks with seven strikeouts over seven innings in a 5-1 victory on May 19.

Rangers rookie left-hander Cole Ragans (0-0, 0.00 ERA) will make his second career start on Thursday. He limited the Chicago White Sox to one unearned run on three hits and four walks with three strikeouts over five innings in his major league debut on Aug. 4.

Texas selected Ragans in the first round (30th overall) in the 2016 draft. He went a combined 8-5 with a 3.04 ERA over 18 starts with Double-A Frisco and Triple-A Round Rock prior to his promotion.

Rangers center fielder Leody Taveras led the offense Wednesday, finishing 2-for-4 with a career-high five RBIs in the victory. Taveras entered 1-for-16 in his last four games and rolled a harmless ground ball to first base on the first pitch of his first plate appearance in the first inning.

But as a showcase of his development and perseverance, Taveras settled himself and delivered a run-scoring triple in the fourth inning that got the Rangers on the board before adding a sacrifice fly in the sixth and a bases-clearing double in the 10th that broke the game wide open.

"He has come a long way in a short amount of time," Rangers manager Chris Woodward said. "And he's proven to us that I can't take him out of the lineup."

--Field Level Media

Updated August 11, 2022