Houston Astros vs. Texas Rangers Prediction, Preview, and Odds

Bregman suffers chin laceration after taking ground ball off face

Bregman suffers chin laceration after taking ground ball off face

Shawn Kelley (5-2), the fifth Texas pitcher, had a flawless ninth. Alvarez walked and Gurriel went deep, and that was that. The Rangers tacked on another run that frame on a throwing error by catcher Robinson Chirinos, then tied the game in the eighth when Ronald Guzman clanked a 419-foot, two-run blast off the right field foul pole against reliever Hector Rondon. It was part of a three-hit, two-RBI night for the Texas centerfielder, which also included his 10th homer of the year. Santana, who homered earlier in the game, ended it with a liner that was just out of the reach of a diving attempt by center fielder George Springer. He hit a tiebreaking shot in the sixth and another solo shot the following inning to make it 8-4.

Cole struck out 13 in six innings, his 10th game this season with at least 10 strikeouts.

In the end, the Rangers won the game, so Drake's non-strike calls didn't cost Texas too much. After Shin-Soo Choo hit his fourth leadoff home run of the season, the top of the second saw a fireworks display that gave a sneak peek at Globe Life Park's postgame plans. Joey Gallo leads the team with a.640 slugging percentage, including 36 extra-base hits and 20 home runs. A groundball took a nasty hop and hit him on the face when he was playing shortstop in the series opener.

Astros Injuries: Joe Smith: 60-day IL (achilles), Brad Peacock: 10-day IL (shoulder), Lance McCullers Jr.: 60-day IL (elbow), Aledmys Diaz: 10-day IL (hamstring), Carlos Correa: 10-day IL (rib). The 35-year-old pitcher had surgery last December to fix a ruptured Achilles tendon in his left leg. The injury kept Pence from playing in the All-Star Game after being selected by fans as the AL's starting designated hitter.

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Pitching Matchup: The Astros will trot out Wade Miley (7-4, 3.28 ERA) and he will be opposed by Mike Minor (8-4, 2.54 ERA).

The Rangers will counter with Mike Minor in this one and he has gone 8-4 with a 2.54 ERA in 18 starts on the year, including 2-0 with a 2.11 ERA in his last three starts and 4-2 with a 2.34 ERA in nine starts here at home.

Houston is 10-4 in Miley's last 14 starts and 3-8 in their last 11 road games while the under is 4-1 in their last 5 road games against a left-handed starter.

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