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Springer, Miley Lead Astros Over Rangers

Astros open weekend series vs Texas with a 4-2 win

May 09, 2019 - 10:09 pm

HOUSTON (SportsRadio 610)- George Springer finished with three hits while Wade Miley struck out seven in six innings as the Astros opened their weekend series against the Texas Rangers with a 4-2 win Thursday night at Minute Maid Park.

Springer singled to leadoff the first, but got the scoring started in the third when he sent a 1-0 Mike Minor slider into the Crawford Boxes for his 13th home run of the season.

Miley faced the minimum through the game's first three innings, but he walked Shin-Soo Choo to start the fourth and with two out, Hunter Pence smacked a 2-1 fastball down the rightfield line. It just cleared Springer's glove and the wall for Pence's sixth homer of 2019, and it put the Rangers on top 2-1. 

Houston would tie the game in the fifth thanks to a rally that Springer was right in the middle of. He followed Jake Marisnick's one-out single with his third hit of the night, and after Jose Altuve walked, Alex Bregman evened the score with a sacrifice fly. After Miley tossed a 1-2-3 sixth inning, the Astros regained the advantage in their half of the frame.

Yuli Gurriel and Tyler White started the inning with singles, ending Minor's night. Ariel Jurado replaced him and got Robinson Chirinos to ground into a doubleplay, but Josh Reddick singled home Gurriel to put the Astros back on top.

Miley's night ended after the sixth. He surrendered just the two runs on two hits as he improved to 3-2 on the season. Will Harris worked around a one-out walk in the seventh while Ryan Pressly worked a perfect eighth. After the Astros added to their lead when Michael Brantley walked with the bases loaded, Roberto Osuna ran into trouble in the ninth by walking Choo and allowing a single to Elvis Andrus, but after he struck out Nomar Mazara for the inning's first out, Reddick robbed Pence of his second home run of the night for out number two, and Osuna closed out his ninth save by striking out Joey Gallo.

Springer finished 3-for-5, while Gurriel added a pair of hits as the Astros improve to 23-15.

Along with the homer, Pence also walked. Asdrubal Cabrera had the Rangers' only other hit as they drop to 17-18.

The Astros and Rangers will play game two of their four game series Friday night at Minute Maid Park. Justin Verlander will take the mound against Lance Lynn.