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Verlander Dominates Rangers

Astros offense slugs three home runs

May 10, 2019 - 9:40 pm

HOUSTON (SPORTSRADIO 610) – Justin Verlander improved to 6-1 on the year as he tossed seven shutout innings, allowed just one hit and struck out eight Rangers as the Astros beat Texas, 3-0.

With the eight strikeouts, Verlander reached 2,764 in his career and passed Frank Tanana for the 22nd most in MLB history. Next on the list is Cy Young with 2,798.

Lance Lynn, who entered the game with a 5.75 era, pitched well but not enough to outduel Verlander.  Lynn lasted seven innings, while allowing three runs and also struck out eight.  

Jose Altuve left the game in the first inning after beating out an infield single.  The club announced that Altuve left the game with left hamstring discomfort, and is day to day.

Jake Marisnick gave the Astros the first lead of the game in the bottom of the third when he sat on a 2-0 fastball from Lynn and drilled it over the wall in right center to give the Astros a 1-0 lead.

Back-to-back home runs in the seventh inning gave Verlander and the Astros some insurance.  With two outs, and again behind in the count 2-0, Lynn grooved a fastball that Yuli Gurriel clobbered to left center.  The very next hitter was Robinson Chirinos and he drilled a 2-2 pitch the other way for an opposite field shot.

Ryan Pressley would retire the side in order in the eighth inning, extending his franchise record scoreless inning streak to 35 innings.  In the ninth, Roberto Osuna would come on and pick up his 10th save in 10 tries in 2019.  The save was also Osuna’s 25th straight converted save.  The Astros are now 19-0 when leading after six innings, 20-0 when leading after seven and 22-0 when leading after eight.

With the win, the Astros are 23-15 on the year and now 4-4 in the 2019 Lone Star Series.  Game three of the four-game set is at 7:10 pm. Saturday as Gerrit Cole (3-4, 4.17) will be on the mound for the Astros, the Rangers have not announced a starter.