The Astros completed a three game sweep of the Rangers yesterday, their 10th straight victory and 12th win in their last 13 games.
The series wasn't all that competitive--the Saturday game was close, but Friday and Sunday were pretty much beat downs. Here are the highlights:
Dallas Keuchel was dominant Friday night, tossing six shutout innings en route to his ninth win of the season.
Keuchel is the first Astro pitcher to start the season 9-0 since Roger Clemens did it in 2004.
Carlos Correa and George Springer both delivered three-run bombs, Correa's in the fifth and Springer's in the eighth:
That was more than enough for the 'Stros, who won the game 7-1.
What appeared to be another dominant start from Lance McCullers came unraveled in the fifth, as two walks, a single and a double led to his replacement after just 4.1 innings.
Chris Devenski was brilliant in relief, recording two straight strikeouts with runners on first and second to preserve the Astro's lead.
Carlos Beltran had a big night, recording three hits with 3 RBIs. He launched a seventh inning homer to the upper deck in right, his seventh long ball of the season.
Jose Altuve delivered the other Astros homer, a ninth inning shot to the left field bleachers.
The insurance proved to be crucial, as the Rangers added a run in the ninth to make it 6-5. But Ken Giles put out the fire, striking out Rougned Odor to close the game.
The Astros wasted no time scoring as George Springer led off the game with a homer, his fifth leadoff homer of the season.
Springer added another home run in the fourth, his third of the series.
Brad Peacock was solid in his third start of the season, tossing six innings of two run baseball while striking out eight.
All in all it was a great series. The Astros have struggled in Arlington, and it was great seeing them dominate the way they did.
The weekend can summed up with this photo of H-Town Wiggy, laughing hysterically as his team expands their divisional lead to 13.5 games.
The journey continues tonight as the Astros open a four game series in Kansas City. First pitch 7:15 CT, Kauffman Stadium.