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Sports Odor has game-ending RBI double, Rangers beat Astros 6-5

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ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Rougned Odor had a game-ending RBI double and the Texas Rangers beat the Houston Astros 6-5 on Monday night.

Odor, who earlier in the game had a homer and a sacrifice fly, got the winner with an opposite-field drive that ricocheted off the left field wall and past outfielder Colby Rasmus. Adrian Beltre scored from first base after reaching on a fielder’s choice.

Texas is 7-0 against the Astros this season and has won 11 in row at home against the AL West rival.

Jose Altuve had three hits, including a three-run homer for the Astros, to stretch his hitting streak to 12 games.

Odor led off the third with his eighth homer for a 4-3 lead. His sac fly in the seventh tied the game at 5-all.

Nomar Mazara had a one-out single in the ninth, the rookie’s fourth hit of the game, off Ken Giles (0-3). Beltre then went to a knee on a grounder to shortstop Carlos Correa, who fielded the ball cleanly before it got caught briefly in his glove. While Mazara was out at second, the 37-year-old Beltre hustled to beat out the relay and avoid an inning-ending double play.

Sam Dyson (1-1), the fourth Texas pitcher, had a perfect ninth.

The Rangers, whose 35-22 record is the best in the American League, have won four in a row and eight of nine. The Astros entered the game having won eight of nine and 11 of 13.

Rasmus had an RBI single in the seventh that gave Houston its only lead — 5-4 when Correa scored from second. Correa walked and went to second on a wild pitch.

Altuve’s 10th homer tied the game at 3 right after starter Colby Lewis’ throwing error while trying to get the lead runner.

Lewis gave up four runs (three earned) in six innings before leaving with the game tied 4-all and keeping two winning streaks on hold. He has won all five decisions in his 12 starts this season and has won nine in a row against the Astros, the longest streak of his career against any team.


Rangers: RHP A.J. Griffin, on the DL since May 8 with right shoulder stiffness, threw a 25-pitch bullpen session. If he feels good the next couple of days, he could go out on a rehab assignment later this week.


Astros: LHP Dallas Keuchel (3-7, 5.50 ERA), the reigning AL Cy Young Award winner, has a 3.46 ERA his last two starts since allowing seven runs in six innings in a 9-2 loss to the Rangers and Cole Hamels on May 22. Keuchel is 0-2 in two starts against Texas this season.

Rangers: Hamels (5-1, 3.39) is six strikeouts shy of 2,000 in his career. The lefty has a 1.23 ERA (two earned runs in 14 2/3 innings) in winning both of his starts against the Astros this season.

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