This game was going real great for seven innings mostly because Yu Darvish and Jonathan Lucroy make magic together. Seriously. Forget what happened in the late innings of this game and go watch highlights of Yu throwing to Lu.
Saying "This game was going real great for seven innings" makes it sound like maybe the Rangers eventually didn't win. They did. So, deep breaths.
Texas was up 3-0 heading into the bottom of the 8th when the Astros came back with two in the 8th off Jeremy Jeffress and then scored the tying run in the 9th off Sam Dyson to kill a win for Darvish.
While the Astros were coming back, the Rangers were busy leaving runners at third base over seemingly 100 consecutive at-bats. Fortunately, Texas finally plated the go-ahead runs in the 11th inning to pick up the 5-3 win. Unfortunately, Darvish didn't get a much-deserved W.
Nevertheless, Texas now has a 7 1/2 game lead in the American League West -- their largest lead since July 5 -- and continue their dominance in the standings over Houston with an 11-2 mark on the year. As frustrating as it is that this game went to extras, 7 1/2 in the West instead of a deflating loss and 5 1/2 in the West is enough to put a smile on my face.
Here's your Handball gif of the day:
Player of the Game: Darvish threw seven shutout innings on just five hits with zero walks and eight strikeouts. He was really good. The Rangers still had their usual issues scoring runs with Darvish on the hill today and that ultimately cost Yu a win. At least the Rangers finally won a game started by Darvish for the first time in over two months, the big jerks.