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86-59 - Odor, Gomez, and Beltran use boos to fuel 4-3 win over Houston

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The Rangers' magic number is now 9 (because the Astros are now in 3rd place)

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The Rangers are now 14-3 against the Astros this season. They won tonight by the score of 4-3. Yes, that's another one-run win. The Rangers are now 32-10 in one-run contests and are 7-1 against Houston in games separated by one run this season.

If one-run victories are truly a coin flip, I'd suggest to Astros invest in a new coin.

Rougned Odor drove in three of the Rangers' four runs, including the solo dong in the 12th inning that proved the difference. Carlos Beltran drove in the other run. Carlos Gomez scored the first run of the game after leading off the contest with a walk. Just as the Astros looked like they would snatch victory from the jaws of defeat, Rougie vanquished all hope.

I can't really imagine a more frustrating game from a narrative standpoint than tonight's game if you are an Astros fan.

You're on Lone Star Ball though, so you're not an Astros fan, so tonight's game was just an effort in waiting for it to be over because you knew how it would end.

The magic number is now 9 because the Astros are now in 3rd place in the American League West with Seattle currently a half game ahead of Houston and playing a late game in Anaheim.

Player of the Game: Gotta like what Martin Perez did tonight as he went 6 1/3 innings on 91 pitches and allowed just two runs (one of which was an inherited run scored off Matt Bush) on three hits while striking out six Astros hitters. More impressively, Perez shoved on the road where he's been terrible all year.

'Teen didn't get the win because Sam Dyson blew a save in the 9th, but wins are unimportant for individual pitchers and Martin Perez had one of his best starts of the year.

Up Next: The Rangers and Astros play tomorrow night as Texas looks to continue burying Houston with A.J. Griffin set to start against RHP Brad Peacock in just his second start of 2016. First pitch from Minute Maid is scheduled for 7:10 pm CT.