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31-32 - Rangers beat Astros 6-1 to restore natural order of things

The Rangers are now 4-0 on a road trip against arguably the two best teams in baseball so that's pretty good

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This road trip against potential World Series favorites Washington and Houston was supposed to bury the Rangers and send us all looking at the top prospects lists to see who we could expect to acquire for anything the Rangers could sell this summer.

Instead, the Rangers are now 4-0 against the Nationals and Astros so far and have guaranteed at least a winning trip with a chance for more.

Texas is now a game back of .500 and are starting to get healthy again. So, I don't know, maybe they're good again?

Player of the Game: Yu Darvish didn't allow a home run and the Rangers won. Sometimes it's as easy as that. Darvish allowed just one hit in his seven innings of work. He would have been working on a no-hitter at Minute Maid once again except Alex Bregman blooped in an RBI single to left field that Nomar Mazara got a bad read on.

The Big Chill made up for it in the top of the eighth however as he hit a two-out, three-run bomb to straightaway center field to turn a possibly tense 3-1 game into a 6-1 game the Rangers had well in hand.

Also of note: Adrian Beltre had two more hits to run his career total to 2,955 and tie Wee Willie Keeler for 34th all-time in baseball history.

Up Next: The Rangers and Astros reconvene for the second game of this series with Dillon Gee or Nick Martinez or somebody making the start for Texas (it's still listed as TBD) against RHP Brad Peacock of Houston. First pitch from Minute Maid is scheduled for 7:10 pm CT.