Texas had its chances.
Despite a Ranger reaching base in every inning after the second, Texas failed to collect a hit with a runner in scoring position in all seven of their attempts and left nine runners stranded.
Jose Altuve and Adrian Beltre traded solo opposite field home runs to make it a 1-1 game through six innings but the Astros broke through in the top of the seventh when Carlos Beltran blooped home Yuli Gurriel after Gurriel led off the inning with a double that Carlos Gomez maybe should have caught at the wall in center field.
Texas missed on a runners on third with less than two outs situation in the fourth, a bases loaded opportunity in the fifth, and failed to score the tying run from third in the bottom of the seventh.
In the eighth, despite drawing two walks with no outs, the Rangers still failed to score in part because they elected to sacrifice bunt. Never bunt.
Despite the loss, Texas took the series and are still just within shouting distance of a Wild Card spot which seemed a hilarious notion even a week ago. And yet, if they’re going to win that Wild Card spot, these are the kinds of games they can’t let slip away from them.
Player of the Game: Andrew Cashner tied his season high with seven innings and allowed just two runs on six hits while walking one and striking out four. Considering the offense he was facing, the case could be made that today was the best outing in Cashner’s Rangers career so far.
Up Next: The Rangers welcome the Tigers to Arlington for a three game series. Unfortunately for Texas, Detroit’s All-Star starter Michael Fulmer will make the start in the opener after missing the last two weeks. Martin Perez will go for Texas. First pitch is scheduled for 7:05 pm CT.