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44-84 - Rangers hand over Silver Boot to Astros with 5-4 loss

Glenn Otto’s sterling debut deserved a better ending

Houston Astros v Texas Rangers Photo by Ron Jenkins/Getty Images

The Texas Rangers scored four runs but the Houston Astros rallied to score five runs.

American League West teams play each other 19 times per season. To win the season series, a team needs to win ten games before their division rival does.

The Astros came into tonight’s game holding a 9-3 record against the Rangers in 2021. Texas was maintaining a 4-0 lead into the seventh inning as they tried to fend off Houston.

Nevertheless, the Astros scored five runs before the inning concluded to eventually take the game and now the season series. With ten wins, the Silver Boot makes its dejected trek back down I-45 to reside in Houston once again.

The Rangers are now a season-worse 40 games below .500.

Player of the Game: Glenn Otto twirled one of the best — albeit relatively brief — debut outings by a Rangers starter in franchise history as he held the Astros scoreless over five innings while allowing just two hits, zero walks, and collecting seven strikeouts.

That sounds a bit hyperbolic but the fact is, the Rangers don’t get introductory starting efforts like this very often.

Otto’s slider was as devilish as advertised and he was pumping in strikes all night. If Otto has more outings like that when pitch limits are lifted, the Rangers might have something here.

Up Next: With the Silver Boot no longer on the table, the Rangers will try to salvage some pride against the Astros with LHP Kolby Allard set to make the start for Texas against LHP Framber Valdez for Houston.

Saturday night’s first pitch from The Shed is scheduled for 6:05 pm CT.