The Rangers committed the sin of letting Justin Verlander settle into the game tonight as they led off the contest with a couple of baserunners but didn’t plate either. Historically, with a pitcher like Verlander, you have to get to them early and Texas had their shot.
Houston, meanwhile, got to Jon Gray for a run in the bottom of the 1st and and another in the 5th as Verlander — no Martin Perez, mind you — gave the Astros six shutout innings and let the Houston bullpen sweat out the victory after Texas mounted an 8th inning rally that produced their lone run.
Player of the Game: I suppose you have to give props to Gray for allowing just two runs in six innings against Houston even if he didn’t appear to be especially sharp otherwise.
Up Next: The Rangers will close out this series looking for a split against the Astros with LHP Taylor Hearn next up for Texas against RHP Jose Urquidy for Houston.
Sunday afternoon’s first pitch from Minute Maid Park is scheduled for 1:10 PM CDT.