After a shaky start in which he hit the first two batters he faced, Texas Rangers ace Cole Hamels gave up only one run over 6 2/3 innings in a 2-1 victory at Globe Life Park over the Houston Astros.
The Rangers have won 14 straight games with Hamels on the mound, the best such run since posting 14 straight wins with Bobby Witt in 1990. Hamels has a 10-game winning streak, the best of his career.
It wasn’t an easy game for Hamels, who hit a third batter, gave up five hits and three walks and struck out seven. He left the game in the seventh after allowing a home run to Houston rookie Tyler White. Sam Dyson relieved Hamels with one out and the tying run at third and stranded him there.
Jake Diekman pitched the eighth and kept a runner on second from scoring. Shawn Tolleson closed the game by pitching the ninth and earned his fifth save.
The Rangers took a 2-0 lead in the second when second baseman Roughned Odor hit a 398-foot home run to right with left fielder Ian Desmond on base.
Texas goes for the series sweep over Houston Thursday night. AL Cy Young winner Dallas Keuchel (2-1) pitches for Houston against A.J. Griffin (1-0) of Texas.