The Texas Rangers completed a three-game sweep of the Houston Astros with a 7-4 win Thursday night, continuing their dominance at home of their in-state rival. The Astros have lost 10 straight games to the Rangers at Globe Life Park. Texas leads the AL West at 10-6.
Texas starter A.J. Griffin outpitched 2016 AL Cy Young winner Dallas Keuchel.
New Ranger outfielder Ian Desmond hit a three-run home run in the first inning after third baseman Adrian Beltre and designated hitter Prince Fielder both singled with two outs. Beltre got a homer in the seventh and finished with three hits.
Griffin got the win, allowing two runs over six innings. He called it “awesome” to feel healthy again after missing an entire season following Tommy John surgery. Keuchel fell to 2-2 after a season-worst performance giving up six runs on 13 hits in six innings.
Colby Rasmus hit two home runs for Houston and drove in three.
Desmond went four for 11 in the series, digging out from a season-opening slump that had his batting average at .109. He’s currently at .158. He said, “April’s never been my month. I’m believing in my swing. That’s the stuff that I’m looking for. I’m not necessarily worried about hits.”
Texas shortstop Elvis Andrus has a hit in eight straight games.
The Rangers go on the road to play the Chicago White Sox on Friday night. Martin Perez (0-1) takes the mound for Texas against Jose Quintana (1-1) for Chicago.