Urquidy solid, Astros belt three HRs in 7-2 win over Rangers
ARLINGTON (AP) — Jake Meyers, Marwin Gonzalez and Kyle Tucker each hit consecutive homers in a two-run second inning. Jose Urquidy gave up one run and two hits in six innings to earn his first win since June 23. The Houston Astros defeated the Texas Rangers 7-2 on Wednesday night.
Urquidy (7-3), struck out six and walked one to beat Texas for the third consecutive time in his career. This win helped the AL West-leading Astros win their third straight game. After missing two months due to a shoulder injury, it was Urquidy’s longest September start.
Astros Manager Dusty Baker was impressed with Urquidy’s command and his ability to maintain his velocity.
” His velocity dropped to the third or fourth inning,” Baker stated. He had a great changeup and his slider was excellent. Just an overall good performance.”
Urquidy, from Mexico, said he was proud to win on Sept. 15, because it’s both Mexico’s independence holiday and the major leagues’ Roberto Clemente Day.
Meyers’ solo shot, his fifth of the season, broke an 0-for-12 skid. Gonzalez’s fourth homer of the season was his second and third since joining the club on Sunday.
Tucker hit a leadoff homer in the eighth, his 26th, after singling in the second and doubling in the fourth. He also scored three runs.
Chas McCormick hit a two-run single and Yordan Alvarez had an RBI double.
Brock Holt scored Texas’ third run on a groundout. This was his first triple since Aug. 2019. Willie Calhoun, who was DH’ing in his first game after sustaining a fractured forearm June 26,, went 2 for 4. He accounted for half the Rangers’ hits.
Kohei Aihara (2-4), didn’t retire any batter in the fifth, and was removed after three batters. Arihara made his third appearance since May’s shoulder surgery. He allowed six runs on eight hits, and struck out two batters.
Urquidy retired 11 straight after Holt’s triple, until a two-out single in the sixth by Calhoun.
Meyers’ opposite-field homer took 401 yards to right field. Gonzalez, a switch-hitter pulled his blast 404 feet just inside the right field foul pole.
Gonzalez has two homers in four Astros games after hitting two with the Boston Red Sox in 77 before being released on Aug. 16.
Holt was tripled to deep right after Tucker couldn’t catch a backhand on the warning track and ran towards the wall, hitting face-first. Holt was activated from the COVID-19 list on Tuesday and played his first game since Aug. 21.
McCormick scored in the fourth inning on a 2-2 pitch after Arihara had taken off the pitching rubber twice. This prompted boos from the crowd.
“When things don’t go well (for Arihara), then everything slows down.” Texas manager Chris Woodward stated. “It’s something he’s got to work on.”
MAKING A DIFFERENCE
Rangers C Jose Trevino, the team’s nominee for the Roberto Clemente Award, described the relationship he’d built with Daniel Flagg, a 17-year-old catcher for Pilot Point High School in northern Texas who died in a drowning accident on July 29.
” I taught him catching lessons. Trevino stated that Trevino had a great connection with Trevino before the game. It hit me when I heard the sad news about him. We don’t realize how much of an impact as a professional we have on people.”
Tucker is hitting . 420 in his last 19 games. … Astros regular Astros SS Carlos Correa, and 3B Alex Bregman were given the evening off and will return to series finale. … Arihara has allowed 20 earned runs in 17 2/3 innings in five home starts this season, a 10. 17 ERA. ERA. 1B Taylor Jones and RHP Andre Scrubb were activated off the 10-day injured list and optioned to Triple-A Sugar Land.
Astros: OF Michael Brantley (right knee soreness) was placed on the 10-day injured list retroactive to Monday. Manager Dusty Baker stated that RHP Jake Odorizzi (right-foot soreness) was improving but has no timeline for his return.
Rangers Calhoun was activated Wednesday, after missing 67 matches. To make room on the 25-man roster, OF Jason Martin was optioned to Triple-A Round Rock. LHP Hyeonjong Yang was assigned to the 40-man roster in order to make space.
Thursday’s series finale will match Astros LHP Framber Valdez (10-5, 3. 26 ERA) against Rangers RHP Glenn Otto (0-1, 6.92). Valdez has beaten Texas twice this season, allowing two runs in 13 innings. Otto, who was acquired July 29 in the Joey Gallo deal, allowed eight runs in three innings at Oakland on Friday. Otto will be followed by LHP Kolby Allard, making his first relief appearance following 17 straight starts since late May.
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