Jose Abreu matched his profession excessive of seven RBIs with a grand slam and a three-run homer and the Houston Astros slugged 5 homers whereas finishing a three-game sweep of the Texas Rangers with a 12-3 victory on Wednesday evening at Arlington, Texas.
Yordan Alvarez, Michael Brantley and Chas McCormick additionally slammed homers as Houston once more assaulted Texas pitching. The Astros slugged 16 homers and picked up 50 hits within the sequence whereas outscoring Texas 39-10.
Justin Verlander (11-7) gave up two runs, one earned, and 4 hits over seven innings whereas bettering to 5-2 in seven begins for the reason that Astros reacquired him from the New York Mets.
The veteran right-hander struck out six and walked one whereas serving to Houston (80-61) preserve a one-game lead over the Seattle Mariners within the American League West. The Rangers (76-63) fell three video games again.
Verlander outpitched former Detroit Tigers and New York Mets teammate Max Scherzer in a battle of three-time Cy Younger Award winners.
Scherzer (12-6) was rocked for seven runs and 6 hits in three innings whereas falling to 3-2 for the reason that Rangers acquired him from the Mets. He struck out 4 and walked two.
Marcus Semien went 4-for-4 two homers and three RBIs for Texas, which misplaced for the fifteenth time in 19 video games and fell a half-game behind the Toronto Blue for the third AL wild-card spot.
Rangers star proper fielder Adolis Garcia departed the competition within the high of the second inning because of proper knee discomfort.
Houston smashed 5 homers on Monday and 6 on Tuesday, then acquired the Wednesday energy present began within the first when Alvarez hit a two-run homer to heart, his twenty fifth of the season.
Within the backside of the inning, Semien hit Verlander’s first pitch over the wall in left.
Brantley’s homer, his second of the season, made it 3-1 within the second.
Houston loaded the bases on a single and two walks within the third earlier than Abreu ripped a 1-1 slider from Scherzer over the left-center-field wall, a 425-foot shot that elevated the result in 7-1. It was Abreu’s fifth profession grand slam.
Brantley’s sacrifice fly within the fifth pushed the Houston result in seven. Semien had an RBI single within the backside of the fifth and belted a solo homer to left within the eighth, his twenty second of the season.
Alex Bregman and Kyle Tucker singled to begin the ninth earlier than Abreu lined a shot off Brock Burke that hardly cleared the wall down the left subject line. It was his 14th homer of the season. McCormick adopted together with his twentieth homer, a blast to heart.
—Subject Degree Media