Once again, the Rangers feel at home at the Trop

by Gary Shelton on August 31, 2017 · 0 comments

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Andrus has had seven hits in two games./CARMEN MANDATO

Andrus has had seven hits in two games./CARMEN MANDATO

Thursday, 2 a.m.

Evidently, the Texas Rangers are warming up to playing in Tropicana Field.

For the second consecutive night, the Rangers clobbered the Houston Astros, this time winning by a score of 8-1. The previous night, it was 12-2.

Altuva frustrated after two straight losses./CARMEN MANDATO

Altuva frustrated after two straight losses./CARMEN MANDATO

In two games at the Trop, the Rangers have scored 20 runs on 25 hits against the Astros, who lead the Rangers by 13 games in the AL West. But the Astros have lost six of their last 10 games.

The Texas teams relocated their series to St. Petersburg because of the heavy flooding from Hurricane Harvey. There had been some discussion to the Astros staying her to face the New York Mets, but the team announced it would return to Houston for that series.

This time, Texas did most of its damage with a six-run third inning. Andrew Cashner threw eight innings for the Rangers, allowing only three hits. Dallas Keuchel went six innings for the Astros, but he gave up the six runs.

Elvis Andrus had three hits Wednesday night and has seven in the two games the teams have played. Mike Napoli hit his 28th home run.

Right-hander Nick Martinez  starts the series finale for the Rangers. The Astros counter with right-hander Collin McHugh.

Andrew Cashner tamed the Astros./CARMEN MANDOTO

Andrew Cashner tamed the Astros./CARMEN MANDOTO

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