Lynn expected to start as Rangers host the Astros

Carrie Guzman
July 13, 2019

That much was confirmed at the end of the inning, as Chavez, facing the dugout, removed his glasses and held them toward home. The Rangers tacked on another run that frame on a throwing error by catcher Robinson Chirinos, then tied the game in the eighth when Ronald Guzman clanked a 419-foot, two-run blast off the right field foul pole against reliever Hector Rondon. In his career, he has gone 39-44 with a 4.15 ERA in 126 games (125 starts) out on the road and 17-14 with a 3.61 ERA in 39 starts during the month of July. Alvarez walked and Gurriel went deep, and that was that.

Wade Miley (7-4, 3.28) pitches for the Astros.

Friday night, the Rangers erased a four-run deficit in the late innings to walk-off with a win over the Astros (TEX 9, HOU 8). Their pen ranks 5th in ERA at 3.88.

Astros right-hander Gerrit Cole surrendered four earned runs - his most in nine starts - and three solo homers, yet departed with a 7-4 lead based on his otherwise dominant performance.

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After a first half of offensive explosiveness, I see no reason it won't continue right off the bat (pun intended), so I'm going with the "1st Inning Yes" wager (that there will be a score by either team in the opening inning).

The Rangers are 21-22 against AL West opponents.

It was chaos in the end - Danny Santana surrounded with hugs, his jersey ripped from his torso by a mid-infield mob as if he were on fire. Alvarez walked. Yuli Gurriel followed with a homer. Shawn Kelley (5-2) pitched a flawless ninth in the victory. Mike Minor will start game three and is 8-4 with a 2.54 ERA and 114 strikeouts this season. Righties are hitting.220 off of Minor this year, while lefties are hitting.211 off of him. He is second on the Rangers to All-Star left-hander Mike Minor in bWAR (3.9) and is 5-0 with a 2.85 ERA over his last seven starts with 53 strikeouts against just four walks over 47 1/3 innings. Odor is 11-for-32 with four doubles, a triple, three home runs and 13 RBIs over the last 10 games for Texas.

The Rangers have been solid on offense so far as they come in ranked 6th in the league in scoring, putting up 5.39 rpg, while also ranking 16th in hitting at.254 and 16th in homers with 125. Their pen ranks 21st in ERA at 4.78.

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