The Texas Rangers continued the free fall to the end of the season Wednesday with 12-2 loss the day after they were ousted from playoff contention. Manager Jeff Banister said that takes a toll (video by Jeff Wilson). Jeff Wilson jwilson@star-telegram.com
The Texas Rangers continued the free fall to the end of the season Wednesday with 12-2 loss the day after they were ousted from playoff contention. Manager Jeff Banister said that takes a toll (video by Jeff Wilson). Jeff Wilson jwilson@star-telegram.com

Texas Rangers

Rangers’ sixth straight loss is another beatdown by Astros

September 27, 2017 4:28 PM

ARLINGTON

The first career home run for prospect Willie Calhoun quickly became an afterthought Wednesday afternoon after the Houston Astros scored seven runs in the sixth inning in another lopsided win over the Texas Rangers, this time 12-2.

The Rangers have been swept in consecutive three-game series and are assured of finishing the season with a sub-.500 record. The Rangers were outscored 37-7 by the American League West champs.

Calhoun took Justin Verlander out to right field in the second inning for his first big-league long ball. That cut the Astros’ lead to 2-1 early on, and Drew Robinson’s solo shot off Verlander in the fifth made it 4-2.

But the Astros piled on in the fifth against Nick Martinez and Tony Barnette, who surrendered a grand slam to George Springer and a two-run shot to Carlos Correa. 

How Rangers pitchers fared: Nick Martinez wasn’t hit hard, save for Carlos Correa’s first homer of the game, but he was hit often. ... He allowed six runs in five-plus innings, though two scored in the sixth after Tony Barnette allowed two inherited runners to score. ... Barnette recorded one out in the sixth while allowing five runs. ... Austin Bibens-Dirkx allowed one run over  1 2/3 innings, and Keone Kela had the best inning by a Rangers pitcher with a 1-2-3 eighth. ... Jake Diekman followed suit in the ninth.

How Rangers hitters fared: Willie Calhoun won’t soon forget his days, as he connected for the first homer of his career and the first multi-hit game of his career. ... He, Elvis Andrus and Delino DeShields had two hits apiece. Andrus is batting .300 with four games remaining. ... Drew Robinson connected in the fifth for his sixth homer of the season. His and Calhoun’s distance blows came against Justin Verlander.

First homer one of "bigger moments" for Calhoun

Texas Rangers prospect Willie Calhoun took Justin Verlander deep Wednesday for his first career home run (video by Jeff Wilson).

Jeff Wilson jwilson@star-telegram.com

Houston

200

117

100

12

16

0

Texas

010

010

000

2

8

1

Houston AB

R

H

BI

BB

SO

Avg.

Springer rf

4

2

2

4

0

0

.287

Fisher ph-rf

1

0

0

0

0

0

.207

Bregman 3b-2b

5

0

2

1

0

0

.285

Altuve 2b

4

2

1

0

0

0

.347

Davis ph-3b

1

0

0

0

0

1

.228

Correa ss

5

2

4

4

0

1

.308

Gonzalez lf

4

0

1

1

0

0

.301

Moran ph-1b

1

0

0

0

0

0

.333

McCann c

3

2

1

0

1

1

.240

Stassi c

1

0

0

0

0

0

.182

Beltran dh

5

1

1

0

0

2

.230

Gurriel 1b

2

1

1

0

1

0

.297

White ph-1b-lf

2

0

0

0

0

0

.304

Kemp cf

5

2

3

2

0

0

.226

Totals 43

12

16

12

2

5

 

Texas AB

R

H

BI

BB

SO

Avg.

DeShields cf

4

0

2

0

0

1

.274

Choo dh

4

0

0

0

0

3

.260

Andrus ss

4

0

2

0

0

0

.299

Gosselin 2b

0

0

0

0

0

0

.128

Mazara rf

4

0

0

0

0

2

.251

Gallo 1b

4

0

0

0

0

2

.207

Odor 2b

3

0

0

0

0

2

.203

Middlebrooks 3b

1

0

1

0

0

0

.229

Calhoun lf

3

1

2

1

0

0

.158

Nicholas c

3

0

0

0

0

1

.280

Robinson 3b-2b-ss

3

1

1

1

0

1

.213

Totals 33

2

8

2

0

12

 

E—Odor (18). LOB—Houston 6, Texas 4. 2B—Bregman (38), Correa (24), Gurriel (41), Middlebrooks (2). HR—Correa (22), off Martinez; Springer (34), off Barnette; Correa (23), off Barnette; Calhoun (1), off Verlander; Robinson (6), off Verlander. RBIs—Springer 4 (85), Bregman (66), Correa 4 (81), Gonzalez (87), Kemp 2 (3), Calhoun (2), Robinson (12). Runners left in scoring position—Houston 3 (Gonzalez, Beltran, Davis); Texas 1 (Gallo). RISP—Houston 5 for 11; Texas 0 for 2. GIDP—Springer, Choo. DP—Houston 1 (Bregman, Correa, Moran); Texas 1 (Robinson, Odor, Gallo).

Houston

IP

H

R

ER

BB

SO

NP

ERA

Verlander, W 15-8

6

6

2

2

0

11

110

3.36

Liriano

1

0

0

0

0

0

9

5.68

Gregerson

1

1

0

0

0

0

10

4.50

Sipp

1

1

0

0

0

1

12

5.84

Texas

IP

H

R

ER

BB

SO

NP

ERA

Martinez, L 3-8

5

10

6

6

1

2

95

5.66

Barnette

 1/3

4

5

5

1

0

19

5.49

Bibens-Dirkx

1 2/3

2

1

1

0

1

35

4.67

Kela

1

0

0

0

0

1

12

2.87

Diekman

1

0

0

0

0

1

13

2.79

Martinez pitched to 2 batters in the 6th. Inherited runners-scored—Barnette 2-2. WP—Barnette. Umpires—Home, Chris Guccione; First, Dana DeMuth; Second, Paul Nauert; Third, Carlos Torres. T—3:17. A—26,053 (48,114).

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