Have you noticed the Astros seem to have problems closing out months? In May, it was the Yankees. In June, it was the Rays. Now, in July, it's the Rangers. Yes, the last-place Rangers.
Altuve: Giving knee a rest
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Rougned Odor was 5-for-5 with two homers Saturday while Elvis Andrus added three hits to a 14-hit attack as the Rangers sent the Astros to their third straight defeat, 7-3.
Justin Verlander allowed two solo homers over five innings while newcomer Ryan Pressly gave up a solo shot in his Houston debut and Hector Rondon was torched for four runs in the ninth.
George Springer went deep (his 18th) in the fourth and Alex Bregman homered in a so-what ninth-inning rally to disguise another five-hit offensive effort.
It gets worse, The Astros placed AL MVP Jose Altuve on the 10-day disabled list with a sore right knee he hurt in Colorado. This is the first time the perennial All-Star has made a trip to the DL. It comes at a time where teammate Carlos Correa has already missed a month with a sore back.
Once again, Seattle and Oakland lost the Astros have not given back ground in the AL West race.
The 1:10 pm Central Sunday finale, last of the Silver Boot Series for this year, will feature Lance McCullers (10-5) against lefthander Mike "Two Minute" Minor (6-6).
- Bob Hulsey