Venezuelans Rougned Odor and Elvis Andrus dispatched solitary home runs while Joey Gallo disappeared and produced three runs for the Texas Rangers to end a four-game losing streak by beating the Houston Astros 10-4 on Thursday.
After squandering at the start of the series, the Rangers went 4-0 in the first inning and appealed to the bullpen to avoid the sweep of four games, in addition to breaking their worst streak of the year.
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Marvin Gonzalez homered in his fifth straight game for Houston.
Odor took it out to Joe Musgrove (1-3) with an out in the first. Singles by Nomar Mazara, Carlos Gomez and Gallo put the score 2-0 with two outs and Mike Napoli hit a two-run double.
Gallo extended the lead with a two-run homer inside a three-run attack in the eighth and Andrus hit his solo homer in the ninth.
A.J. Griffin (3-0) claimed the victory by allowing a clean run in five innings after leaving the list of injured by an ailment in the left ankle.
For the Rangers, the Venezuelans Rougned Odor 4-1, one scored and one towed; Elvis Andrus 5-2, two runs scored and one RBI; And Robinson Chirinos 2-0, one notched. The Dominicans Carlos Gómez of 4-2, two annotated; And Nomar Mazara of 4-1, one annotated and one impelled.
For the Astros, the Carlos Correa of 4-2, two annotated; And Carlos Beltrán of 2-1, one impelled. The Venezuelans José Altuve 6-1; And Marwin Gonzalez 3-2, one run scored and two RBIs. The Cuban Yulieski Gurriel of 4-1, an annotated one.