Texas 8, Houston 3

Boxscore | Recap
Saturday, June 16, 2012 7:15 PM
Location - Rangers Ballpark in Arlington
Temperature - 91°
Umpires - Home Plate - Bill Miller, First Base - Dale Scott, Second Base - Dan Iassogna, Third Base - CB Bucknor,
Attendance - 48288

Final Scoring Summary

Final 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 X R H E
Houston 1 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 3 9 1
Texas 0 0 0 0 0 5 2 1 8 11 0

Team Records

Team W/L Home Away Streak
Houston 27-38 18-14 9-24 L2
Texas 39-27 19-12 20-15 W2

Recap

Rangers 8, Astros 3: Nelson Cruz hit a three-run homer to key a five-run sixth inning and Justin Grimm pitched six innings to win his major league debut for host Texas.

Craig Gentry and Ian Kinsler led off the sixth with back-to-back base hits against Lucas Harrell (6-5), and Michael Young reached on a fielder’s choice to load the bases with one out. Adrian Beltre delivered a two-run single to left field, and Cruz sent the next pitch over the wall in left-center field to give the Rangers a 5-3 lead.

Grimm (1-0) fell behind early, giving up a first-inning solo homer to Jed Lowrie, but he retired 10 of the next 11 hitters, including a run of five strikeouts in a row. The rookie gave up three runs on six hits and struck out seven without a walk.

Kinsler singled home a run in the seventh inning and scored on a sacrifice fly by Young.

An RBI double by Justin Maxwell and a run-scoring single by Jordan Schafer in the fifth gave the Astros a 3-0 edge before the Rangers began their surge an inning later. Houston loaded the bases against Mike Adams in the eighth inning but failed to score.

Harrell allowed five runs and seven hits in his 5 1/3 innings, with five of those coming in the pivotal sixth.

GAME NOTEBOOK:
Grimm became the 11th pitcher in major league history to strike out seven or more hitters in his first start without walking a batter. ... Grimm also became the first player in Rangers history to record five consecutive strikeouts in his debut. ... Houston LF Carlos Lee is slated to return to the lineup Sunday after spending 15 days on the disabled list with a hamstring injury.

Top Game Performances

Starting Pitchers
Houston   Texas
Lucas Harrell Player Justin Grimm
Loss W/L Win
5.1 IP 6.0
2 Strikeouts 7
7 Hits 6
8.44 ERA 4.50
Hitting
Houston   Texas
Jordan Schafer Player Adrian Beltre
3 Hits 2
1 RBI 2
0 HR 0
4 TB 3
.750 Avg .500

Team Stats Summary

Team Hits HR TB Avg LOB K RBI BB SB Errors
Houston 9 1 17 .257 16 10 3 0 1 1
Texas 11 1 17 .324 11 4 8 0 3 0

Upcoming Games

  • Texas will play their next game at home against Houston. The Rangers have a W/L % of .487 after a win and .741 after a loss.
  • Houston will play their next game on the road against Texas. The Astros have a W/L % of .444 after a win and .405 after a loss.