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Rangers 5, Astros 0
- That is a good way to come back from the break.
- The Lance Lynn experience continues to surprise and surprise. Against a strong Astros team, Lynn worked a little on the first pair of innings, and there were some reasons to question how deep the game could go. It turns out that the answer was 7 closed innings, with 6 hits, 2 walks and a whopping 11 strikeouts. Lynn's effectiveness has dropped to 3.69 in the year.
Jose Leclerc threw an eighth goalless, and Chris Martin pitched a ninth without relief, and kept the drama minimized.
- Texas jumped all over Houston starter Framber Valdez, chasing him with two outs in the first inning after hitting and scoring four runs. Chris Devenski entered and withdrew Shin-Soo Choo with the bases loaded to finish the first one, and Texas scored just once for the rest of the way.
Rougned Odor resumed where he left before the break, bending twice and walking. Shin-Soo Choo also had a couple of punches and a walk, and all the other Rangers took a hit.
- There are three more left in the series, but Texas has set a good early tone today.