Houston Astros

Battery Leads Astros to 4-1 win over Rangers

With the American West League title all but a lost cause in 2020, the goal for the Houston Astros shifts to finishing in second place in the division, which would ensure a top-six seed in this year’s expanded postseason.

George Springer did what he has done best throughout his career, Alex Bregman once again was clutch, and a strong pitching performance by Jose Urquidy led the Astros to an 4-1 series-opening win over the Rangers.

Springer destroyed the fourth offering from Kyle Cody in the bottom of the first well over the left-center field wall, marking the 39th leadoff home run of his career and the 11th time he has done so against Texas.

With the bases loaded and nobody out, Josh Reddick hit a weak tapper back to Cody, who started an easy 1-2-3 double play.

After an out, Alex Bregman dumped a perfectly placed single down the left-field line, plating Springer and Altuve for a 3-1 Houston advantage.

Brooks Raley delivered the goods in the eighth as he shut down the Rangers in order, then it was Maldonado insurance time in the bottom half.

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