The Rangers seemed to be well on their way to improving on last season’s disastrous 60-102 record, but after Monday’s 1-0 loss to the Astros in Houston, there may be no guarantee. Texas is riding a nine-game losing streak with 28 contests left, sitting at 58-76 on the season.
While Rangers ace pitcher Martín Pérez once again dazzled — seven innings in which he allowed one run on six hits with one walk and five strikeouts — his Astros counterpart on the mound did even better. Rookie Hunter Brown made an impressive showing in his big league debut.
“Brown did a nice job,” Rangers skipper Tony Beasley told MLB.com. “You have to give him credit. He had a live fastball and a nice little breaking ball, and he attacked. He forced us into contact. He walked one guy. He just attacked the zone and did what you expect a pitcher to do. So just tip the hat.”
Brown lasted six innings and allowed no runs on three hits while walking one and striking out five.
Houston would send a total of four pitchers to the mound in the win. The three relief pitchers for the Astros would toss the final three frames without allowing a hit or walk while fanning five. A total of 10 Rangers batters would be sent back to the bench via strikeout, as Texas went 0-for-4 with runners in scoring position.
The Rangers will look to avoid a double-digit losing streak on Tuesday when they again face the Astros at Minute Made Park with a start time set for 7:10 p.m.
Texas will send Glenn Otto (6-8, 4.82) to the mound to face Framber Valdez (14-4, 2.63) for Houston.