Houston Astros fall to Texas Rangers 6-5 in extra innings

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Astros fall to the Texas Rangers in extra innings. (KTRK)

Ronald Guzman's first career homer tied the game in the eighth inning, and he put the Rangers ahead with an infield single in the 10th as Texas rallied from five runs down to beat the Houston Astros 6-5 on Saturday.

The Rangers, who snapped a five-game losing streak, loaded the bases with one out off Will Harris (0-1) before Guzman sent a hard grounder up the middle that Harris tried to grab. It ricocheted off Harris' glove, allowing Jurickson Profar to score. Harris struck out Ryan Rua and induced a groundout by Juan Centeno to end the inning.

Keone Kela (1-0) pitched the ninth for the win. Chris Martin allowed consecutive singles to start the 10th but induced lineouts from Carlos Correa and Yuli Gurriel. Alex Claudio came on and retired Josh Reddick on a grounder to earn his first save.

Houston has lost three of four after starting the season 9-2.

Joey Gallo cut the lead to 5-4 with a two-run homer off the right-field foul pole in the eighth, and Guzman followed two batters later with a solo shot to right to tie it.

Isiah Kiner-Falefa also hit his first big league home run, a drive to left to open the fifth. Adrian Beltre homered to right in the sixth to cut the lead to three. It was the 463rd of his career, tying him with Miguel Cabrera for 35th on the all-time list.

The Astros scored all five of their runs off Mike Minor in the fourth on Correa's two-run double and Gurriel's three-run homer to left. Minor worked five innings, allowing five hits.

Charlie Morton tied a career high with 12 strikeouts in his six innings, allowing two runs on six hits. The right-hander has 25 strikeouts in 18 innings over three starts.


Rangers: OF Nomar Mazara did not play because of what manager Jeff Banister called neck stiffness. "He was stiff overnight, came in this morning early to get treatment. He has gotten better. It's a situation where you have a little crick in your neck. It's kind of tough to turn your head and see the baseball in those situations," Banister said. ... OF Delino DeShields (fractured left hamate bone) hit off a tee Saturday.


Masters champion Patrick Reed sat behind home plate, wearing his green jacket. The Astros presented Reed, who lives and trains north of Houston, with a personalized jersey.


Rangers: RHP Bartolo Colon will make his second start of the season Sunday night in the series finale. He allowed one run over six innings in his previous outing, a no-decision.

Astros: RHP Justin Verlander (2-0) makes his fourth start of the season and second against the Rangers. Verlander, who has a nine-game regular-season winning streak, struck out nine in seven scoreless innings in his last start Monday at Minnesota.
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