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Texas0 0 2 0 1 0 0 0 5 8120
Houston1 0 1 0 0 1 0 0 1 480
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  W: T. Hearn (5-6)   L: P. Maton (0-2)
5:10 PM PT6:10 PM MT7:10 PM CT8:10 PM ET20:10 ET0:10 GMT8:10 5:10 PM MST7:10 PM EST7:40 PM VEN4:10 UAE (+1)6:10 PM CT, August 10, 2022
Minute Maid Park, Houston, Texas  Attendance: 26,670

Justin Verlander leads Astros into tilt vs. Rangers

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Texas Rangers at Houston Astros

  1. Since the beginning of 2019, Houston is 25-3 at home against the Rangers. That is the best home record for any team against a divisional opponent over the last four seasons and Houston's most wins ever against a single opponent in a 28-game span of home games.
  2. After getting the loss in each of his first two starts this season, Martin Perez is 9-0 over his last 19 starts. Perez is the first Rangers pitcher ever to not receive a single loss over a 19-start span in a single season.
  3. Nathaniel Lowe had three hits in Texas' 8-2 loss to the White Sox on Sunday. The Rangers have lost three straight games in which Lowe has three or more hits and are just 3-4 in such games this season.
  4. The Astros lost 1-0 to Cleveland on Sunday, their first 1-0 loss of the season. Houston is now 21-1 when allowing one or fewer runs in 2022, with only the Dodgers having more such games this season (27).
  5. Justin Verlander has won each of his last seven starts and is now 15-3 on the season, which gives him the most wins in MLB. Verlander is the first Astros pitcher to win seven straight starts in a single season since Andy Pettitte did so in 2005.
  6. Yordan Alvarez has 30 home runs this season to go with his .300 batting average. The last Houston player to hit .300 and have 30 home runs for a season was Carlos Lee in 2007.
Notes Applicable For Series Dates: 8/9/2022 thru 8/11/2022
(AP Photo/Ron Schwane)

The acquisition of Trey Mancini last week was executed in part to help the Houston Astros offset the loss of veteran left fielder Michael Brantley, who missed his 39th game since landing on the injured list on June 27.

But a different veteran capable of playing multiple positions has also helped the Astros fill that void. Aledmys Diaz produced a seismic fourth-inning grand slam to help Houston rally for a 7-5 victory over the visiting Texas Rangers in the opener of a three-game series on Tuesday.

Diaz has made 59 starts at six different positions this season and was in left field for the 15th game on Tuesday. He entered the series with the Rangers slashing .293/.359/.557 with six home runs and 13 RBIs since Brantley landed on the IL, a span of 30 games and 27 starts.

"He's been very valuable since the first day he got here," Astros acting manager Joe Espada said of Diaz. "He's one of those players that sometimes goes unnoticed because he's not your everyday guy. But he's extremely valuable. He picks you up defensively, gets you some big (at-bats), he's a leader in the clubhouse. He's been a very special player for us. He contributes in so many different ways."

Right-hander Justin Verlander (15-3, 1.73 ERA) has the starting assignment for the Astros on Wednesday. He has won seven consecutive starts, going 7-0 with a 0.76 ERA and an opponent OPS of .464.

Verlander has recorded 46 strikeouts against just eight walks during that span and has allowed one earned run or fewer in each start. He tossed six shutout innings in a 6-0 win over the Cleveland Guardians on Thursday, his seventh scoreless appearance of the season.

Verlander is 20-8 with a 2.59 ERA in 33 career starts against the Rangers, including a 2-0 record and 0.69 ERA in two starts this season. Verlander has 16 strikeouts and zero walks against Texas in 2022.

Rookie right-hander Glenn Otto (4-8, 5.31) is the scheduled starter for the Rangers. In eight starts since returning from the COVID-19 injured list, Otto is 0-6 with a 6.45 ERA.

However, he does rank among the top five among American League rookies in starts (third, 16), strikeouts (fourth, 64), wins (tied for fourth) and innings (fifth, 78). In his previous start, Otto took the loss after allowing two runs on four hits and one walk with seven strikeouts over six innings in the Rangers' 2-1 setback to the Chicago White Sox on Friday.

Otto, a Houston native and Rice University product, is 0-2 with a 5.30 ERA in four career starts against the Astros. He is 0-1 with an 3.48 ERA in two starts against Houston this season.

The Rangers parlayed a stubborn, assertive approach against Astros starter Jose Urquidy into a four-run lead through three innings Tuesday night. But once Houston rallied to the lead, it turned to its stellar bullpen, one backed by high-leverage right-handers Rafael Montero, Hector Neris and Ryan Pressly. Astros relievers entered the series with the lowest ERA among all bullpens at 2.68.

"Through the middle innings we faced some of their best guys once you fall behind like that," Rangers manager Chris Woodward said. "They're tough, they're really tough."

--Field Level Media

Updated August 10, 2022

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