The first game of the second ‘half’ of the MLB season took place on Thursday night, and it was the only action for the night, taking full spotlight. It pitted interstate rivals Houston and Texas against each, and it was the Rangers that came out victors to begin the post All-Star Game portion of the season in fine shape, defeating the Astros 5-0 in Arlington. The Rangers got off to a quick start, roughing up Houston starter Framber Valdez and chasing him in less than an inning having plated four runs.
Roughned Odor doubled in two of those four and then scored later in the third to push their advantage to five. Lance Lynn was more than solid on the mound, recording 11 strikeouts and allowing no runs in seven innings. From there, the bullpen did their work and closed out the job. Even with the win, however, the Rangers are still nine games adrift of the Astros in the AL West race. The big worry for the Astros will be that Alex Bregman had to exit the game early due to getting hit with a grounder in the chin. They’ll hope for a quick bounce back for one of their star players, that’s for sure.