As things stand, there is no hotter team in Major League Baseball than the Houston Astros. Having won eight of their last ten and five in a row now following a 6-5 win over the Texas Rangers on Saturday evening, they are now 23-17, a mere half game behind Oakland for the AL West lead. Luis Garcia (0-3 coming into the day) got his first career win on the mound, giving up one earned run in five innings of work. The Astros did most of their damage in the bottom half of the first as Alex Bregman singled in a pair of runs and Carlos Correa homered in two more to make it 4-1.
Kyle Tucker’s two-run shot in the seventh ended up being vital due to a late charge by the Rangers, but in the end the insurance paid off and the Astros remained on top of the ‘form’ chart. Elsewhere, the Pittsburgh Pirates were able to rally past the San Francisco Giants, leaders of the NL West heap, thanks in large part to the bat of catcher Jacob Stallings. The headlines are going to clearly point out that his two-run homer walked it off, but he was also responsible for tying the game up in the first place, hitting a two-run double in the bottom of the seventh to tie it up. His homer, which did walk it off as mentioned previously, made it 8-6 and handed the Pirates a second straight ‘W’ over the Giants. They still sit at 17-22, bottom of the NL Central, but at least they put on a show in this performance.