The Houston Astros continue to gain ground on the Texas Rangers as they have now taken two straight over Texas after their 8-3 win on Tuesday night.  Texas came in looking to get back in the win column but that would not be the case as they have now lost 17 of their last 20 games.  "Of course our offense has to grind it out and I think it will," Ranger manager Ron Washington said. "If we can straighten out the starting pitching and put less work on the bullpen, I think everything else will straighten out."

Houston sent Brad Peacock to the mound as he earned the win going 5 2/3 innings of work while giving up two runs on six hits while striking out five Ranger batters.  For Texas, Phil Irwin to the mound in his MLB debut and it would not go well as he allowed three runs on six hits in just four innings of work.  The Astros offense had a field day last night as they tagged the Texas pitching staff as they scored their eight runs on twelve hits while striking out just five times in the win.

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Texas and Houston will wrap up their mid-week series tonight as the Rangers will fall into a tie for last place in the AL West if they lose tonight.  First pitch for this game is set for 7:05pm from Globe Life Park in Arlington with the pregame starting at 6:45pm.  You can hear all the action right here on Sports Radio