That two-run shot high off the pole down the right field line came against Héctor Rondón, the third Astros reliever after Cole left the game. He hit a tiebreaking shot in the sixth and another solo shot the following inning to make it 8-4. Odor is 11-for-32 with four doubles, a triple, three home runs and 13 RBIs over the last 10 games for Texas. Alvarez walked. Yuli Gurriel followed with a homer. Minor has gone 3-3 with a 4.26 ERA in 13 games (10 starts) against the Astros in his career. His 183 strikeouts for the season pushed him two past Washington's Max Scherzer for the big league lead. Houston did option right-hander Jose Urquidy to Triple-A Round Rock on Wednesday after he posted a 10.50 ERA over two starts against the Colorado Rockies and Los Angeles Angels. Tim Fedorowicz, Joey Gallo and Shin-Soo Choo each had a solo home run while Elvis Andrus added an RBi to finish off the Rangers' offense as a team in the winning effort. There's also the fact that Texas has all of the momentum after rallying for the walkoff win in game two and have been the better team in the first two games of the series.
The nine combined home runs were the most in a game at the Rangers' ballpark since 2010, when Texas and Boston also combined for nine homers. Andrus' two stolen bases gave him 21 for the season.
Astros manager A.J. Hinch disclosed postgame that Bregman needed four stitches to his chin.
Astros Injuries: Joe Smith: 60-day IL (achilles), Brad Peacock: 10-day IL (shoulder), Lance McCullers Jr.: 60-day IL (elbow), Aledmys Diaz: 10-day IL (hamstring), Carlos Correa: 10-day IL (rib), Alex Bregman: day-to-day (face). The 35-year-old pitcher had surgery last December to fix a ruptured Achilles tendon in his left leg. Mike Minor will start game three and is 8-4 with a 2.54 ERA and 114 strikeouts this season.
Pitching Matchup: The Astros will trot out Wade Miley (7-4, 3.28 ERA) and he will be opposed by Mike Minor (8-4, 2.54 ERA). He didn't pitch in the All-Star Game.
The upstart Rangers slumped a bit down the stretch of the first half, losing six of seven games before pulling out a 4-1 win in 11 innings at Minnesota on July 7.
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