Late offensive spark boosts Rangers past Astros

<p > <p >ARLINGTON -- Shelby Miller had to go up against Astros ace Justin Verlander in his first start for the Rangers on Tuesday night. It did not appear to be a fair fight. Miller had a 7.84 ERA in five games last season while recovering from Tommy John elbow reconstruction surgery.</p > </p ><p > <p >ARLINGTON -- Shelby Miller had to go up against Astros ace Justin Verlander in his first start for the Rangers on Tuesday night. It did not appear to be a fair fight.</p > <p >Miller had a 7.84 ERA in five games last season while recovering from Tommy John elbow reconstruction surgery. Verlander was runner-up for the American League Cy Young Award.</p > <p >It didn't matter. Both starters were gone by the time this one was decided, and the Rangers are undefeated with Miller on the mound after holding on for a 6-4 victory at Globe Life Park.</p > <p >Joey Gallo delivered the go-ahead two-run single for the Rangers in the seventh inning through three infielders on the right side of the Astros drawn-in alignment. Rougned Odor started the Texas rally with a perfect bunt single past Astros left-handed reliever Framber Valdez and went to third on a double by Elvis Andrus.</p > <p > <p > <p > <p > <img alt=""/ ></p > </p > </p > </p > <p >Reliever Shawn Kelley picked up his second win for the Rangers, and relievers Chris Martin and Jose Leclerc shut down the Astros over the final two innings.</p > <p >Miller lasted 3 2/2 innings. He gave up five hits and five walks while allowing just two runs. It wasn’t the greatest outing but he retired one fewer batter than Verlander, who was knocked out without recording an out in the fifth. This was the second shortest of Verlander’s 26 career regular season starts against the Rangers. The shortest was 2 2/3 innings in a 10-6 loss on May 16, 2013, in Arlington.</p > <p >Verlander has been historically tough on the Rangers. He entered the game with a career 2.82 ERA against the Rangers, the sixth lowest by an opponent with at least 150 innings in club history. The Rangers .220 batting average against Verlander ranked as the third-lowest mark.</p > <p >The Astros gave Verlander a 2-0 lead against Miller, but the Rangers tied it in the bottom of the second on a two-run home run by Asdrubal Cabrera. It was Cabrera’s third home run in the Rangers' first five games.</p > <p >The Rangers, trailing 3-2 into the bottom of the fifth, scored two more off Verlander in the fifth. Shin-Soo Choo led off with a triple, and, after Odor was hit by a pitch, Andrus and Nomar Mazara delivered back-to-back RBI singles to force Verlander out of the game.</p > <p > <p ><code data-tlink="mailto:tr.sullivan@MLB.com" >T.R. Sullivan</code > has covered the Rangers since 1989, and for MLB.com since 2006. Follow him on Twitter <code data-tlink="http://twitter.com/Sullivan_Ranger&quot; >@Sullivan_Ranger</code > and listen to his <code data-tlink="https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/texas-rangers-podcast/id902525872?mt=2" >podcast</code >.</p > </p > <p > <span > Read more: </span > </p > </p >

ARLINGTON -- Shelby Miller had to go up against Astros ace Justin Verlander in his first start for the Rangers on Tuesday night. It did not appear to be a fair fight. Miller had a 7.84 ERA in five games last season while recovering from Tommy John elbow reconstruction surgery.

ARLINGTON -- Shelby Miller had to go up against Astros ace Justin Verlander in his first start for the Rangers on Tuesday night. It did not appear to be a fair fight.

Miller had a 7.84 ERA in five games last season while recovering from Tommy John elbow reconstruction surgery. Verlander was runner-up for the American League Cy Young Award.

It didn't matter. Both starters were gone by the time this one was decided, and the Rangers are undefeated with Miller on the mound after holding on for a 6-4 victory at...

We've got ourselves a tied series!

Solid Start From Cahill (4/2/19)

Los Angeles Angels

It was a good night on the mound for Trevor Cahill.

Final Line: 6.0 IP, 3 H, 1 ER, 0 BB, 5 K

Have yourself a night, Mike.,#RootedInOakland

Oakland Athletics

Have yourself a night, Mike.
#RootedInOakland

4/2: Brewers vs Reds

Milwaukee Brewers

Orlando Arcia hits 3-run HR and Hader shuts down (again) the Reds in Brewers win.

RECAP: #Royals fall to Twins in extra-innings. ,,#AlwaysRoyal

Kansas City Royals

RECAP: #Royals fall to Twins in extra-innings.

#AlwaysRoyal

Gallo go-ahead single

Texas Rangers

Advantage: Joey. 😏

The first sunset at #TheK this season.,Oh, how we missed it! #AlwaysRoyal

Kansas City Royals

The first sunset at #TheK this season.
Oh, how we missed it! #AlwaysRoyal

#OTD 12 years ago, Gordo made his Major League debut. #AlwaysRoyal

Kansas City Royals

#OTD 12 years ago, Gordo made his Major League debut. #AlwaysRoyal

FREE Chick-fil-A Chicken Sandwiches!

Texas Rangers

Were you at yesterday's thriller? Show your game ticket at any D/FW Chick-fil-A location for a FREE Chik-fil-A Chicken Sandwich, courtesy of Asdrúbal knockin' one off the Fowl Pole!

cabrera defense

Texas Rangers

El Cabby getting it done with the bat and the glove. 🔥