The Texas Rangers struggles continue as they have gone 5-6 in their last 11 games, and the latest loss came against the Houston Astros in a 6-5 loss. The Rangers opened up the scoring on an inside the park home run by David Murphy in the third inning which scored three runs.
Murphy was able to score on the inside park home run as one Astros outfielder dove and missed while the over outfielder tripped over the fallen player, and then the throw was not on target as Murphy crossed the plate. The Rangers added another run in the inning to go up 4-0.
Pitching was an issue as starter Derek Holland was making his first start since May 10 which gave him an extra four days of rest. That rest did not help Holland at all as he earned his third loss of the season and lasted only five innings while giving up five runs which all came off of three Astros home runs.
The Rangers had a chancee to tie the game in the bottom of the eighth inning with runners on second and third and one out, but Astros reliever Brandon Lyon was able to get out of the inning by retiring Nelson Cruz and Mike Napoli.
The game ended when the Rangers had Elvis Andrus on first with two outs, but then Josh Hamilton grounded out and Andrus was caught in a run down and tagged out to end the game.