Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Keeping pace.

After the blow-out win the night before last, Texas won a close one over Houston last night.

Starter Yu Darvish showed his recent inconsistency by giving the Astros a one run lead in the top of the first. Texas tied to game with a run in the fourth and took the lead with another in the fifth.

In a now familiar pattern, Darvish coughed up a home run to Houston third baseman Matt Dominguez in the top of the fifth to tie the game. That was it for Yu. In came Neal Cotts. Cotts and fellow relievers Tanner Scheppers, Jason Frasor, and Joe Nathan held the Astros scoreless. for the rest of the game.

In the bottom of the fifth Adrian Beltre, shown here on card DDC-41 of the 2011 Topps Diamond Die Cut set, hammered a solo home run to give Texas a one run lead. That's all they needed with the bullpen's stellar performance.

Nice to see the team winning. Really wish they could have done it while defending either first place or a Wild Card spot. Now they're on the outside looking in and hoping for a stumble from the leaders. Both Tampa Bay and Cleveland won last night. The Texas victory keeps them from losing ground but they're still a game behind the Tribe and two behind the Devil Rays.

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