ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) – Adolis Garcia equaled the Rangers’ rookie record in a season with 30 homers, and Texas Rangers beat the Houston Astros 8-1 on Tuesday night.
The Rangers hit three home runs off Zack Greinke, who returned to the mound after testing positive for COVID-19. Thus, bottom Texas defeated the divisional leader.
One night after beating the first game of a four-game series 15-1, the Astros didn’t score until the ninth inning, when Carlos Correa hit an RBI single off Josh Sborz.
Greinke (11-6) allowed eight runs and five hits. He ticketed three and worked through the sixth inning, his first start in 16 days.
His last game had also been a road loss to the Rangers on Aug. 29, two days before the 37-year-old pitcher entered the coronavirus roster.
Nathaniel Lowe hit a two-run home run that landed the ball 440 feet from home plate in the first inning, and the Rangers ultimately took the lead. DJ Peters ended Greinke’s work by hitting a three-round club that made the game 8-0 with no outs in the sixth inning.
The ball fell 421 feet from home plate, in the Astros bullpen, between left and center field.
For the Astros, Venezuelan José Altuve 4-2 with a run scored. The Puerto Ricans Correa 4-1 with an RBI, Martín Maldonado 3-1. The Cubans Yordan Álvarez 4-1, Yuli Gurriel 4-0.
For the Rangers, Leody Taveras 4-0. Cuban Garcia 4-3 with two runs scored and two RBIs. The Venezuelan Yonny Hernández 3-0.