Young, who went 3-2 with a 4.71 ERA in seven starts last year, has allowed two runs or fewer in each of his last five outings, going 2-1 during that stretch. He allowed two runs and seven hits over five innings, but didn’t receive a decision in the Rangers’ 5-2 loss to Minnesota on Monday.
Laynce Nix hit a three-run homer and had six RBIs to lead the Rangers to a 7-3 victory in the series opener on Friday. Kenny Rogers had his streak of consecutive scoreless innings snapped at 31, but the Rangers won for the sixth time in their last 10 meetings with the Astros. Houston still leads the all-time series 14-11.
Houston, which entered the game ranked last or next-to-last in nearly every offensive category in the NL, fell to 2-17 on the road. The Astros have lost three straight overall following a season high-tying three-game winning streak.
“It’s just a funk,” Houston’s Brandon Backe said. “Funk’s are tough to get out of. One day, we’ll find it.”
The lack of offense from Lance Berkman, who went 1-for-4 on Friday, continues to hurt the Astros. After missing the first month of the season while recovering from a torn ACL, Berkman’s is hitting just .190 (8-for-42) with a homer and three RBIs since returning on May 6.
Last season, Berkman hit .316 with 30 homers and 106 RBIs for the NL wild card winners.