Unlikely power carries Astros past Rangers


Josh Reddick and Tony Kemp flashed rare displays of power, and the Houston Astros snapped a three-game losing skid with a 5-3 victory over the host Texas Rangers on Tuesday at Globe Life Park.

Reddick homered off Rangers right-hander Austin Bibens-Dirkx (1-2) in the third inning for his seventh home run of the season and first since a multi-homer game on April 21 in Chicago against the White Sox. Three batters later, with catcher Tim Federowicz on first base, Kemp blasted a two-run homer to right for his second homer and first since May 26 at Cleveland.

The Astros led 5-0 after the Kemp blast, but their offense dried up soon thereafter. Houston relievers Tony Sipp and Hector Rondon negotiated a perilous eighth inning in protecting the lead that the Rangers whittled to two runs before Rondon struck out Texas catcher Robinson Chirinos with the bases loaded to end the inning.

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Rondon returned for the ninth inning and completed the four-out save, his sixth overall.

Bibens-Dirkx allowed five runs on nine hits and two walks with four strikeouts over six innings.

Astros left-hander Dallas Keuchel (5-8) benefitted from the early run support and worked seven strong innings, allowing two runs on five hits and one walk with seven strikeouts. He led 2-0 before even taking the mound thanks to run-scoring doubles from Yuli Gurriel and Reddick.

Keuchel struck out the side in the first inning and retired the first seven batters he faced before surrendering consecutive one-out hits to Ronald Guzman and Delino DeShields in the third, with DeShields' double to straightaway center scoring Guzman and slicing the deficit to 5-1.

Guzman reached and scored again in the fifth, doubling to right with one out and scoring when Shin-Soo Choo added a two-out single to left. Keuchel recovered and induced a groundout from Texas shortstop Elvis Andrus and allowed one additional baserunner over his final two innings.

Choo extended his on-base streak to 43 games when he walked against Keuchel in the third.

Astros catcher Max Stassi sustained a right hand contusion after being hit by a pitch in the first inning. He was replaced by Federowicz and is day to day after X-rays were negative. Astros catcher Brian McCann underwent arthroscopic surgery on his right knee and landed on the 10-day disabled list earlier Tuesday.

--Field Level Media

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