Jordan Lyles pitched seven white innings and Adolis Garcia tied the club’s single rookie home run record as the Texas Rangers beat the Houston Astros 8-1 on Tuesday in Arlington, TX.
Lyles (9-11) entered with the second-highest qualifying ERA (5.43) in majors but produced his second consecutive stellar outing. He allowed three hits and one walk with seven strikeouts.
After allowing a run in seven innings relief in Arizona on Sept. 7, Lyles picked up where he left off against Houston. He prompted Carlos Correa and Jose Altuve to play floor double play late in the inning, respectively, before allowing just two more baserunners.
Astros de Lyle’s cross fell, Jose Siri with a pitch with two outs in the fifth. He responded by striking out the last seven batters he faced, including a strikeout in the sixth. Lyles, 0-1 with a 7.84 ERA in two previous starts against the Astros in 2021, threw 61 of his 98 shots for hitting.
Astros right-hander Zack Greinke (11-6), making his first start in more than two weeks after being on the COVID-19 injured list, and he allowed just two hits in the first five sleeves.
However, those two hits were two-run homers, the first coming from Nathaniel Lowe with two strikeouts in the first inning. Lowe followed a march with an out to Isiah Kiner-Falefa with a 440-foot explosion to center-right field that put Rangers up to a 2-0 lead.
Garcia hit two innings later.
After Kiner-Falefa reached via a one-out error from Correa short, Garcia hit his 30th home run down center. He equaled the record set by Pete Incavilia in 1986 and finished the night 3-for-4 with two points.
The bottom fell to Greinke in the sixth when the first four hitters reached safely, topped by DJ Peters’ 12th homer, a three-point shot down center.
Greinke allowed a season-high eight runs (seven earned) on five hits and three walks in over five innings. He took out four.
– Field level media