HOUSTON (AP) — Leody Taveras drove in a career-high five runs, including a bases-clearing double as part of a five-run 10th inning as the Texas Rangers beat the Houston Astros 8-4 on Wednesday night.
Marcus Semien hit a bases-loaded sacrifice fly off Phil Maton (0-2) to put Texas ahead 4-3 in the 10th and Corey Seager followed with an RBI single.
The Rangers loaded the bases again on a single by Adolis García, and two batters later, Taveras cleared them with a drive into the right-center gap.
Taveras also had a sacrifice fly in the sixth and an RBI triple in the fourth off Justin Verlander.
Taylor Hearn (5-6) pitched a perfect ninth for the win.
Verlander yielded three runs on five hits with seven strikeouts in six innings. He leads the majors with 15 wins and a 1.85 ERA.
The three runs were the most Verlander had allowed since surrendering seven in a loss to the White Sox on June 18, snapping a streak of seven straight starts giving up two runs or fewer.
Kyle Tucker and Yordan Álvarez each hit solo home runs for the AL West-leading Astros. Tucker hit an RBI single in the 10th.
Texas starter Glenn Otto allowed two runs on four hits with five strikeouts in five innings.
Rangers: RHP Spencer Howard was placed on the 15-day injured list retroactive to Monday with right shoulder impingement. LHP John King was recalled from Triple-A Round Rock.
Astros: RHP Lance McCullers Jr., who has been on the injured list since the start of the season with a right forearm strain, is set to make his first start of the season on Saturday against Oakland. … OF Michael Brantley, who has been on the injured list since June 27, will get a second opinion on his injured right shoulder.
CLIMBING THE RANKS
Verlander broke a tie with Mets ace Max Scherzer — for now — for 14th on the all-time strikeout list and now has 3,147 in his career. Pedro Martinez is 13th with 3,154 strikeouts.
LITTLE LEAGUERS IN THE HOUSE
Pearland Little League, which won the Southwest Regional and advanced to the Little League World Series, was in attendance for the game. The team went down to the field pregame for autographs from Astros players and were shown on the big screen during the game.
The Astros will send LHP Framber Valdez (10-4, 2.87 ERA) to the mound Thursday in the series finale opposite LHP Cole Ragans (0-0, 0.00 ERA), who will be making his second career start.
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