Keuchel tosses 3-hitter, Astros improve to 2-9 vs Rangers
HOUSTON (AP) — Dallas Keuchel pitched a three-hitter and the Houston Astros beat Texas for just the second time in 11 tries this season, topping the Rangers 5-0 Friday night.
Jose Altuve had two hits and drove in two runs as the Astros closed within 5 ½ games of the AL West-leading Rangers. Houston had lost three in a row overall.
Keuchel (7-11) allowed a career low in hits while throwing his fourth major league shutout. He struck out seven and walked two.
Keuchel was coming off one of his worst starts of the season in which he was tagged for seven runs in five innings Sunday at Detroit.
Houston got to Martin Perez (7-8) for four runs in the third. Altuve hit an RBI double, Carlos Correa followed with a two-run single before Tyler White had an RBI single.
Keuchel got off to a shaky start, giving up a double, single and walk in the first inning, along with throwing a wild pitch.
After that, he permitted just two more runners before Adrian Beltre doubled in the ninth.
Evan Gattis had three hits for Houston, which scored as many runs as it had totaled in the previous five games.
Perez lost his fourth straight decision. He hasn’t won since June 26 against Boston.
Rangers: LHP Derek Holland (left shoulder inflammation) started a rehab assignment with Triple-A Round Rock. He threw two scoreless innings, with one hit, one walk and two strikeouts on 28 pitches. ... CF Drew Stubbs (toe) continued a rehab assignment Friday with Round Rock. Stubbs entered Friday 7 for 32 in 11 rehab games.
Rangers: RHP Lucas Harrell (3-2) will make his second start with Texas after coming over from Atlanta in a trade July 27. He allowed three runs in six innings against Kansas City in his first start with Texas on Sunday.
Astros: RHP Doug Fister (10-7) will make his 22nd start of the season. He will look to continue the success he had in his last outing Monday when he threw six scoreless innings.