HOUSTON — After a dramatic ending the night before, the Houston Astros didn’t need all that drama to take down the rival Texas Rangers on Wednesday.
Chas McCormick homered twice, and the bullpen locked down an 8-4 win for the Astros, who defeated Texas for the second straight night.
In the series opener the day before, Houston won 6-3 on Jose Altuve’s walk-off grand slam in the bottom of the 10th inning. But this time such late-inning heroics were not required for the Astros (39-28, second on the AL West).
It was the first multi-homer game in the brief career of McCormick, who now has eight home runs in just 88 at-bats this season. The Astros roughed up Rangers starter Jordan Lyles for seven hits and five runs in just 4.1 innings.
Eli White homered twice in the loss for Texas, including one off Astros starter Zach Greinke. But it wasn’t enough to offset a solid hitting night for Houston, which also received home runs from Myles Straw, Martin Maldonado and two home runs from Altuve.
Despite the win, the Astros still suffered a costly injury, as Astros third baseman Alex Bregman left with a strained left quadriceps.
Bregman was injured in the first inning while running to first base when he grounded into a double play. He pulled up a few steps before first base and hobbled off the field after the play before heading to the clubhouse.
He was replaced by Robel García to start the second inning.
Bregman is hitting .275 with seven homers and 34 RBIs this season.
Greinke picked up the win to go to 7-2 on the season, while Lyles dropped to 2-5 with the loss. Greinke worked 5.2 innings and gave up three runs.
That wrapped up the quick two-game series between the AL West rivals. Houston will next host the Central-leading White Sox for a four-game series starting Thursday, while the Rangers return home for a three-game series with the Twins starting Friday.