q123: r, Eddie Howes side have just one win from their last 11 top-flight fixtures (stretching back to last season

r, Eddie Howes side have just one win from their last 11 top-flight fixtures (stretching back to last season

7 Jan 2020 at 03:49am
HOUSTON -- The Texas Rangers put on quite the power display Friday night against the Houston Astros. Nelson Cruz hit a monstrous home run to tie the score in the sixth inning, Jeff Bakers shot put the Rangers ahead in the next inning and David Murphy added one in the ninth as Texas beat Houston 4-2. Three relievers threw 3 1-3 perfect innings to help the Rangers get the win. Baker greeted Wesley Wright (0-1) with a leadoff home run to right field in the seventh to give the Rangers, who entered the game last in the American League with 14 home runs on the road, their first lead of the night at 3-2. "Any time you can contribute, it is awesome," Baker said. "Especially when you are in the utility role, and you are trying to make the most of your opportunities, getting a big hit. Getting the series started with a win is obviously huge for us." Murphys shot leading off the ninth inning against Travis Blackley extended the Rangers lead and travelled 411 feet. Cruz tied the score at 2-2 with a big solo home run to left field in the sixth off Houston starter Dallas Keuchel. The 416-foot shot bounced off the glass facade above the railroad tracks for Cruzs eighth homer of the season. It ended a 0 for 12 skid for Cruz, who has tied games with four of his long balls this year. "That one Cruz got was huge to get us back in the ballgame right there after they stole a run from us," Washington said. "And then Baker gets us the lead run and Murphy a little bit of insurance. It was all needed." Robbie Ross (1-0) pitched 1 1-3 perfect innings before Tanner Scheppers pitched the eighth and Joe Nathan the ninth for his 10th save of the season. "The bullpen was outstanding," Washington said. "For Robbie to come in and get us 1 1-3 innings and then Schep came in and had a good breaking ball tonight to go with that live fastball that he has. And then Joe did the rest. It was solid." Nathan said the bullpen is in a pretty good rhythm. "The young guys who were question marks coming into the year are throwing the ball great," Nathan said. "Obviously, we are passing the ball along pretty good. We are in a rhythm. We have good confidence down there. We are just trying to throw as many quality pitches as we can and get outs. We know coming out of the pen, we got to be aggressive, throw strikes and get outs for us. Fortunately, it has gone well." Trevor Crowe put the Astros in front 1-0 in the second with a solo home run to left field off Alexi Ogando. The home run was Crowes first in 234 at-bats since July 23, 2010, when he was with the Indians. Elvis Andrus tied it at 1-1 in the third with a bases-loaded walk. The Rangers loaded the bases with one out on a walk by Geovany Soto and singles by Craig Gentry and Ian Kinsler. Following Andrus walk, Keuchel struck out Lance Berkman and got Adrian Beltre to fly out to centre to end the inning. Houston responded with a run of its own in the bottom of the inning as Jose Altuve doubled with one out, advanced to third on Jason Castros groundout and scored on Ogandos wild pitch to make it 2-1. "That was a great reaction," Houston manager Bo Porter said. "He broke the minute the ball broke down. That was great anticipation by Altuve, and a good heads up play." Ogando was rocky in the first, loading the bases on a walk to Chris Carter with two outs before inducing a flyout to centre by Carlos Pena to end the inning. Keuchel, making his first start of the season after appearing in six games this season out of the bullpen, allowed two runs on five hits with two walks and three strikeouts in six innings. Keuchel said he felt good on the mound and felt he could have gone longer. "Before the game I told some of the guys that, since I went to the bullpen and then had that one start down in Triple A, my body has been responding well," Keuchel said. "Even though I got a little hot early, I was able to settle in a little bit." Ogando went 5 2-3 innings, allowing two runs and five hits with three strikeouts and a season-high four walks. NOTES: Texas C A.J. Pierzynski was placed on the disabled list Friday, retroactive to May 6 with a right oblique strain. C Robinson Chirinos was recalled from Triple A Round Rock Friday to take Pierzynskis place on the roster. ... Houston RHP Josh Fields, who has been on the disabled list since April 4 with a strained right forearm, began a rehab assignment Friday with Class A Quad Cities. ... Rangers RHP Yu Darvish, who is 5-1 with a 2.56 ERA, will take the mound Saturday for the first time against Houston since he threw 8 2-3 perfect innings against the Astros on April 2. Houston will counter with LHP Erik Bedard, who is 0-2 with a 7.36 ERA.Steve Spurrier Jersey. 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Hes settled into the changing room and the dynamics of the group seamlessly.He has been very bright and good in training. As you would expect his quality on the ball is obvious and his technical ability is of a very high level. Well wait and see what my team selection is, but I think he has naturally given the place a lift. Theres been a positive impact around the squad.Bournemouth could do with a lift following a start to the season that has seen them pick up just a single point from three games.West Brom (1-1-1) have enjoyed a slightly better start to the campaign thanks to a 1-0 win over Crystal Palace on the opening weekend and a goalless draw with Middlesbrough last time out.But the Baggies have struggled to carve out chances in their three matches and will be hoping that new arrival Nacer Chadli can add the spark that Tonyy Pulis side so desperately needs.ddddddddddddChadli -- a Belgium international who has fallen slightly down the pecking order for his country in the last year -- arrived from Tottenham Hotspur in a £13 million deal towards the end of the summer transfer window. This week, he explained his reason for joining the Baggies.I had a few clubs interested, but West Brom came very quickly and they showed concrete interest and wanted to make it happen, Chadli said. I thought if they really want me, its important for me to go there and prove myself. Thats why I chose West Brom.Its a good group and weve done some good training. So far, so good.Chadli is expected to make his debut against Bournemouth, but West Brom remain without the services of Chris Brunt due to a long-term knee ligament injury.Bournemouth have reported a clean bill of health going into the game for the first time since their first game in the Premier League 13 months ago.The Cherries took four points off Tony Pulis side last season, winning at the Hawthorns and drawing 1-1 at Dean Court. However, Eddie Howes side have just one win from their last 11 top-flight fixtures (stretching back to last season) and are without a victory in eight.West Broms record is no better, with Pulis enjoying just one Premier League win in the last 12 and scoring just seven goals in their last 13 matches.Wholesale Jerseys ' ' '

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