Verlander allows 1 hit in 7 innings, Astros beat Rangers 3-0
HOUSTON (AP) - Justin Verlander pitched one-hit ball for seven dominant innings, right fielder Josh Reddick made another leaping catch and the Houston Astros beat the Texas Rangers 3-0 on Friday night.
Jake Marisnick homered in the third, and Yuli Gurriel and Robinson Chirinos hit back-to-back solo home runs with two outs in the seventh.
Astros star second baseman Jose Altuve exited in the first inning with left hamstring discomfort after beating out an infield single. He was listed as day to day.
The only hit off Verlander (6-1) was a single by Asdrubal Cabrera to lead off the fifth. The right-hander struck out eight, walked two and hit a batter.
Ryan Pressly threw a perfect eighth. Roberto Osuna pitched around a single in the ninth for his 10th save, helped by Reddick.
A day after reaching over the wall to take away a go-ahead, three-run homer from Texas' Hunter Pence, Reddick leaped for a catch against the wall to rob Elvis Andrus of extra bases.
Carlos Correa helped Verlander in the third, making a diving snag of Ronald Guzman's hard grounder deep in the hole at short, popping up and getting the out at first.
Lance Lynn (4-3) allowed three runs in seven innings, striking out eight. The three home runs Lynn gave up were as many as he had allowed in his previous seven starts combined this season.
Verlander passed Frank Tanana for 22nd on the all-time strikeouts list by fanning Rougned Odor in the seventh. He now has 2,774 strikeouts in his career.
Astros RHP Gerrit Cole (3-4, 4.17 ERA) will make his ninth start of the season, seeking his third straight win after allowing four runs in 6 1/3 innings in his last outing Monday against the Royals. The Rangers planned to announce later their starter.
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