Hou 0 0 0 3 0 0 0 0 0 3
Tex 0 0 1 5 0 1 0 0 X 7
Date of game: 9/25/2013

Recap: Texas vs. Houston

Arlington, TX (Sports Network) - The Houston Astros secured the worst season in franchise history on Wednesday while the Texas Rangers kept pace in the AL wild card race.

Leonys Martin hit a three-run double and Ian Kinsler filled the box score with a home run, two runs scored and two RBI as Texas completed another sweep of the Astros, 7-3, at Rangers Ballpark.

The Rangers came into their penultimate series in a 5-15 slump in September, and despite taking all three in the set, they still trail the Cleveland Indians by one game for the final wild-card spot.

"If we can continue to win ballgames, I don't care what (the Indians) do," Rangers manager Ron Washington said. "If they win out, that's just the way it is."

Martin Perez (10-5) helped them stay in the win column with seven quality innings that saw him strike out eight while allowing three runs on six hits.

The Rangers, who close out the regular season with four home games against the Angels, won the last 11 meetings against the hapless Astros and took the season series by a whopping 17-2 margin.

Houston's 108 losses with three games to play eclipsed its dubious mark from last season and marks the most in the majors since the Arizona Diamondbacks went 51-111 in 2004.

Dallas Keuchel (6-10) was tagged for seven runs -- six earned -- on six hits over 5 2/3 innings in the latest setback, while Brandon Laird highlighted the Astros' offense with a two-run homer.

"We're only going to be better. Next year will be a positive year," Laird said.

Elvis Andrus opened the scoring with a run-scoring groundout in the bottom of the third before both teams combined for eight runs the next frame.

Chris Carter tied the game, 1-1, with an RBI single, and Laird put the Astros in front two batters later with a shot to straightaway center.

A single, walk and hit batsmen loaded the bases for the Rangers in the home half, and Martin put the Rangers on top with a bases-clearing double to right.

Kinsler and Alex Rios followed with RBI singles later in the inning, and the former hit his 13th home run of the season in the sixth for a 7-3 Rangers cushion.

Jason Frasor and Joakim Soria each tossed a scoreless inning behind Perez to close out the win.

Game Notes

The Rangers are just the fourth team since 1969 with 17 wins in one season over a single opponent ... Perez's outing ended an eight-game stretch of Rangers starters allowing two runs or less, which matched the longest streak in club history ... The Astros finished with a 27-54 road record ... Houston has an off day Thursday before hosting the Yankees for the final three games of the season.

NASCAR News
Kahne gets three-year extension from Hendrick

Kasey Kahne will continue to drive for Hendrick Motorsports through the 2018 Sprint Cup season, signing a three-year contract extension on Thursday.

Broncos' Julius Thomas inactive

Denver Broncos tight end Julius Thomas will not play in Sunday's game against the Miami Dolphins due to a sprained left ankle he sustained in the team's 22-7 loss at St. Louis last Sunday.

A's obtain 1B Davis from Pirates

The Oakland Athletics acquired first baseman Ike Davis from the Pittsburgh Pirates on Sunday, three days after he was designated for assignment.

Oilers' Pouliot out indefinitely with broken foot

Edmonton Oilers forward Benoit Pouliot is out indefinitely after suffering a broken foot in Friday's game against the New Jersey Devils, the team announced during the second intermission.

Featured Partners
www.eastridgeretirementcenter.com
The newly modeled East Ridge Residence is a must see with its spacious comfortable apartments. Plus, 3 delicious meals daily, geriatric physician, home healthcare services and fun festive activities. Schedule your visit today!
www.ameripriseadvisors.com/james.m.scotchie
Together we can make a confident retirement possible. Simply click to get started with your private wealth advisor. Talk to Jimmy Scotchie, Certified Financial Planner.
www.comcast.com/cable-internet-packages.html
Get started at $79.99 a month for 12 months. Plus, get a $75 VISA® Prepaid card.
 
Supermarket Guru
From The Archives
Scenic City Roots
Through Irish Eyes
Brand News
Prime Mashup
What's Trending
Megan Wise Goes Outside
Stay Connected with WDEF News 12
 
Inergize Digital This site is hosted and managed by Inergize Digital.