Beltre, Rangers hand Astros 5th straight loss with 8-3 win

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) Adrian Beltre tipped his cap to Ivan Rodriguez when the new Hall of Fame catcher acknowledged the 3,000-hit milestone for the Texas Rangers' 38-year-old third baseman.

Then Beltre added a few more to the ledger.

The four-time All-Star had three hits with three RBIs after the shout-out from Rodriguez, and the Rangers beat Houston 8-3 on Saturday night, handing the AL-leading Astros a season-high fifth straight loss.

Beltre's RBI double and two-run single came after Rodriguez stopped early in his speech to pay tribute to Beltre during a pre-game ceremony to retire Rodriguez's No. 7. Beltre's 3,000th hit came on the same day Rodriguez was inducted into the Hall of Fame two weeks ago.

''Just what an incredible night, really, the electricity in the air,'' manager Jeff Banister said. ''We get to honor a Hall of Famer, beloved player in this community. He's incredible in our clubhouse, around the guys, great knowledge. He gives us such inspiration.''

Backup catcher Brett Nicholas followed the Rodriguez ceremony with a three-run homer , his first of the season and third of his career, for a 3-0 lead in the second inning after a 21-minute rain delay in the first.

Mike Napoli had a solo shot off Mike Fiers (7-7), who has allowed six home runs in his past two starts against the Rangers. West Division-leading Houston dropped to 2-9 since Aug. 1 and saw its lead for the best record in the AL drop to five games over Boston.

''Times like this will always feel miserable, bleak, frustrating,'' manager A.J. Hinch said. ''But every team goes through them. Now while you're going through them, they're hard to describe. It's the same thing over and over again.''

Fiers, who has lost three straight decisions, allowed three walks and hit a batter among the first six hitters he faced, and two scored on Nicholas' high drive off the facade of the upper deck in right field.

''That's pretty much the key to failure and success for me I think is the walks and the home run again,'' said Fiers, who was among the worst in the league allowing homers the first two months before not giving up one in June. ''One home run turns into three runs.''

Texas starter Tyson Ross (3-2) hit two batters, as did Houston reliever Francisco Liriano - Joey Gallo and Carlos Gomez back-to-back in the fifth before center fielder George Springer threw out Beltre trying to score on a fly ball by Rougned Odor.

Ross allowed five walks, four hits and three runs in 5 2/3 innings in the right-hander's first start since July 23 after going on the disabled list with a blister on his right index finger.

J.D. Davis had his first career RBI for Houston on a double in the fourth, but Derek Fisher was thrown out at home trying to score on the hit as well. Alex Bregman extended his career-best hitting streak to 14 games with an RBI single in the fourth.

BELTRE WATCH

Beltre, now at 3,013 hits, moved past Wade Boggs for 28th on the career list. The double was his 607th, breaking a tie with Paul Waner for 13th. It was Beltre's 1,100th extra-base hit, pushing him past Eddie Murray for 19th place.

THROWBACK

The Texas rivals both wore replica uniforms from 1999, the season Rodriguez was the AL MVP after hitting .332 with career highs of 35 homers and 113 RBIs.

SHORT HOPS

The Rangers sent utility man Ryan Rua to Triple-A Round Rock to make room for Ross. Texas claimed infielder Phil Gosselin on waivers from Pittsburgh and optioned him to Round Rock. Infielder Tyler Smith was assigned to Round Rock after clearing waivers. ... Fiers matched a season high by allowing six runs in four innings.

UP NEXT

Astros: LHP Dallas Keuchel (9-2, 2.87 ERA) has his first two losses in three starts since returning from his second stint on the DL with a neck injury. He pitched six shutout innings in a 7-1 win over the Rangers on June 2, his last start before spending nearly two months on the DL.

Rangers: RHP Andrew Cashner (7-8, 3.36) was scratched from his previous scheduled start Tuesday at the New York Mets because of neck stiffness. The Houston-area native has won three straight starts to match his career best.

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AstrosHOU71-45
000201000340
RangersTEX56-59
03012200X892
  • W: T. Ross (3-2)L: M. Fiers (7-7)
  • HR: TEX - M. Napoli (23), B. Nicholas (1)
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
G. Springer CF40000101.305.381.581.9611.0
J. Reddick RF40000001.298.343.478.8210.0
J. Altuve 2B21000200.361.422.567.9895.0
C. Beltran DH40000013.243.291.409.700-0.5
A. Bregman SS32110012.276.360.475.8354.5
M. Gonzalez 1B40200001.317.392.571.9632.0
D. Fisher LF20000110.257.368.473.8411.5
J. Davis 3B20120201.154.313.231.5436.0
J. Centeno C40000014.350.409.6501.059-0.5
    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    S. Choo DH22100300.255.371.397.7688.0
    E. Andrus SS52200012.297.334.480.8143.5
    N. Mazara RF20010201.248.327.421.7483.0
    A. Beltre 3B40330002.306.375.526.9017.0
    J. Gallo LF21000103.208.324.559.8833.0
    C. Gomez CF21000010.253.342.460.8022.5
    R. Odor 2B40000015.212.249.410.659-0.5
    M. Napoli 1B41111022.199.284.440.7255.0
    B. Nicholas C41231010.222.222.444.6678.5
      BATTING
      • 2B - J. Davis
      • RBI - A. Bregman (44), J. Davis 2 (2)
      • 2-Out RBI - J. Davis 2 (2)
      BATTING
      • 2B - A. Beltre (16)
      • HR - M. Napoli (23), B. Nicholas
      • RBI - N. Mazara (72), A. Beltre 3 (47), M. Napoli (49), B. Nicholas 3 (3)
      • 2-Out RBI - A. Beltre 2 (12), M. Napoli (19), B. Nicholas 3 (3)
      BASERUNNING
      • SB - J. Altuve (26)
      BASERUNNING
      • SB - S. Choo (10)
      FIELDING
      • Outfield Assist - D. Fisher (2), G. Springer (4)
      • DP - J. Centeno, G. Springer, A. Bregman, M. Gonzalez, J. Altuve
      FIELDING
      • Outfield Assist - J. Gallo, N. Mazara (5)
      • DP - R. Odor, A. Beltre, M. Napoli
      • E - A. Beltre (4), R. Odor (14)
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      M. Fiers (L, 7-7)4.05664224.361.33-7.0
      F. Liriano1.01000005.911.652.0
      F. Martes1.03222105.171.46-3.5
      J. Hoyt1.00000204.891.284.0
      R. Guduan1.00000105.542.003.5
      PITCHERSIP
      M. Fiers (L, 7-7)4.0
      F. Liriano1.0
      F. Martes1.0
      J. Hoyt1.0
      R. Guduan1.0
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      T. Ross (W, 3-2)5.24335207.111.5511.0
      M. Bush (H, 5)2.10000102.891.376.5
      J. Grilli1.00001105.971.482.5
      PITCHERSIP
      T. Ross (W, 3-2)5.2
      M. Bush (H, 5)2.1
      J. Grilli1.0
      PITCHING
      • HBP - M. Fiers (12), F. Liriano 2 (4)
      • Pitches-Strikes - M. Fiers 76-45, F. Liriano 16-9, F. Martes 29-17, J. Hoyt 17-11, R. Guduan 13-9
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - M. Fiers 1-7, F. Liriano 1-1, J. Hoyt 1-0, R. Guduan 1-1
      • Batters Faced - M. Fiers 20, F. Liriano 5, F. Martes 7, J. Hoyt 3, R. Guduan 3
      PITCHING
      • HBP - T. Ross 2 (6)
      • Pitches-Strikes - T. Ross 92-53, M. Bush 29-20, J. Grilli 26-15
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - T. Ross 9-4, M. Bush 1-5
      • Batters Faced - T. Ross 26, M. Bush 7, J. Grilli 4
      PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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      AstrosHOU71-45
      000201000340
      RangersTEX56-59
      03012200X892
      HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
      G. Springer CF40000101.305.381.581.9611.0
      J. Reddick RF40000001.298.343.478.8210.0
      J. Altuve 2B21000200.361.422.567.9895.0
      C. Beltran DH40000013.243.291.409.700-0.5
      A. Bregman SS32110012.276.360.475.8354.5
      M. Gonzalez 1B40200001.317.392.571.9632.0
      D. Fisher LF20000110.257.368.473.8411.5
      J. Davis 3B20120201.154.313.231.5436.0
      J. Centeno C40000014.350.409.6501.059-0.5
      Total2934306413-----
        HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
        S. Choo DH22100300.255.371.397.7688.0
        E. Andrus SS52200012.297.334.480.8143.5
        N. Mazara RF20010201.248.327.421.7483.0
        A. Beltre 3B40330002.306.375.526.9017.0
        J. Gallo LF21000103.208.324.559.8833.0
        C. Gomez CF21000010.253.342.460.8022.5
        R. Odor 2B40000015.212.249.410.659-0.5
        M. Napoli 1B41111022.199.284.440.7255.0
        B. Nicholas C41231010.222.222.444.6678.5
        Total2989826615-----
          BATTING
          • 2B - J. Davis
          • RBI - A. Bregman (44), J. Davis 2 (2)
          • 2-Out RBI - J. Davis 2 (2)
          BATTING
          • 2B - A. Beltre (16)
          • HR - M. Napoli (23), B. Nicholas
          • RBI - N. Mazara (72), A. Beltre 3 (47), M. Napoli (49), B. Nicholas 3 (3)
          • 2-Out RBI - A. Beltre 2 (12), M. Napoli (19), B. Nicholas 3 (3)
          BASERUNNING
          • SB - J. Altuve (26)
          BASERUNNING
          • SB - S. Choo (10)
          FIELDING
          • Outfield Assist - D. Fisher (2), G. Springer (4)
          • DP - J. Centeno, G. Springer, A. Bregman, M. Gonzalez, J. Altuve
          FIELDING
          • Outfield Assist - J. Gallo, N. Mazara (5)
          • DP - R. Odor, A. Beltre, M. Napoli
          • E - A. Beltre (4), R. Odor (14)
          PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
          M. Fiers (L, 7-7)4.05664224.361.33-7.0
          F. Liriano1.01000005.911.652.0
          F. Martes1.03222105.171.46-3.5
          J. Hoyt1.00000204.891.284.0
          R. Guduan1.00000105.542.003.5
          Total8.0988662---
          PITCHERSIP
          M. Fiers (L, 7-7)4.0
          F. Liriano1.0
          F. Martes1.0
          J. Hoyt1.0
          R. Guduan1.0
          Total8.0
          PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
          T. Ross (W, 3-2)5.24335207.111.5511.0
          M. Bush (H, 5)2.10000102.891.376.5
          J. Grilli1.00001105.971.482.5
          Total9.0433640---
          PITCHERSIP
          T. Ross (W, 3-2)5.2
          M. Bush (H, 5)2.1
          J. Grilli1.0
          Total9.0
          PITCHING
          • HBP - M. Fiers (12), F. Liriano 2 (4)
          • Pitches-Strikes - M. Fiers 76-45, F. Liriano 16-9, F. Martes 29-17, J. Hoyt 17-11, R. Guduan 13-9
          • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - M. Fiers 1-7, F. Liriano 1-1, J. Hoyt 1-0, R. Guduan 1-1
          • Batters Faced - M. Fiers 20, F. Liriano 5, F. Martes 7, J. Hoyt 3, R. Guduan 3
          PITCHING
          • HBP - T. Ross 2 (6)
          • Pitches-Strikes - T. Ross 92-53, M. Bush 29-20, J. Grilli 26-15
          • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - T. Ross 9-4, M. Bush 1-5
          • Batters Faced - T. Ross 26, M. Bush 7, J. Grilli 4
          • 6TH INNING
            Beltre singled to shallow right center, Choo and Andrus scored, Mazara to third38
            Davis walked, Bregman scored, Gonzalez to third, Fisher to second36
          • 5TH INNING
            Beltre doubled to deep left, Andrus scored26
            Mazara grounded out to shortstop, Choo scored, Andrus to second25
          • 4TH INNING
            Napoli homered to left center24
            Davis doubled to deep right, Bregman scored, Fisher out at home23
            Bregman singled to left center, Altuve scored13
          • 2ND INNING
            Nicholas homered to right center, Gallo and Gomez scored03
          • 9TH INNING
            • Jason Grilli relieved Matt Bush
            • D. Fisher: Strike swinging, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Fisher struck out looking
            • J. Davis: Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Davis walked
            • J. Centeno: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Centeno flied out to deep right
            • G. Springer: Strike swinging, Ball, Springer lined out to left
            • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 8TH INNING
            • M. Bush Pitching:
            • C. Beltran: Ball, Strike swinging, Beltran popped out to shortstop
            • A. Bregman: Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Bregman struck out swinging
            • M. Gonzalez: Strike looking, Strike looking, Gonzalez lined out to first
            • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • Reymin Guduan relieved James Hoyt
            • B. Nicholas: Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Nicholas struck out swinging
            • S. Choo: Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Andrus lined out to third
            • E. Andrus: Ball, Andrus grounded out to shortstop
            • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 7TH INNING
            • M. Bush Pitching:
            • G. Springer: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Foul, Springer grounded out to third
            • J. Reddick: Reddick flied out to deep right
            • J. Altuve: Ball, Ball, Altuve flied out to right
            • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 1 Error)
            • James Hoyt relieved Francis Martes
            • C. Gomez: Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Gomez struck out swinging
            • R. Odor: Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Odor struck out swinging
            • M. Napoli: Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Napoli grounded out to second
            • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 6TH INNING
            • T. Ross Pitching:
            • J. Altuve: Foul on 3rd baseman Beltre dropped ball error, Foul, Altuve flied out to deep left
            • C. Beltran: Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Beltran flied out to deep center
            • A. Bregman: Foul, Foul, Ball, Bregman hit by pitch
            • M. Gonzalez: Gonzalez singled to shallow right, Bregman to third
            • D. Fisher: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Fisher walked, Gonzalez to second
            • J. Davis: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Davis walked, Bregman scored, Gonzalez to third, Fisher to second
            • Matt Bush relieved Tyson Ross
            • J. Centeno: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Centeno flied out to left
            • Middle of the 6th (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • Francis Martes relieved Francisco Liriano
            • M. Napoli: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Strike swinging, Napoli struck out swinging
            • B. Nicholas: Ball, Nicholas singled to right
            • S. Choo: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Choo walked, Nicholas to second
            • E. Andrus: Ball, Strike looking, Andrus singled to shallow left, Nicholas out at home, Choo to second
            • N. Mazara: Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Mazara walked, Choo to third, Andrus to second
            • A. Beltre: Strike looking, Strike looking, Beltre singled to shallow right center, Choo and Andrus scored, Mazara to third
            • J. Gallo: Foul, Ball, Ball, Gallo lined out to right
            • End of the 6th (2 Runs, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 5TH INNING
            • T. Ross Pitching:
            • J. Centeno: Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Centeno struck out swinging
            • G. Springer: Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Ball, Springer grounded out to second
            • J. Reddick: Ball, Ball, Reddick grounded out to first
            • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • M. Fiers Pitching:
            • S. Choo: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Choo walked
            • E. Andrus: Ball, Pickoff attempt, Strike looking, Choo stole second, Foul, Andrus reached on an infield single to shortstop, Choo to third
            • Francisco Liriano relieved Mike Fiers
            • N. Mazara: Pickoff attempt, Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Mazara grounded out to shortstop, Choo scored, Andrus to second
            • A. Beltre: Strike looking, Strike looking, Pickoff attempt, Beltre doubled to deep left, Andrus scored
            • J. Gallo: Ball, Foul, Ball, Gallo hit by pitch
            • C. Gomez: Ball, Gomez hit by pitch, Beltre to third, Gallo to second
            • R. Odor: Ball, Foul, Foul, Odor flied into double play center to catcher, Beltre out at home
            • End of the 5th (2 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 4TH INNING
            • T. Ross Pitching:
            • J. Altuve: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Altuve walked
            • C. Beltran: Ball, Foul, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Altuve stole second, Foul, Beltran flied out to deep center, Altuve to third
            • A. Bregman: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Bregman singled to left center, Altuve scored
            • M. Gonzalez: Pickoff attempt, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Foul, Ball, Gonzalez grounded out to shortstop, Bregman to second
            • D. Fisher: Ball, Ball, Fisher hit by pitch
            • J. Davis: Davis doubled to deep right, Bregman scored, Fisher out at home
            • Middle of the 4th (2 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • M. Fiers Pitching:
            • C. Gomez: Gomez flied out to shallow center
            • R. Odor: Strike looking, Odor lined out to left
            • M. Napoli: Strike looking, Napoli homered to left center
            • B. Nicholas: Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Nicholas flied out to left
            • End of the 4th (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
          • 3RD INNING
            • T. Ross Pitching:
            • J. Centeno: Strike looking, Centeno grounded out to first
            • G. Springer: Springer grounded out to second
            • J. Reddick: Ball, Strike looking, Reddick grounded out to first
            • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • M. Fiers Pitching:
            • N. Mazara: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Mazara flied out to center
            • A. Beltre: Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Beltre singled to right
            • J. Gallo: Ball, Pickoff attempt, Foul, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Gallo lined into double play second to first, Beltre out at first
            • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
          • 2ND INNING
            • T. Ross Pitching:
            • M. Gonzalez: Ball, Strike looking, Gonzalez singled to center, Gonzalez out at second
            • D. Fisher: Strike looking, Fisher safe at first on 2nd baseman Odor fielding error
            • J. Davis: Davis grounded into double play third to second to first, Fisher out at second
            • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 1 Error)
            • M. Fiers Pitching:
            • J. Gallo: Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Gallo walked
            • C. Gomez: Ball, Gomez hit by pitch, Gallo to second
            • R. Odor: Strike looking, Strike (foul tip), Odor flied out to left
            • M. Napoli: Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Napoli struck out swinging
            • B. Nicholas: Ball, Strike swinging, Nicholas homered to right center, Gallo and Gomez scored
            • S. Choo: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Choo singled to right
            • E. Andrus: Andrus lined out to second
            • End of the 2nd (3 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 1ST INNING
            • T. Ross Pitching:
            • G. Springer: Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Springer walked
            • J. Reddick: Ball, Foul, Pickoff attempt, Reddick grounded bunt out to pitcher, Springer to second
            • J. Altuve: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Altuve walked
            • C. Beltran: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul tip, Beltran struck out on foul tip
            • A. Bregman: Strike looking, Bregman flied out to right
            • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • M. Fiers Pitching:
            • S. Choo: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Choo walked
            • E. Andrus: Strike looking, Foul, Strike looking, Andrus struck out looking
            • N. Mazara: Ball, Ball, Foul, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Foul, Ball, Mazara walked, Choo to second
            • A. Beltre: Strike looking, Ball, Strike (foul tip), Beltre grounded into double play shortstop to second to first, Mazara out at second
            • End of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)