Hamels shines in Rangers' 1-0 win over Astros; Springer hurt

HOUSTON (AP) Texas Rangers manager Jeff Banister said there was a noticeable edge to starter Cole Hamels when he took the mound on Friday night against the Houston Astros and that he ''had that face.''

Hamels put his early season woes behind him, allowing just one hit over six innings to narrowly outduel Justin Verlander in a 1-0 win over the Astros.

Hamels (2-4) acknowledged that he did put extra pressure on himself to right the ship for the Rangers, who entered the day 15-24 at the bottom of the AL West standings.

''The situation of what's going on, what we're trying to accomplish and what we haven't been able to accomplish -- a lot of it starts from the top with the veteran guys,'' Hamels said. ''It starts from the first moment of the series, and when you're playing a team like Houston, you definitely have to bring your A-game.''

He cruised through the first four innings without allowing a hit before Evan Gattis led off the fifth with a single that dribbled between third base and shortstop into left field.

Hamels allowed six baserunners - one hit, three walks and two hit batters - while striking out five. He entered the game having lost six of his previous seven decisions. Keone Kela earned his eighth save of the season, walking one in the ninth.

''We chased a little bit in, but he did threaten us in a little bit,'' Astros manager A.J. Hinch said. ''Tonight was a little bit of a different game plan than he has had before and a little velocity spike. We just couldn't get anything going.''

Astros outfielder George Springer left the game in the fourth inning after being hit by a 92 mph fastball from Hamels on his left elbow and was on the ground for nearly two minutes as Houston's medical staff attended to him. Springer finished the inning as a baserunner but was replaced in center field in the top of the fourth by Jake Marisnick. He is day to day with an elbow bruise. X-rays were negative, Hinch said.

''I had no intentions of coming out,'' Springer said. ''I don't like to do that. I believe if my arm is attached, I can still play.''

The Rangers finally got to Verlander (4-2) in the seventh. Nomar Mazara hit a leadoff double and Adrian Beltre and Joey Gallo drew consecutive walks to load the bases. Hinch brought in right-handed reliever Chris Devenski, who allowed Jurickson Profar's sacrifice fly before striking out the next two batters to escape the inning without further damage.

In six innings, Verlander allowed three hits and one run while striking out seven. The Astros have mustered one run or less in three of Verlander's nine starts so far this season.

''You can't let yourself get frustrated as a starting pitcher with run support -- a lot of run support, a little run support -- you have to go out there and do your job,'' Verlander said. ''It's easy enough to get frustrated, and I think the one thing you have to do is stay positive. Do you want to win? Yeah. Do I want to win? Yeah. I feel like I help my team the most when I get a win, but the most you can do is go out there and keep your teams in ballgames, and I think you have to take a lot of pride in doing that.''

TRAINER'S ROOM

Rangers: C Robinson Chirinos said before Friday's game that he's still dealing with inflammation and soreness in his left wrist, but that is has improved in recent days. Chirinos was out of the lineup Tuesday and Wednesday and received an injection on Tuesday to help relieve the pain.

ONE-HIT WONDERS

The last time the Astros were one-hit was Aug. 20, 2015 against Tampa Bay. The last time Hamels allowed just one hit was May 6, 2016 at Detroit.

HE SAID IT

''That was two big-time pitchers tonight. If you love pitching, tonight was definitely the night to tune in.'' - Rangers manager Jeff Banister

N��EZ DESIGNATED FOR ASSIGNMENT

To make room on the roster for Rougned Odor, the Rangers designated infielder/outfielder Renato N��ez for assignment on Friday. N��ez batted .167 (6-36) with one home run and 2 RBI in 13 games for Texas after he was received on a waiver claim from the Oakland Athletics on Apr. 15. He committed two errors at third base in his last game with the Rangers in a 5-4 win over Detroit on Wednesday, going 1-for-3 with two strikeouts. The Rangers have seven days to trade, release, or outright N��ez to the minor leagues.

UP NEXT

Rangers: Doug Fister (1-3, 4.02 ERA) is 0-1 with a 4.08 ERA since returning from the disabled list on April 25 with a right hip strain. Fister held Houston to four hits and one run in five innings of a 5-1 win in his Rangers debut on March 30.

Astros: Charlie Morton (4-0, 2.16 ERA) looks to improve to stay undefeated. In his first start against Texas this season, Morton allowed six hits and two runs in six innings but did not factor in the decision of Houston's 6-5 loss.

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    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
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    J. Altuve 2B40000004.323.379.429.8070.0
    C. Correa SS20000212.292.370.489.8591.5
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    E. Gattis DH30100011.196.264.278.5430.5
    J. Reddick RF20000111.228.341.404.7440.5
    • a-struck out for Marisnick in the 8th
    BATTING
    • 2B - N. Mazara (7), J. Profar (8)
    • SF - J. Profar
    • RBI - J. Profar (15)
    BASERUNNING
    • CS - D. DeShields (2)
    BASERUNNING
    • SB - M. Gonzalez
    FIELDING
    • DP - 2 (Profar-Odor-Guzman; Profar-Odor-Guzman)
    • E - A. Beltre (5)
    FIELDING
    • E - B. McCann
    PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
    C. Hamels (W, 2-4)6.01003503.481.2826.5
    J. Diekman (H, 5)1.00001103.861.572.5
    J. Leclerc (H, 2)1.00000102.030.753.5
    K. Kela (S, 8)1.00001104.801.339.5
    PITCHERSIP
    C. Hamels (W, 2-4)6.0
    J. Diekman (H, 5)1.0
    J. Leclerc (H, 2)1.0
    K. Kela (S, 8)1.0
    PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
    J. Verlander (L, 4-2)6.03112701.210.7213.5
    C. Devenski1.00000201.130.814.0
    C. McHugh0.12000000.660.95-2.0
    T. Sipp0.20000105.141.290.5
    H. Rondon1.00000101.931.073.5
    PITCHERSIP
    J. Verlander (L, 4-2)6.0
    C. Devenski1.0
    C. McHugh0.1
    T. Sipp0.2
    H. Rondon1.0
    PITCHING
    • HBP - C. Hamels 2 (7)
    • Pitches-Strikes - C. Hamels 100-62, J. Diekman 18-8, J. Leclerc 12-8, K. Kela 17-10
    • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - C. Hamels 7-5, J. Diekman 1-1, K. Kela 1-1
    • Batters Faced - C. Hamels 23, J. Diekman 4, J. Leclerc 3, K. Kela 4
    PITCHING
    • WP - T. Sipp
    • Pitches-Strikes - J. Verlander 101-71, C. Devenski 12-10, C. McHugh 10-7, T. Sipp 8-5, H. Rondon 12-8
    • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Verlander 4-7, H. Rondon 2-0
    • Batters Faced - J. Verlander 23, C. Devenski 3, C. McHugh 3, T. Sipp, H. Rondon 3
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    S. Choo DH40100010.245.324.404.7280.5
    N. Mazara RF41200011.299.360.551.9113.5
    A. Beltre 3B30000121.323.381.438.8180.0
    J. Gallo LF30000100.208.292.493.7851.0
    J. Profar SS30110000.223.313.384.6963.0
    R. Odor 2B30000023.189.279.243.522-1.0
    R. Chirinos C30000033.180.252.420.672-1.5
    R. Guzman 1B30000020.200.253.329.582-1.0
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      HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
      G. Springer CF00000100.296.363.506.8692.0
      J. Marisnick CF10000001.148.159.296.4550.0
      a- D. Fisher PH-CF10000011.190.224.476.700-0.5
      J. Altuve 2B40000004.323.379.429.8070.0
      C. Correa SS20000212.292.370.489.8591.5
      Y. Gurriel 1B40000012.273.312.394.706-0.5
      A. Bregman 3B20000101.255.372.393.7652.0
      M. Gonzalez LF40000012.240.324.349.6731.5
      B. McCann C40000023.250.371.363.734-1.0
      E. Gattis DH30100011.196.264.278.5430.5
      J. Reddick RF20000111.228.341.404.7440.5
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      • a-struck out for Marisnick in the 8th
      BATTING
      • 2B - N. Mazara (7), J. Profar (8)
      • SF - J. Profar
      • RBI - J. Profar (15)
      BASERUNNING
      • CS - D. DeShields (2)
      BASERUNNING
      • SB - M. Gonzalez
      FIELDING
      • DP - 2 (Profar-Odor-Guzman; Profar-Odor-Guzman)
      • E - A. Beltre (5)
      FIELDING
      • E - B. McCann
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      C. Hamels (W, 2-4)6.01003503.481.2826.5
      J. Diekman (H, 5)1.00001103.861.572.5
      J. Leclerc (H, 2)1.00000102.030.753.5
      K. Kela (S, 8)1.00001104.801.339.5
      Total9.0100580---
      PITCHERSIP
      C. Hamels (W, 2-4)6.0
      J. Diekman (H, 5)1.0
      J. Leclerc (H, 2)1.0
      K. Kela (S, 8)1.0
      Total9.0
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      J. Verlander (L, 4-2)6.03112701.210.7213.5
      C. Devenski1.00000201.130.814.0
      C. McHugh0.12000000.660.95-2.0
      T. Sipp0.20000105.141.290.5
      H. Rondon1.00000101.931.073.5
      Total9.05112110---
      PITCHERSIP
      J. Verlander (L, 4-2)6.0
      C. Devenski1.0
      C. McHugh0.1
      T. Sipp0.2
      H. Rondon1.0
      Total9.0
      PITCHING
      • HBP - C. Hamels 2 (7)
      • Pitches-Strikes - C. Hamels 100-62, J. Diekman 18-8, J. Leclerc 12-8, K. Kela 17-10
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - C. Hamels 7-5, J. Diekman 1-1, K. Kela 1-1
      • Batters Faced - C. Hamels 23, J. Diekman 4, J. Leclerc 3, K. Kela 4
      PITCHING
      • WP - T. Sipp
      • Pitches-Strikes - J. Verlander 101-71, C. Devenski 12-10, C. McHugh 10-7, T. Sipp 8-5, H. Rondon 12-8
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Verlander 4-7, H. Rondon 2-0
      • Batters Faced - J. Verlander 23, C. Devenski 3, C. McHugh 3, T. Sipp, H. Rondon 3
      • 7TH INNING
        Profar hit sacrifice fly to left, Mazara scored10
      • 9TH INNING
        • Hector Rondon relieved Tony Sipp
        • A. Beltre: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Beltre struck out swinging
        • J. Gallo: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Gallo grounded out to third
        • J. Profar: Ball, Strike looking, Strike (foul tip), Ball, Profar grounded out to second
        • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • Keone Kela relieved Jose Leclerc
        • Y. Gurriel: Gurriel grounded out to third
        • A. Bregman: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Bregman walked
        • M. Gonzalez: Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Gonzalez struck out swinging
        • B. McCann: Pickoff attempt, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, McCann flied out to left
        • End of the 9th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 8TH INNING
        • Collin McHugh relieved Chris Devenski
        • R. Guzman: Ball, Guzman flied out to center
        • D. DeShields: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Foul, DeShields singled to left
        • S. Choo: Ball, Choo singled to center, DeShields to second
        • Tony Sipp relieved Collin McHugh
        • N. Mazara: Ball, Ball, DeShields caught stealing, catcher to third Choo to second, Ball, Choo to third on wild pitch, Strike swinging, Foul on catcher McCann dropped ball error, Foul, Foul, Strike looking, Mazara struck out looking
        • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 1 Error)
        • J. Diekman Pitching:
        • J. Reddick: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Reddick walked
        • Jose Leclerc relieved Jake Diekman
        • Derek Fisher hit for Jake Marisnick
        • D. Fisher: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Fisher struck out swinging
        • J. Altuve: Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Altuve flied out to deep center, Reddick to second
        • C. Correa: Strike looking, Ball, Correa popped out to first
        • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 7TH INNING
        • J. Verlander Pitching:
        • N. Mazara: Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Mazara doubled to deep right
        • A. Beltre: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Beltre walked
        • J. Gallo: Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Gallo walked, Mazara to third, Beltre to second
        • Chris Devenski relieved Justin Verlander
        • J. Profar: Strike swinging, Strike (foul tip), Profar hit sacrifice fly to left, Mazara scored
        • R. Odor: Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Odor struck out looking
        • R. Chirinos: Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Chirinos struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 7th (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • Jake Diekman relieved Cole Hamels
        • M. Gonzalez: Ball, Ball, Gonzalez grounded out to shortstop
        • B. McCann: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, McCann struck out looking
        • E. Gattis: Ball, Gattis lined out to center
        • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 6TH INNING
        • J. Verlander Pitching:
        • R. Guzman: Strike looking, Strike (foul tip), Foul, Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Guzman struck out looking
        • D. DeShields: Ball, DeShields flied out to center
        • S. Choo: Ball, Strike looking, Choo grounded out to second
        • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • C. Hamels Pitching:
        • C. Correa: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Correa walked
        • Y. Gurriel: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Gurriel flied out to center
        • A. Bregman: Ball, Foul, Ball, Bregman grounded into double play shortstop to second to first, Correa out at second
        • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 5TH INNING
        • J. Verlander Pitching:
        • J. Gallo: Strike swinging, Strike looking, Ball, Gallo lined out to right
        • J. Profar: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Profar doubled to right
        • R. Odor: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Strike swinging, Odor struck out swinging
        • R. Chirinos: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Strike looking, Chirinos struck out looking
        • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • C. Hamels Pitching:
        • E. Gattis: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Gattis singled to left
        • J. Reddick: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Reddick struck out swinging
        • J. Marisnick: Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Marisnick grounded out to pitcher, Gattis to second
        • J. Altuve: Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Altuve flied out to deep right
        • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 4TH INNING
        • Jake Marisnick in center
        • S. Choo: Ball, Strike looking, Choo flied out to deep center
        • N. Mazara: Ball, Ball, Mazara popped out to third
        • A. Beltre: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Beltre struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • C. Hamels Pitching:
        • Y. Gurriel: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Gurriel grounded out to pitcher
        • A. Bregman: Strike looking, Ball, Bregman grounded out to pitcher
        • M. Gonzalez: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Gonzalez safe at first on 3rd baseman Beltre fielding error
        • B. McCann: Strike looking, Strike looking, Gonzalez stole second, Ball, Strike swinging, McCann struck out swinging
        • End of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 1 Error)
      • 3RD INNING
        • J. Verlander Pitching:
        • R. Chirinos: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Chirinos struck out swinging
        • R. Guzman: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul tip, Guzman struck out on foul tip
        • D. DeShields: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, DeShields fouled out to right
        • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • C. Hamels Pitching:
        • J. Reddick: Reddick lined out to first
        • G. Springer: Ball, Springer hit by pitch
        • J. Altuve: Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Altuve flied out to left
        • C. Correa: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Correa struck out swinging
        • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 2ND INNING
        • J. Verlander Pitching:
        • J. Gallo: Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Gallo grounded out to shortstop
        • J. Profar: Foul, Foul, Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Profar lined out to center
        • R. Odor: Strike looking, Strike looking, Odor grounded out to shortstop
        • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • C. Hamels Pitching:
        • A. Bregman: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Bregman hit by pitch
        • M. Gonzalez: Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Gonzalez reached on fielder's choice to shortstop, Bregman out at second
        • B. McCann: Foul, McCann lined out to right
        • E. Gattis: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Gattis struck out swinging
        • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 1ST INNING
        • J. Verlander Pitching:
        • D. DeShields: Strike looking, Strike looking, DeShields lined out to pitcher
        • S. Choo: Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Choo struck out swinging
        • N. Mazara: Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Mazara singled to left
        • A. Beltre: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Beltre grounded out to third
        • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • C. Hamels Pitching:
        • G. Springer: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Springer walked
        • J. Altuve: Altuve grounded into double play shortstop to second to first, Springer out at second
        • C. Correa: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Correa walked
        • Y. Gurriel: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Strike looking, Gurriel struck out looking
        • End of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)