Lynn gets MLB-best 12th win as Rangers beat Astros 5-0

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) Lance Lynn had more strikes thrown than words used postgame to describe his major league-best 12th victory, one that got the Texas Rangers off to the kind of start their manager had hoped for coming out of the All-Star break.

The short answers have become as common for the big right-hander as his impressive outings on the mound.

Lynn matched his season high with 11 strikeouts in seven strong innings and the Rangers beat the AL West-leading Houston Astros 5-0 in the only game Thursday night when Major League Baseball resumed its schedule.

''It was a good game. We scored runs, played good defense. They didn't score any runs, we won,'' Lynn said in one of his longer responses to five questions in his postgame talk with reporters that lasted about 75 seconds.

Lynn (12-4) won his fifth consecutive start, and is 8-1 over his last 11 starts. He scattered six hits (five singles and a double) and walked two while throwing 75 of 110 pitches for strikes.

''He's going to fill the zone up, keep everybody on their toes and try to get them to put the ball in play by throwing strikes,'' catcher Jeff Mathis said. ''That's what we've come to expect of him and he's been doing it lately.''

Houston (57-34) still has a seven-game division lead over Oakland, with the Rangers (49-42) eight games back in third place.

Astros lefty Framber Valdez (3-5) didn't make it out of the first inning, when Texas jumped ahead with four runs.

''We've seen this out of him,'' manager AJ Hinch said. ''The good version is really good. And the version that struggles, it's tough for him to manage innings and get out of innings.''

Lynn, who signed a $30 million, three-year free agent deal over the winter after pitching for Minnesota and the New York Yankees last year, is 8-0 in 10 home starts for the Rangers.

''He seems to be throwing harder this year,'' Astros right fielder Josh Reddick said. ''He's already got such a heavy fastball that gets on you pretty quick. And once you add a little more velo to that, it's going to be a little bit harder task.''

Lynn has thrown at least 100 pitches in 10 consecutive starts, the second-longest streak in the majors this season - Washington's Max Scherzer had 12 games in a row with at least 100 pitches until last month.

''That's something that he prides himself,'' manager Chris Woodward said. ''I don't consider him like most pitchers. He's got a lot of old school ... if he were pitching back in the 70s or 80s, he'd probably go 170 pitches. That's just his mentality.''

Jose Leclerc and Chris Martin each pitched an inning to wrap up the fourth shutout for the Rangers this season. It was the sixth time Houston was held scoreless.

Texas was up 1-0 before sluggers Nomar Mazara and All-Star outfielder Joey Gallo had strange hits. Mazara had an infield single when the ball spun off his shattered bat at 44 mph and barely got past the mound, then Gallo drove in a run with a double that ricocheted hard off second baseman Jose Altuve and never got out of the infield.

Rougned Odor, still hitting .198, made it 4-0 when he drove in two runs with the first of his two doubles. Odor doubled again in the third, and then scored on a single by Jeff Mathis.

TKO TO CHIN

Astros shortstop Alex Bregman left with a lacerated chin after a groundball took a nasty hop and hit the All-Star just below the mouth in the third inning. Bregman was shifted toward the middle of the infield when he went to field a grounder hit by Shin-Soo Choo.

''It sounds like he got four stiches in his chin. He was bleeding when I got out there,'' Hinch said. ''I'm sure it hurt.''

TRAINER'S ROOM

Astros: RHPs Brad Peacock and Joe Smith threw in rehab games for Double-A Corpus Christi at nearby Frisco before joining the Astros for their first series after the All-Star break. Both could be activated soon.

Rangers: Hunter Pence, out since June 17 (right groin strain), started a rehab assignment by going 0 for 3 with a walk as the DH for Double-A Frisco. Manager Chris Woodward said Pence, who didn't get to play in the All-Star Game after being voted in as the AL starting DH, would probably have another game at Frisco.

UP NEXT

Astros All-Star right-hander Gerrit Cole (9-5), who has won his last five decisions and leads the AL with 170 strikeouts, is 1-2 with a 6.61 ERA in three starts this year against Texas. He still has 29 strikeouts over 16 1/3 innings. Jesse Chavez (3-4, 3.30) makes his fourth start since moving from the Rangers bullpen to their rotation. It will be his 38th appearance overall this season.

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    BATTING
    • 2B - G. Springer (11)
    • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - J. Altuve, M. Brantley 2 (2), Y. Alvarez 2 (2), R. Chirinos 3 (3)
    BATTING
    • 2B - D. DeShields (9), J. Gallo (15), R. Odor 2 (16)
    • RBI - E. Andrus (46), J. Gallo (47), R. Odor 2 (49), J. Mathis (9)
    • 2-Out RBI - R. Odor 2 (20)
    • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - S. Choo 3 (3), E. Andrus 3 (3), N. Mazara, J. Gallo, A. Cabrera
    FIELDING
    • DP - (Straw-White)
    FIELDING
    • DP - (Guzman-Andrus)
    • PB - J. Mathis (4)
    PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
    F. Valdez (L, 3-5)0.24443005.281.50-16.0
    C. Devenski1.11000004.541.292.0
    C. Sneed5.06111704.091.3610.5
    J. James1.00000105.121.363.5
    PITCHERSIP
    F. Valdez (L, 3-5)0.2
    C. Devenski1.1
    C. Sneed5.0
    J. James1.0
    PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
    L. Lynn (W, 12-4)7.060021103.691.2128.5
    J. Leclerc1.01000004.541.322.0
    C. Martin1.00000103.060.963.5
    PITCHERSIP
    L. Lynn (W, 12-4)7.0
    J. Leclerc1.0
    C. Martin1.0
    PITCHING
    • Pitches-Strikes - F. Valdez 28-12, C. Devenski 16-13, C. Sneed 83-58, J. James 7-5
    • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - F. Valdez 2-0, C. Devenski 3-1, C. Sneed 3-4
    • Batters Faced - F. Valdez 9, C. Devenski 5, C. Sneed 21, J. James 3
    PITCHING
    • Pitches-Strikes - L. Lynn 110-75, J. Leclerc 14-9, C. Martin 15-10
    • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - L. Lynn 4-6, J. Leclerc 1-1, C. Martin 1-1
    • Batters Faced - L. Lynn 29, J. Leclerc 3, C. Martin 3
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    M. Straw SS20100011.296.406.370.7770.5
    M. Brantley LF40100013.323.381.507.8880.5
    Y. Alvarez DH40100023.338.407.7011.1080.0
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      BATTING
      • 2B - G. Springer (11)
      • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - J. Altuve, M. Brantley 2 (2), Y. Alvarez 2 (2), R. Chirinos 3 (3)
      BATTING
      • 2B - D. DeShields (9), J. Gallo (15), R. Odor 2 (16)
      • RBI - E. Andrus (46), J. Gallo (47), R. Odor 2 (49), J. Mathis (9)
      • 2-Out RBI - R. Odor 2 (20)
      • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - S. Choo 3 (3), E. Andrus 3 (3), N. Mazara, J. Gallo, A. Cabrera
      FIELDING
      • DP - (Straw-White)
      FIELDING
      • DP - (Guzman-Andrus)
      • PB - J. Mathis (4)
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      F. Valdez (L, 3-5)0.24443005.281.50-16.0
      C. Devenski1.11000004.541.292.0
      C. Sneed5.06111704.091.3610.5
      J. James1.00000105.121.363.5
      Total8.01155480---
      PITCHERSIP
      F. Valdez (L, 3-5)0.2
      C. Devenski1.1
      C. Sneed5.0
      J. James1.0
      Total8.0
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      L. Lynn (W, 12-4)7.060021103.691.2128.5
      J. Leclerc1.01000004.541.322.0
      C. Martin1.00000103.060.963.5
      Total9.07002120---
      PITCHERSIP
      L. Lynn (W, 12-4)7.0
      J. Leclerc1.0
      C. Martin1.0
      Total9.0
      PITCHING
      • Pitches-Strikes - F. Valdez 28-12, C. Devenski 16-13, C. Sneed 83-58, J. James 7-5
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - F. Valdez 2-0, C. Devenski 3-1, C. Sneed 3-4
      • Batters Faced - F. Valdez 9, C. Devenski 5, C. Sneed 21, J. James 3
      PITCHING
      • Pitches-Strikes - L. Lynn 110-75, J. Leclerc 14-9, C. Martin 15-10
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - L. Lynn 4-6, J. Leclerc 1-1, C. Martin 1-1
      • Batters Faced - L. Lynn 29, J. Leclerc 3, C. Martin 3
      • 3RD INNING
        Mathis singled to left, Odor scored, Cabrera to second05
      • 1ST INNING
        Odor doubled to deep right, Gallo and Santana scored04
        Gallo doubled to shallow right, DeShields scored, Mazara to third02
        Andrus grounded out to shortstop, Choo scored01
      • 9TH INNING
        • Chris Martin relieved Jose Leclerc
        • Y. Gurriel: Ball, Foul, Ball, Gurriel fouled out to catcher
        • J. Reddick: Foul, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Reddick struck out swinging
        • Tony Kemp hit for Tyler White
        • T. Kemp: Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Kemp grounded out to shortstop
        • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 8TH INNING
        • Ronald Guzman at first base
        • Jose Leclerc relieved Lance Lynn
        • M. Straw: Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Foul, Straw singled to left
        • M. Brantley: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Brantley flied out to deep left
        • Y. Alvarez: Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Alvarez grounded into double play first to shortstop, Straw out at second
        • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • Josh James relieved Cy Sneed
        • J. Mathis: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Mathis struck out swinging
        • S. Choo: Ball, Ball, Choo flied out to deep left
        • D. DeShields: DeShields flied out to deep right
        • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 7TH INNING
        • L. Lynn Pitching:
        • T. White: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, White struck out swinging
        • R. Chirinos: Chirinos lined out to left
        • G. Springer: Ball, Foul, Springer doubled to left center
        • J. Altuve: Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Altuve flied out to deep center
        • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • C. Sneed Pitching:
        • J. Gallo: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Gallo struck out swinging
        • D. Santana: Strike swinging, Santana singled to left
        • R. Odor: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Odor struck out swinging
        • A. Cabrera: Ball, Foul, Foul, Cabrera grounded out to first
        • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 6TH INNING
        • L. Lynn Pitching:
        • Y. Alvarez: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Alvarez struck out swinging
        • Y. Gurriel: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Gurriel grounded out to third
        • J. Reddick: Strike looking, Reddick grounded out to first
        • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • C. Sneed Pitching:
        • S. Choo: Ball, Foul, Choo singled to center
        • D. DeShields: Ball, Foul, Foul, DeShields flied out to right
        • E. Andrus: Ball, Foul, Andrus lined out to center
        • N. Mazara: Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Mazara struck out swinging
        • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 5TH INNING
        • L. Lynn Pitching:
        • G. Springer: Strike looking, Springer singled to shallow right
        • J. Altuve: Foul, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Altuve struck out swinging
        • M. Straw: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Straw struck out looking
        • M. Brantley: Foul, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Brantley popped out to shortstop
        • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • C. Sneed Pitching:
        • R. Odor: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Odor walked
        • A. Cabrera: Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Cabrera lined into double play shortstop to first, Odor out at first
        • J. Mathis: Strike looking, Foul, Mathis flied out to deep center
        • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 4TH INNING
        • L. Lynn Pitching:
        • Y. Gurriel: Gurriel popped out to catcher
        • J. Reddick: Strike looking, Reddick singled to right center
        • T. White: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike looking, White struck out looking
        • R. Chirinos: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Chirinos struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • C. Sneed Pitching:
        • N. Mazara: Strike looking, Ball, Mazara grounded out to shortstop
        • J. Gallo: Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Gallo struck out looking
        • D. Santana: Foul, Ball, Ball, Santana grounded out to third
        • End of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 3RD INNING
        • L. Lynn Pitching:
        • G. Springer: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Springer struck out swinging
        • J. Altuve: Altuve flied out to center
        • A. Bregman: Strike looking, Bregman singled to right
        • M. Brantley: Foul, Brantley singled to right, Bregman to third
        • Y. Alvarez: Foul, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Alvarez struck out looking
        • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • Cy Sneed relieved Chris Devenski
        • D. Santana: Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Foul tip, Santana struck out on foul tip
        • R. Odor: Ball, Odor doubled to deep left
        • A. Cabrera: Strike looking, Cabrera singled to right, Odor to third
        • J. Mathis: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Mathis singled to left, Odor scored, Cabrera to second
        • S. Choo: Strike looking, Ball, Choo reached on an infield single to second, Cabrera to third, Mathis to second
        • Myles Straw at shortstop
        • D. DeShields: Foul, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, DeShields struck out swinging
        • E. Andrus: Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Foul, Strike looking, Andrus struck out looking
        • End of the 3rd (1 Run, 4 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 2ND INNING
        • L. Lynn Pitching:
        • Y. Alvarez: Strike looking, Alvarez singled to left center
        • Y. Gurriel: Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Gurriel lined out to center
        • J. Reddick: Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Reddick walked, Alvarez to second
        • T. White: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, White struck out swinging
        • R. Chirinos: Foul, Strike swinging, Ball, Alvarez to third, Reddick to second on passed ball, Strike swinging, Chirinos struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • C. Devenski Pitching:
        • D. DeShields: Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, DeShields grounded out to third
        • E. Andrus: Strike looking, Andrus singled to left
        • N. Mazara: Ball, Mazara flied out to left
        • J. Gallo: Strike looking, Pickoff attempt, Foul, Pickoff attempt, Pickoff attempt, Gallo grounded out to pitcher
        • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 1ST INNING
        • L. Lynn Pitching:
        • G. Springer: Springer grounded out to third
        • J. Altuve: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Altuve grounded out to shortstop
        • A. Bregman: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Bregman walked
        • M. Brantley: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Brantley struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • F. Valdez Pitching:
        • S. Choo: Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Choo walked
        • D. DeShields: DeShields doubled to deep left, Choo to third
        • E. Andrus: Ball, Ball, Andrus grounded out to shortstop, Choo scored
        • N. Mazara: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Mazara reached on an infield single to second, DeShields to third
        • J. Gallo: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Gallo doubled to shallow right, DeShields scored, Mazara to third
        • D. Santana: Santana reached on fielder's choice to shortstop, Mazara out at home, Gallo to third, Santana to second
        • R. Odor: Odor doubled to deep right, Gallo and Santana scored
        • A. Cabrera: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Cabrera walked
        • J. Mathis: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Mathis walked, Odor to third, Cabrera to second
        • Chris Devenski relieved Framber Valdez
        • S. Choo: Strike swinging, Ball, Choo grounded out to second
        • End of the 1st (4 Runs, 4 Hits, 0 Errors)