Rangers finish off four-game sweep of Astros

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The Rangers completed a four-game sweep of the Astros with an 8-2 victory tonight in Arlington. After entering the series down 1 1/2 games to the Astros in the American League West, the Rangers now lead the division by 2 1/2 games. What a turn of events.

The Rangers grabbed an early lead tonight when Mitch Moreland connected for a three-run homer off Lance McCullers in the third inning. The Astros fought back with two runs in the fourth inning, but the Rangers pulled away with two in the seventh and three in the eighth to put the game out of reach.

Colby Lewis allowed two runs over six innings in the victory. Shin-Soo Choo, who has been rejuvenated in the second half, went 4-for-5 with two RBI and two runs scored.

The Rangers outscored the Astros 33-13 during the series. Tonight’s loss capped a nightmare road trip for the Astros, who went 2-8. They’ll head home now for nine games as they try to get back on track. The Astros currently have the second Wild Card spot in the American League.

The Rangers (79-67) have 16 games to play while the Astros (77-70) have 15 games remaining.