Texas Rangers sweep Houston Astros

Bring out your brooms. The Texas Rangers sweep one in Houston.
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By Alex Al-Kazzaz

After a very rough first month of the 2015 season, the Texas Rangers finally won a series. The Rangers earned their first series win by defeating the Houston Astros 7-1 Tuesday night.

It only got better for the Rangers Wednesday night as they went on to sweep their in-state rivals. Until today, the Texas Rangers hadn’t swept a team since they swept the Oakland Athletics in September of last season. The Rangers’ three game winning streak is their longest streak of the season. The Texas Rangers are on a season high three-game winning streak.

Rangers Center Fielder Leonys Martin missed his second straight game tonight as he is dealing with an apparent wrist injury. Martin was pulled out of Monday’s game after his wrist had bent in an unusual way as he was going for a catch. He was replaced by Delino DeShields and it’s unsure how serious his injury is and how long he could be out.

The Astros were coming into the series on a ten-game winning streak, a very powerful offense, but their momentum had completely disappeared when they allowed two unanswered runs in eighth and ninth innings in game 1, and getting clobbered in games two and three. The momentum seemed to have gone to the Rangers as they outscored the Astros 20-5, with Shin-S00 Choo playing a whole lot better, and with the Rangers pitching improving significantly.

Colby Lewis was on the mound for the Rangers Wednesday, and had his best performance so far this year pitching eight innings allowing only one run with six hits and six strike-outs.

The Rangers, 11-16, will be taking on the Tampa Bay Rays in a four-game series in Tampa. Game one is tomorrow night and Nick Martinez will be on the mound for the Rangers. The Rangers will look to increase their winning streak to four straight.