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SportAstros' sweep makes it clear the Rangers are sellers

05:00  22 july  2019
05:00  22 july  2019 Source:   latimes.com

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HOUSTON - The Texas Rangers are making this easy for general manager Jon Daniels.

The Rangers' losing streak reached seven games Sunday afternoon as the Houston Astros completed a three-game sweep with a 5-3 win at Minute Maid Park.

Texas has been swept twice in its past two trips to Houston, including a four-game sweep in early May. Both have come after the Rangers started the season 4-2 against the Astros.

BOX SCORE: ASTROS 5, RANGERS 3

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But those good vibes are long gone. Texas is now just one game above .500 and has gone from a team in wild card contention and wondering whether it was buyers or sellers with the pending, July 31 trade deadline approaching to obvious sellers.

The Astros hit nine home runs and five doubles in the series, including two by Michael Brantley on Sunday. Brantley's two-run homer in the first against Lance Lynn got the scoring started. He later homered against Chris Martin in the eighth.

Lynn regrouped and retired 12 of the next 14 batters he faced, including 10 on strikeouts. But Jose Altuve's solo homer snapped that string in the fifth. Yordan Alvarez later drove in Alex Bregman in the inning to push Houston's lead to 4-1.

Lynn allowed four runs on seven hits and two walks. He tied a career high with 12 strikeouts.

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HOUSTON -- The Rangers are in last place in the American League West, they are in selling mode going into Mike Minor completed a terrific weekend of starting pitching for the Rangers , who secured a three-game sweep of the Astros with a 4-3 victory on Sunday afternoon at Minute Maid Park.

The Rangers organization made the choice not to swap series locations the Astros fans are brigading your game thread. Now while I don’t condone downvotes and think it ’s dumb, it ’s happened on both sides. I remember it happening In our sub last season.

Astros' sweep makes it clear the Rangers are sellers© Tim Warner/Getty Images North America/TNS Michael Brantley (23) of the Houston Astros congratulates Jose Altuve (27) after a home run in the fifth inning against the Texas Rangers on Sunday, July 21, 2019 at Minute Maid Park in Houston, Texas. Rangers hitters struck out 41 times in the series and lead the majors with 1,007.

Joey Gallo, who had an All-Star first half, has struggled since the break. In the three-game set against Houston, he was 0 for 12 with nine strikeouts, including four on Sunday. He's 3 for 30 with 17 strikeouts since the break.

But he's not the only one who is struggling. Nomar Mazara, who homered in the sixth, is 4 for 34 with three RBIs in his past nine games.

Rougned Odor is 3 for 29 with 13 strikeouts in his past eight games after showing signs of snapping out of a season-long offensive struggle. He's batting .189 for the season.

Texas starts a three-game series against the Mariners in Seattle on Monday before finishing the trip with four against the Athletics in Oakland.

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Archives|BASEBALL; Astros Sweep Cardinals, 5-4. campaign: nyt5_evergreen_0419_bar1 Scoring two runs in the seventh inning on a sacrifice fly by Glenn Davis and an error by the third baseman, Jose Oquendo, the Houston Astros rallied to a 5-4 victory today and a sweep of their Best Sellers .

The Rangers were motivated sellers . It could be argued that the rebuild has now bottomed out and that the Rangers ’ needle is modestly pointing upwards. RELATED -- Rangers stock report: Mike Minor is still a very attractive trade option; does it make sense to move on from Lance Lynn?

Visit the Fort Worth Star-Telegram at www.star-telegram.comAstros' sweep makes it clear the Rangers are sellers© Tim Warner/Getty Images North America/TNS Rougned Odor (12) of the Texas Rangers celebrates after a double play in the seventh inning as Jose Altuve (27) of the Houston Astros reacts on Sunday, July 21, 2019 at Minute Maid Park in Houston, Texas.

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