Houston faced Yu Darvish for the fourth time in 2013, and like the first three, the Astros were unable to come away with a win against the Rangers, losing 3-2.
Darvish continued his mastery over Houston by pitching six innings and earning the win.
The loss was number 107 for the Astros this season, equaling the franchise record set a year ago. The loss also extended the team’s season-long losing streak to 11 games.
Brad Peacock didn’t pitch badly against the Rangers and kept the Astros close throughout his start. The right-hander pitched six innings for the Astros, giving up three runs on six hits. He walked one and struck out seven. Peacock gave up single runs in the fourth, fifth and sixth innings.
In the fourth it was a one-out walk to Rangers third baseman Adrian Beltre that did him in. The Rangers moved him over on a ground ball and then drove him home with a Geovany Soto single.
In the fifth it was a leadoff single by Craig Gentry that got the Rangers started off Peacock. A sacrifice got Gentry to second and then an Ian Kinsler single brought him home.
In the sixth, Beltre broke a 2-2 tie with a solo home run to left field.
Kevin Chapman and Josh Zeid combined to pitch two scoreless innings in relief of Peacock, giving up a pair of hits and walking none.
Zeid did hit Beltre in the ninth inning with a runner on third and one out but pitched out the jam, getting A.J. Pierzynski to ground into a 4-6-3 double-play.
It might be an understatement to say the Astros hitters have had their struggles with Darvish this year. But even with that backdrop the team was able to push across a run in the top of the first. Jose Altuve singled with one out and both Marc Krauss and Matt Dominguez followed that hit up with walks. Chris Carter hit a fly ball to deep left field to score Altuve.
Matt Dominguez provided the Astros other offense, blasting a solo home run off the left-field foul pole to briefly tie the game at two in the sixth inning.
Once Darvish left the game, the Astros threatened to tie the game a couple of times. Brandon Barnes led off the seventh inning with a single and advanced to second on a wild pitch, but Jonathan Villar struck out, Jose Altuve flied out to right field and Krauss struck out to end the threat.
In the eighth Trevor Crowe walked with two outs and advanced to third on a Brandon Laird single to left but Carlos Corporan flied out to shallow center field for the third out.
As a team the Astros managed six hits in the game. Altuve led the Astros with two hits.
The Astros last game against the Rangers and their final road game of the season. The two teams square off . Dallas Keuchel (6-9, 4.99 ERA) gets the nod for the Astros against Martin Perez (9-5, 3.54 ERA) for the Rangers. First pitch is scheduled for 7:05, coverage begins on CSN Houston with Astros Pregame Live at 6:30.