Corey Seager converted a wild pitch and scored the game-winning run in the seventh inning for the Texas Rangers, who snapped a nine-game losing streak with a 4-3 win over the League West-leading Houston Astros on Tuesday. American.
Framber Valdez (14-5) of the Astros had his 23rd consecutive masterful performance but had his six-game winning streak snapped. The left-hander gave up four runs, two earned, as well as six hits in 6 2/3 innings.
He gave up one walk, in addition to striking out 11.
The four runs Valdez allowed are the most since the four he gave up — including two earned — to the Marlins on June 11.
Valdez’s string of quality starts is the longest in the majors this season and the most since Jacob deGrom’s 26 straight from May 18, 2018 to April 3, 2019.
Texas regained the lead in the seventh after Seager, who reached base on an opponent’s error, scored on Valdez’s wild pitch with two out.
Taylor Hearn (6-7) went two scoreless innings and got the win. Jose Leclerc overcame a ninth-inning walk for his third save.
For the Astros, the Venezuelan José Altuve 4-1, one scored, one produced. Jeremy Pena 4-2. Cubans Yordan Álvarez 5-1 and Yuli Gurriel 4-0, one RBI. Puerto Ricans Martín Maldonado 2-0 and Christian Vázquez 1-0.
For the Rangers, the Cuban Adolis García 4-0. Dominicans Leody Taveras 4-2, one run scored, and Ezequiel Durán 4-1, one run scored, two RBIs.