The series opener went to the Rangers, who will look for more success against their division rival when Nick Martinez opposes the Astros’ Brad Peacock on Tuesday night.
The Rangers have acquired left-handed reliever Joely Rodriguez from the Phillies for either a player to be named or cash considerations.
Outfielder Nomar Mazara and shortstop Elvis Andrus continue to spark the Rangers’ offense, but need more support to have a shot at starting the 2017 MLB All-Star Game presented by MasterCard, on July 11 in Miami.
The Rangers reinforced their Minor League catching depth in the third round of the 2017 MLB Draft, selecting Oral Roberts backstop Matt Whatley with their first pick of Day 2 on Tuesday.
The Rangers used the 26th overall pick of the 2017 MLB Draft to select outfielder Bubba Thompson from McGill-Toolen (Ala.) High School.
The Rangers stayed in the high school ranks and selected right-hander Hans Crouse of Dana Hills (Calif.) with their second-round pick.
The Rangers used the 29th overall pick of the 2017 MLB Draft to select shortstop Chris Seise from West Orange (Fla.) High School. He is the second high school position player drafted by the Rangers as they took outfielder Bubba Thompson with the 26th overall pick.
Right-hander Tyson Ross is ready to make his first start for the Rangers. Manager Jeff Banister has not decided which game it will be, but Ross is done with the rehabilitation process.
The Silver Boot Series returns to Minute Maid Park on Monday as the Astros and Rangers kick off their third series this season. Houston is expecting to have starter Joe Musgrove (4-4, 4.89 ERA) return from the disabled list to start against Rangers righty Yu Darvish (5-4, 3.18 ERA).
Elvis Andrus’ two-run triple highlighted a four-run eighth inning, which catapulted 32-year-old rookie righty Austin Bibens-Dirkx and the Rangers to a 5-1 victory over Max Scherzer and the Nationals on Sunday afternoon and a three-game sweep at Nationals Park.
The Austin Bibens-Dirkx Magical Mystery Tour continued through the nation’s capital Sunday afternoon, when the Rangers’ 32-year-old right-hander found himself in a taut pitching duel with a two-time Cy Young Award winner.