ARLINGTON, Texas – Guilder Rodriguez had his first two major league hits, including a tiebreaking RBI single, as the Texas Rangers opened their final homestand with a 4-3 victory over the Houston Astros on Monday night.
Rougned Odor had a three-run triple for Texas , which won for the ninth time in its last 10 games. The Rangers got win No. 63 overall, ensuring that they will avoid their first 100-loss season since 1973.
The 31-year-old Rodriguez made his major league debut two weeks ago, when the switch-hitting utility infielder was called up after 13 seasons and 1,095 games in the minors, then the most by any current player before finally getting to the majors.
Rodriguez got his first major league RBI in the seventh, his two-out single sending home Jake Smolinski and chasing Astros starter Nick Tropeano (1-2). Smolinski was hit by a pitch to start the inning.