Four-game win streak comes to close

Austin American-Statesman - - SPORTS - Amer­i­can-States­man Staff

Bryan Ro­driguez tossed a five-hit shutout, lead­ing the El Paso Chi­huahuas to a 4-0 Pa­cific Coast League win over the Round Rock Ex­press on Tues­day.

Wil­lie Cal­houn made his de­but with the Ex­press (5060) af­ter be­ing ac­quired by the Texas Rangers in a trade for Yu Darvish. The sec­ond base­man went 0 for 4. He played in left field Tues­day and, de­spite his per­for­mance at the plate, he’s bat­ting .294 with 23 homers, 67 RBIs and 52 ex­tra-base hits. The 22-year-old from Cal­i­for­nia bat­ted third in the lineup.

The El Paso win pre­vented a sweep and halted a fourgame win­ning streak for the Ex­press.

Ro­driguez (5-7) struck out three and didn’t al­low a walk to pick up the win.

In the third in­ning, El Paso (53-57) went up 1-0 on a sin­gle by Chase d’Ar­naud that scored Pe­ter Van Gansen. The Chi­huahuas scored again in the fifth when d’Ar­naud hit a two-run sin­gle and scored on a dou­ble by Chris­tian Vil­lanueva. The Chi­huahuas had four ex­tra-base hits in the game.

Round Rock’s James Dyk­stra (1-6) went five in­nings, al­low­ing four runs and seven hits. He struck out three and walked two. Af­ter he ex­ited, the Ex­press bullpen al­lowed just one more hit.

The Ex­press were held score­less for the sev­enth time this sea­son, while the Chi­huahuas recorded their fourth shutout.

Jared Hoy­ing had two hits, dou­bled and stole a base for the Ex­press.

As Evan Lon­go­ria stood at third base af­ter a triple in the third in­ning fol­low­ing his first-in­ning homer, Hous­ton’s Alex Breg­man sug­gested that he might be on his way to hit­ting for the cy­cle af­ter get­ting the two tough­est hits early. Tampa Bay’s third base­man shrugged him off with “there’s a long way to go” and went about his business.

It turns out Breg­man was right. Lon­go­ria be­came the sec­ond Tampa Bay player to hit for the cy­cle on a night he drove in three runs to lead the Rays over the Astros 6-4.

He was a dou­ble shy be­fore he came to the plate with two outs in the ninth and laced a laser to left field. Lon­go­ria dashed to sec­ond base and slid in to avoid the tag. He was ini­tially ruled out, but the call was over­turned af­ter a crew chief re­view. Lon­go­ria joined Melvin (then known as B.J.) Up­ton as the only Rays to achieve the cy­cle.

“When I hit it I just put my head down and was run­ning as hard as I could,” Lon­go­ria said. “I felt like I was safe ini­tially and I was just hop­ing that the re­view showed that.”

Lo­gan Mor­ri­son hit a solo homer and had two RBIs as the Rays bounced back af­ter los­ing Mon­day’s opener 14-7. Lu­cas Duda sin­gled with one out in the first be­fore Lon­go­ria launched his tow­er­ing homer off Mike Fiers (7-6) to make it 2-0. Mor­ri­son’s 27th homer came next to make it 3-0.

Rays starter Chris Archer (8-6) al­lowed six hits, four runs and struck out five in 6-plus in­nings to get his first win since July 4 and im­prove to 5-2 in eight ca­reer starts against the Astros. “He had a pretty big cush­ion at the be­gin­ning, which makes it tough,” Hous­ton man­ager A.J. Hinch said.

Alex Colome pitched a per­fect ninth for his 31st save.

Duda dou­bled in the third be­fore scor­ing on Lon­go­ria’s first triple of the sea­son to push the lead to 4-0. Lon­go­ria then scored on a two-out sin­gle by Adeiny Hechavar­ria.

Archer had al­lowed just one hit when Car­los Beltran sent a 96 mph fast­ball into the seats in right field with one out in the fifth to cut the lead to 5-1. He re­tired Evan Gat­tis be­fore Breg­man’s solo shot to left field got Hous­ton within 5-2.

An RBI sin­gle by Beltran with no outs in the sixth ended Archer’s night. Steve Cishek was greeted by a dou­ble from Gat­tis be­fore Beltran scored on a ground­out by Breg­man to cut the lead to 6-4.

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