The Texas Rangers easily took the opener of their three-game series with the Astros at St. Petersburg as Shin-Soo Choo homered and had four RBIs in a 12-2 pounding of Houston. Joey Gallo hit a two-run homer before an announced crowd of 3,485 at Tropicana Field, the home of the Tampa Bay Rays.
Rangers third baseman Adrian Beltre drove in three runs to pass Hall of Famer Ernie Banks for 28th on the career RBI list with 1,637.
Hurricane Harvey forced the Astros and Rangers to take their three-game series to Florida.
Rangers still in the wild card hunt
The Rangers are three games out of the 2nd wild card position in the American league wild card race.
The Rangers and the Astros play game two of their 3-game series tonight in Florida. You can listen to it live; pre-game for Rangers baseball tonight at 5:30 p.m. and first pitch at 6:08 p.m. The Rangers games are on Fox Sports Radio 1400 in Texarkana, KPYN 900 AM and 95.5 FM in Atlanta, Texas, Fox Sports Radio 92.7 FM in Camden, Arkansas, 1320 AM ESPN in Vivian, LA, and on Caddo Country 98.9 FM in Glenwood, Arkansas.
Game 3 of the Rangers vs the Astros in Florida will be Thursday afternoon at 12:10 p.m.