Astros hand Rangers 10th straight loss with 7-3 victory

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Houston Astros shortstop Carlos Correa, left, and Kyle Tucker (30) celebrate after they scored on Tucker's three-run home run against the Texas Rangers during the third inning of a baseball game Friday, July 23, 2021, in Houston. (AP Photo/Michael Wyke)


HOUSTON (AP) — Kyle Tucker hit a three-run homer in Houston’s big third inning to help the Astros hand the Texas Rangers their 10th straight loss with a 7-3 victory. Tucker fought through a nine-pitch at-bat, fouling off six pitches in a row, before smacking a fastball from Kolby Allard into the bullpen in right center field to make it 5-0.  Jake Odorizzi allowed four hits and three runs with six strikeouts and two walks in 4 2/3 innings. Brandon Bielak (3-3) gave up just one hit in 2 1/3 scoreless innings for the win.