Run prevention: Astros nail 2 at home

Springer, Correa unleash perfect throws during loss to Rangers

Run prevention: Astros nail 2 at home

HOUSTON -- While the Astros lost to the Rangers, 3-2, Saturday night, the game wouldn't have been as close without some spectacular throws by right fielder George Springer and shortstop Carlos Correa.

The first came in the fourth with two on and two outs and the Astros leading, 1-0. Designated hitter Shin-Soo Choo knocked a ball to right field that would've scored Nomar Mazara, if not for Springer's throw.

He launched it 93.2 miles per hour, according to Statcast™, into the glove of catcher Jason Castro, who secured the tag at home plate to end the inning. The Rangers challenged the call, but it was confirmed.

"What we're doing is battling," Astros starter Doug Fister said. "Guys aren't giving up. They're coming up ready to throw.

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Not to be outdone, Correa came up with a beautiful throw of his own in the seventh. Rougned Odor doubled to the left-field wall, and Carlos Beltran tried to score from first. But Jake Marisnick got the ball to Correa, who then unleashed a laser to Castro from left field to get the out and keep the game at 2-1 Rangers.

"The guys never give up," Fister said. "To see that fire and that ability to grind and play in tight ballgames, that's what's in our makeup as a team and that's what you want from a player."

Jordan Ray is a reporter for MLB.com based in Houston. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.