HOUSTON -- The Rangers' domination of the Astros is a big reason why they are closing in on their seventh division title and their intrastate supremacy continued unabated on Monday.
Rougned Odor hit a leadoff home run in the top of the 12th inning to lift the Rangers to a 4-3 victory over the Astros at Minute Maid Park. The Rangers beat the Astros for the 14th time in 17 games this season and now lead the Mariners by 10 games in the American League West. The Rangers' magic number to clinch the division is nine.
"This is kind of how we've played all year long," Rangers manager Jeff Banister said. "Our guys know how to play in these types of situations and they've continued to build on that bank of confidence to knowing that we're not going to give in and that we'll continue to play."
The Astros, with their fifth loss in the last six games, are now 10 1/2 games behind the Rangers. They are also 3 1/2 games back of the Orioles in the AL Wild Card standings with 18 left to play.
"The difference is one pitch there at the end," Astros manager A.J. Hinch said. "Obviously proud of the way we worked, even to get to that point. We hung in there, got the big home run from Gattis. Our bullpen stepped up, even in roles that they're not used to. … Certainly a tough loss."
The Rangers led, 3-2, going into the bottom of the ninth before Evan Gattis tied it up with a one-out home run. The shot, which forced Houston's AL-leading 16th extra inning game of the season, came off of Rangers closer Sam Dyson, who had been successful on his last seven save opportunities before suffering his fifth blown save of the year.
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Broken bat, no problem: Odor drove in the Rangers' second run in the first with a broken-bat RBI double down the right-field line. The part of Odor's barrel that broke off landed farther in fair territory than the ball did, as he was just able to keep the ball inside the right-field line to score Carlos Beltran, who had singled. Odor drove in another run in the third with a single, giving him 20 RBIs in his last 12 games.
"He's doing something right," Astros starting pitcher Doug Fister said. "He's hitting a lot of home runs and a lot of hard-ball contact, so he's definitely doing his homework."
Odor's homer left his bat at 104 mph, according to Statcast™, and with a launch angle of 39 degrees. It reached the seats a projected 375 feet from home plate down the right-field line .
Good-luck Gattis: The Astros were down, 3-2, in the bottom of the ninth and needed a spark in a big way. Gattis sent the crowd at Minute Maid Park into a frenzy, crushing a solo shot a projected 421 feet with an exit velocity of 107 mph, according to Statcast™, over the train tracks to tie the game. It was Gattis' 26th home run of the season and his seventh career game-tying or go-ahead home run in the ninth inning or later. More >
"When he hits the ball hard, it goes far," Hinch said, "and he's got as much power as anybody in the game, so it comes at a good time."
Solid start for Perez: Perez was staked to an early lead and didn't look back on the way to his third straight quality start. He entered the night 2-8 with a 6.00 ERA in 14 road starts this year, but allowed just two runs on three hits over 6 1/3 innings. Perez retired 12 of the first 15 batters he faced and struck out six, one away from matching his season-high. His biggest issue on the night came from three walks allowed. Both runners that scored off him reached base on walks.
"Very solid outing for Martin, very in control," Banister said. "He had a couple situations today that in certain times this year have gotten away from him, but he was able to come back after walks and get some ground balls for himself."
Bad-luck bounce: The Astros finally got some offensive momentum going in the bottom of the seventh, starting with two walks, but some bad luck kept them from tying the game. Rookie outfielder Tony Kemp pinch-hit for Jake Marisnick and sent a line drive to deep right field, scoring Marwin Gonzalez, but the ball bounced over the wall, stranding Colby Rasmus, who would have been the tying run, at third on a ground-rule double. George Springer struck out in the ensuing at-bat to keep the Astros trailing, going down on a full-count fastball clocked at 101 mph.
"Sometimes the bounces don't go your way," Hinch said. "There's a lot of frustrating parts of this game, but none more so than the final score."
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Astros shortstop Carlos Correa walked twice in Monday's loss, giving him 69 for the season. The last AL shortstop to record at least 69 walks in a season were Marco Scutaro (90) and Derek Jeter (70) in 2009.
Odor now has 30 doubles, 31 home runs and 85 RBIs this season. The last player on the Rangers to accomplish those numbers before turning 23 years old was Ruben Sierra in 1987.
The Astros looked to keep their ninth-inning rally alive after a strikeout followed by a caught stealing ended the inning. Hinch challenged the ruling on the field, which was that Gonzalez was caught stealing at second after Rasmus struck out. But the call was confirmed.
Rangers rookie outfielder Jared Hoying will have to wait for his first Major League home run. He sent a fly ball down the right-field line in the 12th inning that narrowly missed the right-field foul pole and was ruled foul. Banister challenged, but the call on field was confirmed.
WHAT'S NEXT Rangers: Right-hander A.J. Griffin pitches for the Rangers at 7:10 p.m. CT Tuesday against the Astros at Minute Maid Park. Griffin allowed a season-high eight runs over four innings in his last outing against the Mariners, but has won both his starts against the Astros this season.
Astros: The Astros will go with right-hander Brad Peacock on the hill at Minute Maid Park Tuesday night. Pitching in place of the injured Dallas Keuchel, Peacock (0-0, 3.38 ERA) went 3 2/3 innings in his first start of the season, surrendering only one run on five hits in a 4-3 win over Cleveland.