ARLINGTON -- Saturday's win was a big deal to the Astros, not only because they beat Yu Darvish and the Rangers, but it included career efforts by three young hitters.
Jake Elmore, Marc Krauss and Brett Wallace combined to go 6-for-10 with four runs scored and four RBIs. Elmore hit his first career home run, Krauss had career highs with three hits and two RBIs and Wallace reached base five times, also a career high.
"We are a pretty young team, we're going to take our lumps here and there, but nights like [Saturday], it's a lot of fun, especially with the young guys contributing," Krauss said.
Wallace has contributed considerably since being recalled from Triple-A Oklahoma City on June 25. He is hitting .303 (10-for-33) with a .378 on-base percentage during that stretch. In those 10 games, Wallace has scored eight runs while amassing three doubles, a triple, three homers and nine RBIs.
Conversely, Elmore and Krauss had both been slumping. Elmore hit .136 since June 26 and Krauss was hitless in his previous eight at-bats, over six games, prior to Saturday, but he added his first career home run in the second inning on Sunday.
Dave Sessions is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.Less