ARLINGTON, Texas On the one hand, it was a great night for Rangers rookie pitcher Nick Tepesch. On the other hand, he still has a lot to work on.
Tepesch recorded a career-high nine strikeouts and got the win in a 10-5 win over the Astros. But he also failed to get an out in the sixth inning and once again struggled when facing a lineup for the third time in a game.
Batters are now hitting .465 when they face Tepesch a third time in a game. He allowed four runs in the sixth before being pulled after 98 pitchers.
But for a guy who had been winless in his last eight outings - the longest winless streak by a Ranger this season its hard to complain after finally posting a W.
"It was a good night overall," Tepesch said. "The guys gave me a lot of run support and I felt like it was a good night."
Tepesch was handed a 2-0 lead after the first inning, a 6-0 lead after two and a 10-0 lead heading into the sixth. It was the first time the Rangers had scored in double digits since May 1...