HOUSTON — With two out in the bottom of the ninth inning on Friday at Minute Maid Park, Rangers manager Chris Woodward jogged out to the mound and told Martín Pérez: “You got this.”
Pérez had just allowed back-to-back singles, giving up his chances at the elusive Maddux.
But Pérez always wants the ball, in every situation.
And Pérez proved his manager right, getting Yuli Gurriel to fly out to left fielder Eli White to cap off a complete-game shutout over the Astros. The lefty needed 108 pitches, but he was able to power Texas to a 3-0 win over Houston.
Pérez struck out only five Astros hitters, but he consistently induced soft contact to work quickly and efficiently through the lineup.
It was the first complete game thrown by a Rangers pitcher since Kyle Gibson on Sept. 16, 2020, also against the Astros at Minute Maid Park.