Gibson’s gem fuels Rangers past Astros, 1-0

Joey Gallo delivered a two-out, two-strike RBI double in the ninth inning to support the first career shutout by veteran right-hander Kyle Gibson in the Texas Rangers’ 1-0 victory over the Houston Astros on Wednesday at Minute Maid Park.Gallo deposited a curveball from Astros closer Ryan Pressly (1-3) into right field, with the ball bouncing into the seats down the first-base line. Leody Taveras, who reached on a sharp grounder that Astros first baseman Yuli Gurriel misplayed into a hit, scored on the Gallo hit.Texas (18-31) recorded just its fifth road win this season. The Rangers had lost 10 of 11, going back to 2019, to Houston (24-25).Gibson (2-5) reversed course from what had been a difficult stretch. Winless over his previous five starts with an 0-3 mark plus an 8.10 ERA that ballooned his ERA to the second-highest qualifying mark in the majors at 6.14, Gibson was masterful after wobbling in the first inning following a leadoff single by George Springer and walks to Jose Altuve and Alex Bregman.Gibson benefitted from the throwing arm of catcher Jeff Mathis twice, with Mathis erasing Springer as he tried to swipe second base in the first. Mathis did the same to Kyle Tucker after Tucker reached on a one-out single in the seventh.Gibson got Tucker on a called third strike to close the first, and prior to the Tucker hit in the seventh Gibson allowed just one baserunner while retiring the Astros in order in the second, fourth, fifth and sixth innings.