Dominican pitcher Framber Valdez and Puerto Rican catcher Martín Maldonado led this Thursday the victory of the Houston Astros (7 to 3) over the Texas Rangers.
The left-handed starter worked seven shutout innings, with four hits, one walk and eight strikeouts, to score his 11th victory of the campaign (11-4).
And who hits him? Another DOMINANT opening from Framber Valdez! pic.twitter.com/PUSVqhFX91- LasMayores (@LasMayores) August 11
For his part, "Machete" hit a three-run homer against Cole Ragans, Rangers pitcher, to put the ninth Texan ahead and reach a dozen "home runs" in 2022.
According to Baseball Savant, the connection of the Puerto Rican, recognized for his excellent defense, registered an exit speed of 103.1 miles per hour and traveled 385 feet.
With this victory, Dusty Baker's troop, who returned to the Astros' cave this Thursday after overcoming Covid-19, has the best record of 72-41 in the American League, leaving second, momentarily, to the New Yankees who had a rest day.
For much of the season, the Yankees, who will have no problem staying with the East of the "young circuit", had the best record in the Major Leagues for most of the season.