ARLINGTON — Instant replay and observations from the Rangers’ 6-4 win against Houston on Friday at Globe Life Park:
WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW: The Rangers cobbled four singles, a walk, a sacrifice hit and an error into a four-run third inning. Nomar Mazara and Carlos Gomez each drove in two runs. Cole Hamels worked seven innings and did not allow a runner past second base. Houston had only two at-bats with a runner in scoring position against Hamels. Relievers Jose Leclerc, who could not throw strikes, and Alex Claudio combined to allow four runs in the eighth.
DUDE OF THE DAY: In addition to driving in two runs, Mazara prevented a run with a sliding, shoe-top catch on Brian McCann’s sinking liner to end the eighth. Had Mazara not made the play, the Astros would have had the tying run on base.
ROTATION REPORT: Hamels has worked at least seven innings without allowing an earned run in four of his last seven starts. The Rangers have won six of his last eight starts.
DID YOU KNOW? Adrian Beltre had two hits, raising his total to 58 for 44 games against the Astros since the start of the 2015 season. “I feel like he got 3,000 hits when I was the manager,” Houston’s A.J. Hinch said.
PRODUCTIVE OUTS: Mazara had a “productive” out with a fly ball that moved Elvis Andrus to third with one out in the fifth. Mazara has four “productive” outs in the last six games. The rest of the club has one “productive” out in that span, by Robinson Chirinos. A “productive” out either advances a runner for the first out of an inning or scored a run with the second out of an inning.
MORE MILESTONES: Beltre had career double No. 606, putting him into a tie for 13th all-time with Hall of Famer Paul “Big Poison” Waner. Beltre also tied Hall of Famer Wade Boggs for 28th all-time with 3,010 hits.
NO HOMERS: The Rangers had three doubles, two by Elvis Andrus, but did not homer for the first time in 11 games. They are 7-14 for homer-less games.
MEANINGFUL HIT: Gomez came out of the box…