Matchup: Nick Tepesch vs. Lucas Harrell

ARLINGTON, Texas -- The Rangers open a three-game series against I-45 rival Houston when right-hander Nick Tepesch faces Astros right-hander Lucas Harrell at 7:05 p.m. on Friday night on Fox Sports Southwest and ESPN Dallas 103.3 FM and 1540-AM.

Tepesch (3-6, 4.71 ERA): Tepesch is 0-2 with 7.72 ERA in his last five starts … He hasn't won since May 12 against Houston when he gave up one run in six innings, allowing four hits, walking one and striking out a career-high eight batters … Tepesch is 1-3 with a 4.99 ERA in eight starts at Rangers Ballpark … He's allowed five home runs in 39⅔ innings … Left-handers continue to give Tepesch fits, batting .314 and hitting nine home runs in 185 at-bats … Tepesch's struggles the second and third time through the batting order are well-chronicled; his batting average against is .261 the second time and .446 the third time and later.

Harrell (5-8, 4.59 ERA): Harrell pitched well but lost his last time out, falling to the Los Angeles Angels 3-1 on Sunday … He allowed one run on six hits in seven innings and had seven strikeouts, matching his season high … He is 1-2 with a 3.22 ERA in June, a big bounce back after going 1-4 with a 7.53 ERA in May … He has done well on the road: 2-2 record and a 2.70 ERA in six starts … Harrell has faced the Rangers one time this season, in the opening series in Houston, taking a loss despite allowing just one run in six innings. Rangers starter Yu Darvish came within an out of a perfect game in that April 2 matchup against Harrell.

Hitters: The current Astros roster is 4-for-23 against Tepesch with a home run by Jason Castro being the only extra-base hit. Rangers third baseman Adrian Beltre is 5-for-10 with four RBIs against Harrell.