HOUSTON -- The Rangers go for the four-game sweep of Houston on Monday afternoon with right-hander Yu Darvish facing Astros rookie left-hander Brett Oberholtzer. First pitch is 1:10 p.m. on Fox Sports Southwest and ESPN Dallas 103.3 FM and 1540-AM.
Darvish (11-5, 2.72): Darvish allowed three earned runs in seven innings in a 8-3 victory over the Los Angeles Angels on Tuesday ... He is 3-1 with a 1.37 ERA in four starts since the All-Star break ... He has 35 strikeouts in 26 1/3 innings during that span ... Darvish has a major league-best 10 starts of six-plus innings while allowing three hits or less ... He leads the majors with 192 strikeouts and 11.86 Ks per nine innings ... His .193 opponents batting average is second in the American League to Max Scherzer (.192) ... Darvish is fourth in the AL in ERA ... He is 2-1 with a 3.32 ERA for four starts against the Astros this season ... He lost a perfect game with two outs in the ninth inning on April 2 at Minute Maid Park ... He also allowed a season-high five earned runs and lost to Houston on July 6 in Arlington ... Darvish is 4-2 with a 2.82 ERA for nine road starts.
Oberholtzer (2-0, 2.53): Oberholtzer picked up his second consecutive win, tossing seven shutout innings while allowing four hits and two walks ... He became the first pitcher in franchise history to pitch seven scoreless innings in their first two major league starts ... He is one of three rookies in the starting rotation ... This is Oberholtzer's third sting with the Astros and was recently recalled on July 27 ... He has pitched against the Rangers once, coming in relief on July 5 ... He allowed a runs and three hits and on 3 1/3 innings ... The Astros have given him big-time runs supports averaging 8.36 runs for his starts ... Both of Oberholtzer's wins have come after Houston losses.
Hitters: Matt Dominguez is 2-for-6 with two home runs and three RBIs against Darvish. Dominguez hit his homers in the same game on May 11, but Darvish and the Rangers won 8-7. The Rangers are 3-for-13 against Oberholtzer with Mitch Moreland collecting a double.