HOUSTON (CBSDFW.COM/AP) — José Urquidy threw seven dominant innings for his first major league win and Yuli Gurriel hit a three-run homer, sending the Houston Astros to a 6-1 victory over the skidding Texas Rangers on Saturday night.
Making his third career start, Urquidy (1-0) held the Rangers to two baserunners — a homer by Shin-Soo Choo and an infield single by Hunter Pence. The 24-year-old rookie right-hander from Mexico struck out nine.
Tony Kemp also homered as Houston, the AL West leader, won its fourth straight and handed Texas its sixth consecutive defeat.
Urquidy retired his first nine batters before Choo’s homer to center field in the fourth. Then he set down the next 11 hitters until Pence’s single in the seventh.
Houston put together a two-out rally in the fifth that started with singles from Michael Brantley and Yordan Alvarez, setting up Gurriel’s homer to left-center. It was Gurriel’s 18th of the season, matching his career high.
Gurriel has 13 home runs in his last 21 games and has gone deep in five straight at Minute Maid Park, matching the ballpark record set in 2006 by Morgan Ensberg.
For a fourth straight game, the Astros scored in the third inning. After hitting three successive homers in Friday night’s 4-3 victory, Houston had three doubles in four at-bats, with Myles Straw, George Springer and Brantley finding the gaps for a 2-0 lead.
Kemp added a solo shot in the sixth to make it 6-1.
Rangers starter Ariel Jurado (5-6) allowed five runs and eight hits while striking out five in five innings.
CAPE CANAVERAL, FLORIDA (CBSDFW.COM/AP) — A moonstruck nation celebrated the 50th anniversary of Apollo 11’s “giant leap” by Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin at parties, races, ball games and concerts Saturday, toasting with Tang and nibbling MoonPies
At NASA’s Kennedy Space Center, Aldrin showed Vice President Mike Pence the launch pad where he flew to the moon in 1969. At the same time halfway around the world, an American and two other astronauts blasted into space from Kazakhstan on a Russian rocket. And in Armstrong’s hometown of Wapakoneta, Ohio, nearly 2,000 runners competed in “Run to the Moon” races.
“Apollo 11 is the only event in the 20th century that stands a chance of being widely remembered in the 30th century,” the vice president said.
Wapakoneta 10K runner Robert Rocco, 54, a retired Air Force officer from Centerville, Ohio, called the moon landing by Armstrong and Aldrin “perhaps the most historic event in my lifetime, maybe in anybody’s lifetime.”
At the Museum of Flight in Seattle, Gilda Warden sat on a bench and gazed in awe at the Apollo 11 command module, Columbia, on display. “It’s like entering the Sistine Chapel and seeing the ceiling. You want to just sit there and take it in,” said Warden, 63, a psychiatric nurse from Tacoma, Washington.
On July 20, 1969, Armstrong and Aldrin undocked from Columbia in lunar orbit and then descended in the lunar module Eagle to the Sea of Tranquility. Armstrong was the first to step onto the lunar surface, proclaiming for the ages: “That’s one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind.” It was humanity’s first footsteps on another world.
In a speech at Kennedy, Pence paid tribute to Armstrong, Aldrin and command module pilot Michael Collins — if they’re not heroes, “then there are no heroes” — as well as the 400,000 Americans who worked tirelessly to get them to the moon.
Aldrin, 89, grabbed the right hand of Neil Armstrong’s older son, Rick, at Pence’s mention of heroes. He then stood and saluted, and received a standing ovation. Armstrong died in 2012. Collins, 88, did not attend the Florida ceremony. But Apollo 17’s Harrison Schmitt, the next-to-last man to walk on the moon in 1972, was there.
Pence reiterated the Trump administration’s goal of sending American astronauts back to the moon within five years and eventually on to Mars. He said this next generation of astronauts will spend weeks and months on the lunar surface, not just days and hours like the 12 Apollo moonwalkers did.
NASA had other celebrations going on Saturday, most notably at Johnson Space Center in Houston, home to Mission Control; the U.S. Space and Rocket Center next door to Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Alabama, where the Saturn V moon rockets were born; and the Smithsonian Institution’s National Air and Space Museum in Washington.
And where better to celebrate than Apollo, Pennsylvania — located in Armstrong County not far from the town of Mars and Moon Township. The historical society revived the annual moon-landing celebration in honor of the big 50. All of the Apollo astronauts have long been honorary citizens of Apollo, the society’s Alan Morgan said.
At New York’s Yankee Stadium, former space shuttle astronaut Mike Massimino threw out the ceremonial first pitch to former pitcher Jack Aker, who was on the mound when the July 20, 1969, baseball game was interrupted to announce that the Eagle had landed. Armstrong and Aldrin were “A1, No. 1, higher than major league,” Aker recalled Saturday. “It’s a mutual feeling,” Massimino agreed.
Elsewhere in New York, organizers moved a moon-landing party from Times Square into a hotel because of a heat wave. Youngsters joined former space shuttle astronaut Winston Scott there, as a giant screen showed the Saturn V rocket lifting off with the Apollo 11 crew in 1969.
Across the country in Seattle, Tim Turner was first in line at the Museum of Flight to see the Apollo 11 command module. Collins orbited the moon alone in Columbia, as Armstrong and Aldrin descended to the gray, desolate surface.
Turner recalled watching the lunar landing with his family in Tennessee, then going outside to gaze at the moon.
“There was just excitement,” Turner said. “It was just the novelty of it all. Good grief! It’s still amazing, the No. 1 feat of the 20th century, if not all of modern history, that first time there.”
Clocks counted down to the exact moment of the Eagle’s landing on the moon — 4:17 p.m. EDT — and Armstrong’s momentous step onto the lunar surface at 10:56 p.m. EDT. The powdered orange drink Tang was back in vogue for the toasts, along with MoonPies, including a 55-pound (25-kilogram), 45,000-calorie MoonPie at Kennedy’s One Giant Leap bash.
About 100 visitors and staff at the American Space Museum in Titusville, across the Indian River from Kennedy, cheered and lifted plastic champagne cups of Tang at precisely 4:17 p.m.
“This is what we’re here for, to share the American space experience,” explained executive director Karan Conklin, who led the toast.
In the 100-degree heat (38 degrees Celsius) of Kazakhstan, an American, Italian and Russian, rocketed into the night to the International Space Station. Only one of the three — cosmonaut Alexander Skvortsov — was alive at the time of Apollo 11. The three already living on the space station also were born long after the moon landings.
The crew deliberately modeled its mission patch after Apollo 11’s: no astronaut names included to show the universal nature of space flight. Morgan explained in a NASA interview that Apollo 11, and now his flight, represents “an accomplishment of the world and not one single country.”
CBS viewers can tune in for a special presentation 50 years in the making on Sunday, July 21. Check local listings for more information.
HOUSTON (CBSDFW.COM/AP) — Justin Verlander kept up his outstanding season with one of his toughest wins.
Verlander struck out 12 in six solid innings, four Houston players hit solo home runs and the Astros held on to beat the Texas Rangers 4-3. He allowed two runs and eight hits.
“That was a grind, it was tough, those guys battled me all night,” Verlander said. “The box score doesn’t show how tough they battled me, but every single one of them was difficult. They had a lot of guys on base every inning, it wasn’t easy, so I’m pleased to come away with the W.”
The right-hander struck out at least 11 for the fourth time this season and improved to 4-0 against the Rangers this season.
“It’s hard to describe how hard he had to work to get through his innings and how much they were making him work,” Houston manager A.J. Hinch said. “He was punching guys out and he had a pretty clean line but that didn’t tell the whole story of what it took to get through this game.”
Jose Altuve, Alex Bregman and Yordan Alvarez led off the third inning with consecutive home runs to extend Houston’s lead to 4-0. Altuve hit his homer to left-center field, and Bregman sent his to left on the next pitch before Alvarez hit a 474-foot monster shot into the second deck in right field.
“I think any time we can put together at bats we are going to have a good chance to win,” Bregman said. “We did that tonight.”
It was the first time the Astros had hit three straight homers since June, 20, 2018, against Tampa Bay.
Yuli Gurriel led off the second with a solo shot to left.
Roberto Osuna pitched the ninth for his 21st save.
Rougned Odor and Asdrúbal Cabrera hit consecutive solo home runs in the sixth for Texas to cut Houston’s lead to 4-2, and Shin-Soo Choo scored on Elvis Andrus’ groundout in the seventh to pull within one.
The Rangers have lost five straight. Texas stranded 11 runners and was 0 for 11 with runners in scoring position.
“That’s the nature of the business when you have a quality team and have quality pitching,” Texas manager Chris Woodward said. “We have a resilient bunch and they’re going to be in a lot of games, but unfortunately, you’re going to fall short at times.”
Mike Minor (8-5) allowed four runs and seven hits with 10 strikeouts in seven innings. Minor, who tied a career-high allowing four home runs, retired 15 of the last 16 batters he faced.
“It was just a matter of that third inning,” Minor said. “I thought my stuff was a lot better. My slider was still flat. I was throwing a lot of pitches that were really, really close, and I wasn’t getting the calls. I’m not saying they were strikes, but they were close. It took a lot of pitches and I fell in some holes early.”
The Texas Rangers now have a 50-47 record and will take on the Houston Astros once again tonight at 6:10 p.m.
LIBERTY, TEXAS (CBSDFW.COM/AP) — An East Texas jailer has been charged with stealing hundreds of dollars from inmates who surrendered the cash when booked.
The Liberty County Sheriff’s Office says 23-year-old Mayra Gallegos-Balderas surrendered herself Tuesday on a theft of property warrant and freed on a personal recognizance bond.
Mayra Gallegos-Balderas mugshot (Credit: Liberty County Sheriff’s Office)
Gallegos-Balderas worked for GEO Group, which is the private company that contracts with the county to operate the county jail, since October of 2018.
According to a statement issued by the Liberty County Sheriff’s Office, Gallegos-Balderas stands charged with theft of property of $750 to $2500 which totaled to the amount of $1,478.
The charge typically would be a misdemeanor. However, Gallegos-Balderas was a public servant and the money came into her possession while acting in the capacity of her duties. The degree of her charge enhanced to a state felony.
DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM) — Dallas police are investigating a shooting that left one woman injured in Oak Cliff Friday night.
Around 10:30 p.m. July 29, officers responded to a shooting call in the 3000 block of S. Westmoreland Road.
When police arrived, they met with a victim that stated she was traveling southbound on the 2600 block of S. Westmoreland Road when a newer model 4-door silver Nissan pulled up on her right side and fired one round into the vehicle.
Police said the suspect then turned and sped off on an unknown street.
The victim suffered a gunshot wound to the leg was immediately provided emergency first aid until Dallas Fire Rescue transported her to a local hospital.