Astros first to toss 2 immaculate frames in game

by Daryn Albert - There have now been 106 recorded immaculate innings in major league history, and Wednesday's feats by the Astros marked the first time there have been two on the same day.

Houston Astros' Luis Garcia, Phil Maton first in recorded history to throw immaculate innings in one game 5:54 PM ET ESPN News Services ARLINGTON, Texas -- Astros starter Luis Garcia and reliever Phil Maton each threw an immaculate inning -- nine pitches, three strikeouts -- and Martín Maldonado keyed a six-run first inning that sent Houston over the Texas Rangers 9-2 Wednesday. Maldonado hit a two-run double in the first and later homered as the AL West-leading Astros wrapped up their seventh consecutive series victory against their instate division rival. Garcia (4-5) struck out nine without a walk over six innings while limiting Texas to two runs and four hits. Garcia had a span of five consecutive strikeouts that began with an immaculate second inning -- when he threw only nine pitches to strike out Nathaniel Lowe , Ezequiel Duran and Brad Miller . Editor's Picks Starting rotation? Power at the plate? Every current MLB playoff contender's biggest strength 2d David Schoenfield 2 Related Those were the first three batters Maton faced after replacing Garcia to start the seventh. And Maton also recorded a nine-pitch, three-strikeout inning. There have now been 106 recorded immaculate innings in major league history, and Wednesday marked the first time there have been two on the same day. And the Astros managed to twirl them both, moving them into a tie for most by one franchise with the New York Yankees (nine each). The only AL West team with a winning record, Houston (39-24) had lost four of five after dropping the series opener. The Astros then won 4-3 on Tuesday night with a four-run rally in the eighth inning, and started the series finale with another big outburst. The Astros sent 11 batters to the plate in the first inning. The first nine faced fill-in starter Tyson Miller (0-1), who was gone after No. 9 batter Maldonado's double to right. Miller was a replacement call-up from Triple-A Round Rock when the Rangers put Glenn Otto on the COVID-19-related injured list, only hours before the right-hander was set to start a series opener Friday night against the White Sox. Miller threw 2 1/3 innings in relief against the Chicago White Sox , but got the start against the Astros when Otto's spot in the rotation came up again. Houston leadoff man Jose Altuve was hit by Miller's third pitch of the game, before a single and walk loaded the bases. Yordan Álvarez then hit a two-run double to extend his on-base streak to 16 games and put the Astros ahead to stay. Kyler Tucker followed with an RBI groundout. Maldonado led of the fourth with his fifth homer of the season to make it 7-2. Yuli Gurriel hit a two-run homer in the Astros eighth. Garcia's streak of five consecutive strikeouts ended when Corey Seager hit his 13th homer, a solo drive in the third. Garcia then got out of the inning with another strikeout. Information from ESPN Stats & The Associated Press was used in this report.