Rougned Odor spent the middle of the seventh inning on Wednesday night getting a stern fielding lesson from veteran third baseman Adrian Beltre.
It was Beltre at his best, teaching the young 20-year-old second baseman on the fly after Odor had rushed a throw trying to turn a double play when he could've better set his feet, allowing an Astros threat in the top of the seventh continue longer than it should have.
In the next half-inning, Odor came to the plate and padded the Rangers' 1-0 lead with a moonshot to the right-field bleachers before fellow youngster Ryan Rua extended the Rangers' lead with a three-run bomb. On the night, Odor was great, other than the defensive flub. The young lefty reached base three times — a homer, a double and a walk — and also stole a base.
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He's now reached base in 20 of his last 22 games and has four homers with 20 RBIs in his last 26 games after it looked like he'd hit a rookie wall before that. Odor is further solidifying his place as the Rangers' starting second baseman in 2015 regardless of what happens with Jurickson Profar and has possibly been the biggest positive to come out of this downtrodden season.