David Murphy with inside-the-park home run


HOUSTON -- It was the only highlight of the night for the Texas Rangers.

Outfielder David Murphy hit a three-run inside-the-park home run in the third inning of Saturday night's 6-5 loss to the Houston Astros.

It was Murphy's first career inside-the-park homer and the 23rd in franchise history.

Murphy's shot eluded a diving right fielder, Justin Maxwell and the ball skipped to the wall. Center fielder Jordan Schafer also reached out for the ball and fell down, spraining an ankle on the play.

"I don't hit many of those, so I couldn't tell ya," said Murphy when asked when was the last time he hit one outside of the majors. "I saw both guys dive and after I saw it got past them, I was probably halfway between first and second and I knew I had a chance. I started running as fast as I could and I probably put it in overdrive a little too quickly because I ran out of gas in the end."

The homer gave the Rangers a commanding 4-0 lead which they would eventually lose.