Rapid Reaction: Rangers 8, Indians 3
It was an impressive big-league debut for Jurickson Profar, and the Rangers pounded out 15 hits, four of them homers, in an 8-3 win over the Cleveland Indians. Some quick thoughts:
What it means: The Rangers won their fifth consecutive series, taking two of three in Cleveland. ... They will stay at least three games ahead of Oakland, who face the Boston Red Sox on Sunday afternoon.
First at-bat, first homer: Profar made quite the big-league debut on Sunday, belting a 388-foot home run over the fence in right field on his very first at-bat in the big leagues. He's the first teenager (and youngest player) in AL history to hit a home run in his first career at-bat, according to Elias Sports Bureau. ... He's the first Ranger to hit a home run in the first at-bat of his big-league career and the youngest Ranger to ever hit a home run. ... He also had a double. ... Click here to read all about the home run and the club history that Profar made.
Washington ties Oates: The win ties manager Ron Washington with Johnny Oates for second on the club's all-time win list behind Bobby Valentine. Washington now has 506 wins. Valentine had 581.
Homer happy: The Rangers hit four homers on Sunday, including three in the third inning. That featured back-to-back homers by Josh Hamilton and Adrian Beltre, with David Murphy chipping in two batters later. ... Every starter in the Rangers' lineup had a hit except Mitch Moreland.
Hamilton collecting RBIs: Hamilton's solo home run pushed his RBI total to 113, which leads the major leagues. He now has 37 home runs, one behind Adam Dunn.
Cruz ends series on uptick: Nelson Cruz had a nice game at the plate and in the field. The slugger had two hits, including a double to right-center field. The ball bounced into the stands, meaning just one run scored instead of two on the hit. ... Cruz also had a terrific diving grab in the bottom of the fourth to keep the bases empty and record the second out. Cruz was able to get to Matt LaPorta's line drive to right by fully stretching out. ... It was a much better way to end the series after Cruz was ejected in Friday's game and started the road trip 1-for-7 before Sunday.
Beltre still hot: Beltre was named the Rangers' player of the month in August, thanks in large part to how he finished the month. But on Saturday, he started September off with a bang too, going 3-for-4 with a homer and a double on the first day of the month. Beltre homered in the fifth Sunday to continue his hot pace -- he has eight homers in his last 11 games. Coming into the game, Beltre was 20-for-40 with six doubles, seven homers, 15 RBIs and nine runs in his last 10 games. ... He also had his usual solid defensive game, making a nice diving stop to his left to get the first out of the sixth (Russ Canzler hit it).
Holland gets job done: Starter Derek Holland ran into trouble with two outs in the second inning, giving up a two-run homer to Carlos Santana on a hanging breaking ball moments after the Rangers had scored four runs. He got a visit from manager Ron Washington, something that happens from time to time when Holland is on the mound. And he settled down and pitched very well while also getting some help from his offense. ... Holland went seven innings and gave up two runs on seven hits with six strikeouts and two walks. ... It was his third straight win.
Murphy still hot: Besides the homer, Murphy had a big two-out single in the second to help the Rangers jump out to a 4-0 lead. He added a two-strike single in the seventh and had a walk. ... Murphy has 11 multi-hit games in his last 16 starts and is batting .458 with five doubles, a triple, three homers, 12 RBIs and 15 runs scored. ... In the three games on this road trip, Murphy is 7-for-11 with a triple, two homers and five RBIs.
Andrus loves Cleveland: He was 3-for-5 with a run scored on Sunday, extending his hitting streak against the Indians to 29 games. It's the longest hit streak by a player against an opponent in Rangers history (Ivan Rodriguez had a 27-game hitting streak against Tampa Bay in 1998-2000).
Up next: RHP Yu Darvish (13-9, 4.31 ERA) starts things off for the Rangers in Kansas City on Monday against Bruce Chen (10-10, 5.13 ERA) at 1:10 p.m. on ESPN Dallas 103.3 FM and FSSW.
103.3 FM ESPN PODCASTS
Play Podcast Jim Bowden joins Fitzsimmons & Durrett to discuss Ron Washington's decision to send Yu Darvish to the mound for the eighth inning Thursday night and how he would handle a situation like that if he were still a GM.
Play Podcast Randy Galloway, Matt Mosley and Glenn "Stretch" Smith discuss the latest Rangers news, including the Yu Darvish-Justin Verlander matchup.
Play Podcast Nelson Cruz joins Galloway & Company to discuss the Rangers' series in Oakland, his ups and downs at the plate and if the PED talks before the season were a distraction.
Play Podcast Rangers manager Ron Washington joins Fitzsimmons & Durrett live from Oakland for his weekly visit.
Play Podcast Nolan Ryan joins Galloway & Company to discuss his role with the Rangers. Ryan says that he has not been in contact with the Astros about a possible opening and he doesn't think that he would be interested anyway.
Play Podcast Jim Bowden joins Fitzsimmons & Durrett for his weekly visit and wastes no time sounding off on MLB umpire Angel Hernandez.
Play Podcast Rangers first baseman Mitch Moreland joins GAC from Milwaukee to discuss what it was like facing former teammate Scott Feldman, Texas' upcoming series and more.
Play Podcast Ron Washington joins Fitzsimmons & Durrett live from Milwaukee for his weekly visit and discusses Nick Tepesch, the Rangers' rotation, interleague play and more.