Rapid Reaction: Rangers 4, Rays 2 (10)
September, 8, 2012
By Bryan Dolgin | ESPNDallas.com
Jurickson Profar's two-out RBI double down the right-field line and off first baseman Carlos Pena's glove in the 10th inning opened the door for the Texas Rangers to edge the Rays on Saturday in Tampa, 4-2.
Geovany Soto doubled off the wall in right center against Kyle Farnsworth to set up Profar, who drove in pinch runner Leonys Martin. It was the Rangers' third extra-innings affair in as many nights.
Farnsworth hit Josh Hamilton with the bases loaded later in the inning to add another run. Adrian Beltre followed with a bases-loaded strikeout.
Yu Darvish allowed just two hits through eight innings, but his defense didn't do him any favors in the eighth. Second baseman Ian Kinsler booted Pena's grounder to left with two outs in the eighth, allowing Rich Thompson to score the tying run that led to the extra innings. Kinsler was playing on the right-field turf as part of a defensive overshift.
Mike Adams pitched a scoreless ninth to earn the victory, his second in the last three days. Joe Nathan walked Ryan Roberts with two outs in the 10th before fanning Pena for his 31st save.
Pena, who struck out looking to end the game, argued the call and was ejected.
Special K: In the bottom of the first, Darvish became the Rangers record holder for most strikeouts in a rookie season. He surpassed Edwin Correa, who struck out 189 in 1986, with a strikeout of Ben Zobrist.
Streak ends: The Rangers had allowed 25 consecutive base runners to steal successfully until the bottom of the first, when Geovany Soto threw out Sam Fuld trying to steal second. Pitchers certainly play a major role with their quickness to home plate and execution of pitches, but Soto was 0-for-22 in throwing out potential base stealers as a member of the Rangers.
Hamilton belts 40th: Josh Hamilton hit an 83-mph hour slider for his 40th home run of the season. It was a one-out, two-run home run in the fourth inning off Rays starter Chris Archer.
Hamilton became the fifth player in Rangers history to hit 40 home runs in a season. He joins Juan Gonzalez (five times), Rafael Palmeiro (three times), Alex Rodriguez (three times) and Mark Teixeira (once). That homer gave the Rangers a 2-0 lead.
Working quickly: Darvish faced the minimum number of batters through five innings. He allowed a lead-off single in the first, but that runner was caught stealing.
Beaning provokes warning: With two outs and nobody on base in the sixth inning, Archer hit Hamilton on a pitch that was up and hit him on the right arm. It was a 0-2 count. Home plate umpire Mike Estabrook warned both benches.
RISP-y business: Darvish entered Saturday's game with opponents batting .237 against him with runners in scoring position, ninth lowest in the American League. After a wild pitch put two in scoring position in the sixth inning, Darvish retired the next three but allowed a run-scoring, one-out grounder.
Golden Archer: Rays rookie right-handed starting pitcher Chris Archer made his first start at Tropicana Field and his first appearance against the Rangers. He struck out 11 in seven innings and also allowed just four hits and walked two. According to ESPN Stats and Information, Archer is the fifth pitcher in the last three seasons to have 11-plus strikeouts in his first three games, joining Stephen Strasburg, Mike Minor, Matt Moore and Matt Harvey.
Profar goes 1-for-4: Jurickson Profar made his second major league start, his first at shortstop. Before his game-winning RBI, he struck out to end the third, grounded into a 4-6-3 double play to the end the fifth (Hurst L.D. Bell product Ryan Roberts made a great stop on Profar's smash) and popped out to third baseman Evan Longoria in foul territory.
Ogando feeling sore: Right-handed reliever Alexi Ogando has a sore right biceps muscle.
Napoli's rehab: Catcher Mike Napoli is scheduled to play for Double-A Frisco on Tuesday in the Texas League championship series. It's Napoli's rehabilitation assignment for his left quadriceps muscle.
Up next: The Rangers complete their three-game series against Tampa Bay at 12:40 p.m. Sunday. It's also the end of a 10-game road trip. RHP Roy Oswalt (4-2, 5.85) and RHP James Shields (13-8, 3.88) are the starting pitchers.