Jurickson Profar simply wanted to get on base and bring in the go-ahead run with the score tied and two outs in the eighth inning. A walk would get it done just as much as a base hit. And Profar managed to win an eight-pitch at-bat against Astros reliever Wesley Wright. Profar had a 3-1 count fouled off three straight fastballs and then took ball four down in the zone to drive in a run. That go-ahead run started another forgettable night for the Astros’ bullpen. The Rangers scored six runs off Astros relievers to turn a deficit into a 9-5 victory Friday night at Minute Maid Park. It took 3 hours 58 minutes for the Rangers to win and stay tied with the A’s atop the American League West. Texas has won five straight and 10 of its last 11. The Rangers also improved to 8-2 against Houston this year. “I wish it would’ve ended sooner” manager Ron Washington admitted. “But with us in the lead.” Despite the four-run victory the game was hanging in the balance going into the eighth inning. In fact the Rangers trailed 4-3 but the Astros’ bullpen showed why its now blown five of its last six save opportunities. Houston needed five pitchers to finish the inning. Ian Kinsler started it off by drawing a walk stealing second and scoring on a looping single to center by Adrian Beltre to tie the game at 4-4. A.J. Pierzynski struck out and Mitch Moreland grounded out before the Rangers put together a two-out rally. David Murphy batting .224 on the season was intentionally walked for the second time this season by Josh Fields and then Joey Butler starting his first game in the majors worked a five-pitch walk to load the bases. Butler had doubled in his previous two at-bats but said the nerves were still running high. Regardless he knew it was a pivotal walk to keep the rally going. “I was just trying to get a pitch to drive and be patient” Butler said. “I just got one pitch to it [at 2-0] so I just tried to stay within myself and do what I could to help the team win.” It set up things up for Profar whose eight-pitch walk drew rave reviews in the clubhouse afterwards.
Rangers keep rolling, rally for 9-5 win over Astros
Fort Worth Star-Telegram | Aug 10