ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) - Triple plays are rare enough to begin with. Jurickson Profar and the Texas Rangers turned one that was especially unusual Thursday night.
In fact, it had been more than a century since there was another one like it in the majors.
“It was an all-around heads-up play by Profar,” Texas manager Jeff Banister said. “Very slow heartbeat in that moment.”
Profar started the defensive gem at third base and later homered to help the Rangers rally from an early five-run deficit for an 8-6 victory over the Los Angeles Angels.
Texas pulled off the sixth triple play in franchise history in the fourth inning. With the bases loaded, David Fletcher hit a low liner toward third that Profar picked on a short hop with a dive to his right. Playing near the bag, he quickly stepped on third to force out Eric Young Jr. and tagged Taylor Ward, who had stumbled off the base into foul territory. Profar then threw to second baseman Rougned Odor for the third out.
Just to be sure, Odor chased down Kole Calhoun and tagged him between first and second.
“Every runner thought it was a line drive,” Profar said, “so that’s why we got the triple play.”
It was the majors’ first triple play without retiring the batter since June 3, 1912, when the Brooklyn Dodgers turned the trick against the Cincinnati Reds.
“Yeah, it was kind of confusing the way it happened,” Fletcher said.
Odor singled home the go-ahead run in the eighth after an out call that would have ended the inning was reversed. Nomar Mazara went deep in his return from the disabled list, and Joey Gallo also homered for the Rangers.
Texas scored three runs in the eighth as Justin Anderson (3-3), the seventh of eight Angels pitchers in a “bullpen game,” allowed the first four batters to reach base.
The Angels, whose starting rotation has been decimated by injuries all season, are 0-6 in “bullpen games.”
Career reliever Taylor Cole, making his second career start, both this week, was staked to a 5-0 lead when Texas starter Ariel Jurado allowed the first five Angels batters to score. But Cole retired only three of eight batters.
Matt Moore (2-6) followed Jurado with two scoreless innings for his first win since April 17 and the 29-year-old’s first career victory in relief.
Of Los Angeles’ eight pitchers, only Noe Ramirez worked two innings.
“We’ll have most of the guys be able to at least pitch some tomorrow,” manager Mike Scioscia said.
NOTHING NEW ON TROUT
Angels OF Mike Trout remained with his family following the death of his 24-year-old brother-in-law, Aaron Cox, on Wednesday. Trout was eligible to come off the 10-day disabled list Thursday. He hasn’t played since Aug. 2 after jamming his wrist on a feet-first slide into third base.
WAIT AND SEE FOR BELTRE
Rangers 3B Adrian Beltre missed his second straight game after leaving Monday’s game with a hamstring injury. The team will wait a few days before deciding whether to put the 39-year-old on the disabled list for the third time this season - each because of an injured hamstring. “I don’t feel that bad,” Beltre said. “So, wait a couple days to make a decision on that.”
CALHOUN STAYS HOT
Calhoun went 3 for 4 with his 17th homer and is hitting .304 with 16 home runs in 50 games since returning from the disabled list on June 18. He previously hit .145 with one homer in 50 games.
Rangers OF Willie Calhoun was optioned to Triple-A Round Rock to make room for Mazara. . Angels LHP Ty Buttrey and RHP Osmer Morales made their major league debuts, giving Los Angeles a club-record 14 players who have done so this season and a team-record 56 players who have appeared in a game this year. … Texas acquired RHP Kelvin Gonzalez from Kansas City for international slot money.
Rangers LHP Mike Minor was scratched from Friday’s scheduled start with back stiffness. … Texas OF Delino DeShields hurt a finger batting in the seventh inning and left the game. . Angels RHP Hansel Robles (shoulder) was placed on the 10-day DL, retroactive to Wednesday. To replace him, Buttrey was recalled from Triple-A Salt Lake.
Angels RHP Odrisamer Despaigne (2-0, 5.31 ERA), acquired Tuesday from Miami, will become Los Angeles’ 14th pitcher to make a start this season. The franchise record is 17, set in 1967.
Rangers RHP Drew Hutchison (1-2, 6.07), making his third start for Texas, hasn’t won since getting a relief win for Philadelphia on March 30.
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