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Profar's HR lifts Rangers, helps them keep pace for WC

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ARLINGTON, Texas -- Jurickson Profar watched the first four-error inning for Texas from the bench.

When he got the call as a pinch-hitter in the ninth inning, the rookie erased that bad memory and gave the Rangers at least another day of realistic playoff hopes.

Profar homered leading off the ninth, and the Rangers beat the Los Angeles Angels with a walk-off homer for the fourth straight time at home in a 6-5 victory Thursday night.

The Rangers matched a win by Cleveland for the third straight night to stay within a game of the Indians for the second wild-card spot in the American League.

Cleveland beat Minnesota 6-5, and Tampa Bay stayed a game ahead of the Indians after finishing a three-game sweep of the New York Yankees.

Texas manager Ron Washington said he was just looking for a leadoff hit when he went with Profar after sending Lance Berkman to the on-deck circle in the bottom of the eighth.

"And he gave me the opposite of what I was looking for," Washington said. "But it was huge."

The Rangers swept the Angels in late July with consecutive walk-off homers from Geovany Soto, Leonys Martin and Adrian Beltre.

Profar's sixth homer landed about 10 rows into the stands down the right-field line. It was off Michael Kohn (1-4), who also gave up Beltre's winning blast on July 31.

"It's definitely weird, four walk-offs in a row," Kohn said. "It's not the ballpark. It's just a matter of executing pitches."

Joe Nathan (6-2) got the win after striking out two with a runner at third and one out in the top of the ninth.

"We're alive another day," said Texas starter Matt Garza, who gave up 11 hits in 5 1-3 innings but allowed just one earned run because of the defensive meltdown behind him. "That's what we're playing for right now. We're just playing to get in any way we can do it."

Josh Hamilton, back in Texas with a chance to damage the postseason hopes of a team he helped lead to consecutive World Series in 2010 and 2011, went 1 for 3 with two walks. He was on third in the ninth when Mark Trumbo struck out to end the inning.

Moments before his at-bat, Trumbo was in the on-deck circle when he had to duck to avoid a line drive from Kole Calhoun. Trumbo went to the dugout but emerged about a minute later.

"It grazed me," said Trumbo, who snapped an 0-for-25 skid with three hits, including a tying single in the seventh after Calhoun led off with a triple off Tanner Scheppers. "Sure, it was a little bit scary. No blood, no foul."

An inning before Trumbo's tying hit, Martin put Texas ahead with a big double for the second straight night. Martin's two-out double into the gap in right-center scored Craig Gentry, who had three singles, and pinch-runner Adam Rosales for a 5-4 Texas lead.

The Angels scored three unearned runs for a 4-3 lead in the second when the Rangers set a club record with the four errors.

There were two outs with the bases empty when first baseman Mitch Moreland booted a ground ball from Andrew Romine.

After a single by J.B. Shuck, second baseman Ian Kinsler let a routine grounder from Erick Aybar get past him into shallow right field. Romine scored easily from second, and Kinsler got another error when his throw hit Shuck in the back at third, allowing Aybar to take second.

Beltre's throwing error on an infield single by Mike Trout allowed Aybar to score the third unearned run.

The franchise had four errors in 1962 when it was still in Washington, but the Rangers never had more than three. The last time they had three was in 2005 against Seattle.

"You just keep making pitches," Garza said. "It's not like they're trying to do it, just like you're not trying to make a bad pitch."

Garza kept the game close in the fifth, with a little help from his defense. After consecutive singles from Howie Kendrick and Calhoun, Kendrick was thrown out at home by Gentry on a single to left by Trumbo.

After Chris Iannetta walked to load the bases with one out, Garza got Romine on a fly ball to shallow right and Shuck on a soft liner to Moreland.

Angels starter Jerome Williams gave up nine hits and three runs in five innings and left with a chance to match his career high with a win in five straight starts. He did it his rookie year in 2003.

Notes

Shuck, the Angels' left fielder, left the game in the fifth with a sprained right ankle. ... The Rangers' previous club record for errors in an inning was three, done 14 times. The most recent was Sept. 15, 2005, at home against Seattle. ... The Angels missed a chance to get within a game of .500 for the first time since they were 2-3 on April 6 after a win at Rangers Ballpark. ... The crowd of 26,198 pushed the Rangers past 3 million in attendance for the second straight year.

 
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Jurickson Profar homers to lead off the 9th, the 4th straight time Texas has beaten the Angels on a walk-off homer at home. (USATSI)
Jurickson Profar homers to lead off the 9th, the 4th straight time Texas has beaten the Angels on a walk-off homer at home. (USATSI)

Players of the Game
Los Angeles

M. Trout
AB 5
R 0
H 2
HR 0
RBI 2
Texas

L. Martin
AB 3
R 0
H 2
HR 0
RBI 2
 
Los Angeles (A.L.) Angels
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
J.B. Shuck, LF4220005 .292
   Collin Cowgill, LF1000000 .215
Erick Aybar, SS5110010 .268
Mike Trout, CF5022000 .324
Josh Hamilton, DH3010201 .249
Howie Kendrick, 2B5010014 .301
Kole Calhoun, RF5120013 .276
Mark Trumbo, 1B5031013 .236
Chris Iannetta, C3010101 .226
Andrew Romine, 3B4100015 .242
Jerome Williams, P0000000 .000
   Buddy Boshers, P0000000 .000
   Cory Rasmus, P0000000 .000
   J.C. Gutierrez, P0000000 .000
   Dane De La Rosa, P0000000 .000
   Michael Kohn, P0000000 .000
Totals40513335  
Batting
3B - Kole Calhoun (2, Scheppers)
RBI - Mike Trout 2 (94), Mark Trumbo (100)
2-OUT RBI - Mike Trout (30)
Team LOB - 11
Fielding
Outfield Assists - Kole Calhoun 1
DP - Calhoun-Iannetta-Aybar, Calhoun-Iannetta-Aybar-Aybar-Trumbo, Calhoun-Iannetta-Aybar-Aybar-Trumbo-Aybar-Kendrick-Trumbo
E - Andrew Romine (3, Misplayed grounder)
Los Angeles (A.L.) Angels
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Jerome Williams 5933020 4.57
Buddy Boshers (H,6) 0.2111010 4.11
Cory Rasmus (BS,1) 0.1111100 5.66
J.C. Gutierrez 1000010 3.98
Dane De La Rosa 1000020 2.88
Michael Kohn (L,1-4) 0111001 3.74
Pitches-Strikes - Jerome Williams 75-50, Buddy Boshers 12-7, Cory Rasmus 15-8, J.C. Gutierrez 14-7, Dane De La Rosa 18-12, Michael Kohn 3-2
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jerome Williams 6-5, J.C. Gutierrez 1-1
Batters Faced - Jerome Williams 22, Buddy Boshers 3, Cory Rasmus 3, J.C. Gutierrez 3, Dane De La Rosa 3, Michael Kohn 1
Texas Rangers
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Ian Kinsler, 2B4120002 .277
Elvis Andrus, SS3110000 .271
Alex Rios, RF4000025 .277
Adrian Beltre, 3B4111011 .317
A.J. Pierzynski, C4021000 .273
Mitch Moreland, 1B3001021 .232
Craig Gentry, LF4130010 .272
David Murphy, DH2000001 .219
   a-Jeff Baker, PH-DH0000100 .283
   Adam Rosales, PR-DH0100000 .190
   b-Jurickson Profar, PH-DH1111000 .235
Leonys Martin, CF3022001 .262
Matt Garza, P0000000 .222
   Robbie Ross, P0000000 .000
   Tanner Scheppers, P0000000 .000
   Neal Cotts, P0000000 .000
   Joe Nathan, P0000000 .000
Totals32612616  
a-walked for Murphy in the 6th
b-homered for Rosales in the 9th
Batting
2B - Leonys Martin (21, Rasmus)
HR - Jurickson Profar (6, Kohn)
SF - Mitch Moreland (8)
SH - Elvis Andrus (14)
RBI - Adrian Beltre (91), A.J. Pierzynski (67), Mitch Moreland (60), Jurickson Profar (26), Leonys Martin 2 (49)
2-OUT RBI - Leonys Martin 2 (24)
SB - Craig Gentry (21, 2nd base off Rasmus/Iannetta)
Team LOB - 5
Fielding
Outfield Assists - Craig Gentry 1
DP - Andrus-Kinsler-Moreland
E - Adrian Beltre (14, Throwing), Ian Kinsler 2 (13, Throwing), Mitch Moreland (5, Misplayed grounder)
Texas Rangers
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Matt Garza 5.11141230 3.82
Robbie Ross 0.2000000 3.13
Tanner Scheppers (BS,2) 1211000 1.98
Neal Cotts 1000100 1.15
Joe Nathan (W,6-2) 1000020 1.46
IBB - Hamilton by Matt Garza
WP - Joe Nathan (4)
Pitches-Strikes - Matt Garza 110-71, Robbie Ross 7-3, Tanner Scheppers 8-6, Neal Cotts 15-9, Joe Nathan 14-10
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Matt Garza 6-8, Robbie Ross 1-1, Tanner Scheppers 2-0, Neal Cotts 2-1, Joe Nathan 1-0
Batters Faced - Matt Garza 30, Robbie Ross 2, Tanner Scheppers 4, Neal Cotts 4, Joe Nathan 3
Game Information
Attendance - 26198
Game Time - 3:22
Temperature - 89
Umpires - Home - Ted Barrett, First Base - Mike DiMuro, Second Base - Scott Barry, Third Base - Alfonso Marquez