Jurado (3-5) allowed three earned runs on seven hits and two walks while striking out three across four innings, but still earned the win Saturday against the Padres.
Jurado came out of the bullpen as the Rangers primary pitcher after Alex Claudio opened the game. Although all three of his earned runs came on a homer by Eric Hosmer, Jurado was working out of jams throughout this appearance, allowing multiple runners on base in all but one inning. He now has a 7.01 ERA and 1.69 WHIP across 43.2 innings.
Jurado's most recent appearance came as a starter last weekend against the Athletics, but he failed to escape the first inning and gave up five runs on four hits and two walks. The rookie found much more success in his last outing as a primary pitcher out of the bullpen Sept. 3 against the Angels -- he tossed four shutout innings and allowed two hits and a walk -- so the Rangers will return him to that role with the hope of getting a better performance from him. Alex Claudio will serve as the Rangers' opening pitcher Saturday and likely work around an inning or two before giving way to Jurado.
Jeffrey Springs will start the game as the Rangers opt to utilize the opener strategy, with Jurado set to follow. The change can only help the 22-year-old, who has a 6.69 ERA and 1.63 WHIP over seven starts in the majors this season.
Jurado (2-3) got the loss Tuesday, allowing four runs on 10 hits and a walk while striking out one over 5.2 innings against the Athletics.
Jurado got through 4.2 innings with just one run allowed, but he yielded another on a couple of hits and a walk in the fifth before giving up two more in the sixth. The rookie has allowed at least four runs in three straight starts with an even 5:5 K:BB in 16.2 innings in that span, bringing his ERA to an unsightly 6.40. He lines up to take on the Dodgers at home Wednesday in his next outing.
Jurado allowed six runs on nine hits and one walk while striking out three over six innings, taking a no-decision in an 8-6 win over the Angels on Thursday.
Jurado was lit up for six runs over the first 10 batters faced, then retired 13 of the final 16 batters with the help of an improbable triple-play in the fourth inning. He's allowed six runs in each of his last two starts, inflating his ERA from 4.02 to 6.41, which may be an indication the league has caught up to the right-hander who hadn't pitched above Double-A before joining the Rangers' rotation at the end of July. If the Rangers stick with their current six-man rotation, Jurado's next start will be Wednesday at Oakland.
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