Jurickson Profar made quite a debut at age 19, homering in his first major league at-bat and doubling his next time up as the Texas Rangers beat Cleveland 8-3 on Sunday.
Profar opened the third inning with a drive over the right-field wall, connecting on a 2-1 pitch from Zach McAllister (5-6). The teen finished two for four as a late substitute after second baseman Ian Kinsler was scratched with a stiff back.
Josh Hamilton, Adrian Beltre and David Murphy all hit solo home runs in the Texas fifth.
Derek Holland (10-6) gave up two runs over seven innings as the AL West-leading Rangers took two of three in the series. Texas matched its best record through 133 games, having also gone 79-54 in 1999.
Profar is the first player to homer his first time up in a Rangers uniform. The last player to do it in franchise history was Brant Alyea for the Washington Senators in 1965. The Senators moved to Texas in 1972.
ATHLETICS 6, RED SOX 2
Seth Smith hit a two-run homer, Stephen Drew hit his first home run since joining Oakland and the Athletics beat Boston for their season-best ninth straight win.
Brett Anderson (3-0) won his third straight start since returning from a 14-month absence to recover from Tommy John surgery. It was a big boost for the AL wild-card leading A’s down the stretch after losing Bartolo Colon to a 50-game suspension.
This is the club’s longest winning run since 10 in a row from June 8 to June 18, 2006, the last year the A’s reached the playoffs.
The A’s won their eighth in a row against the Red Sox to match their longest winning streak in the rivalry since the Philadelphia A’s did so from May 2 to May 28, 1932.
Daisuke Matsuzaka (1-4) was tagged for six runs and seven hits in 3-2/3 innings.
ORIOLES 8, YANKEES 3
Mark Reynolds hit a three-run shot in the sixth inning for his second two-homer game of the weekend series and the Baltimore Orioles closed in on the AL East-leading New York Yankees.
Randy Wolf (1-0) made his first appearance for Baltimore when starter Chris Tillman left with right elbow stiffness after the third inning. He helped the Orioles pull within two games of the Yankees with 3-1/3 effective innings.
Reynolds made the ballpark in the Bronx his personal launching pad in this key matchup between the top two teams in the division. He homered twice in Friday’s victory then got Baltimore on the scoreboard on Sunday when he hit a mammoth drive leading off the fifth inning.
Reynolds’ 16th homer with none out in the sixth finished Hughes (13-12) and put Baltimore ahead 5-3.
In other play, it was:
‧ Rays 9, Blue Jays 4
‧ Mariners 2, Angels 1
‧ Royals 6, Twins 4
‧ Tigers 4, White Sox 2
AP, ATLANTA, Georgia
Chipper Jones hit a three-run homer off Jonathan Papelbon with two outs in the ninth inning, capping a five-run rally that sent the Atlanta Braves over the Philadelphia Phillies 8-7 on Sunday.
The Phillies led 7-3 entering the ninth and seemed set to complete a three-game sweep.
Instead, the Braves boosted their wild-card position, coming back against Jeremy Horst and Papelbon (3-6).
Reed Johnson singled off Horst with one out for his third hit and Paul Janish walked. Papelbon struck out pinch hitter Lyle Overbay before walking Michael Bourn to load the bases.
Martin Prado’s grounder skipped past third baseman Kevin Frandsen for a two-run double before Jones hit his 14th home run deep into the right-field seats.