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Profar homers in 1st career at-bat, Rangers down Indians

Sep 2, 2012 - 11:14 PM Cleveland, OH (Sports Network) - Highly touted prospect Jurickson Profar homered in his first major league at-bat, and the Texas Rangers beat the Cleveland Indians, 8-3, in the rubber match of a three-game series at Progressive Field.

The scrawny Profar, the first player born in 1993 to appear in the majors, began his big league career by crushing Zach McAllister's 2-1 fastball about 15 rows into the right-field seats.

"I didn't feel any pressure," Profar said. "I got a fastball and put a good swing on it."

Profar's leadoff blast opened the scoring and ignited a four-run third inning that also included David Murphy's two-run single.

Murphy added a solo home run in the fifth, extending Texas' lead to 7-2 after McAllister (5-6) surrendered back-to-back homers to Josh Hamilton and the red- hot Adrian Beltre earlier in the frame. Beltre entered play batting .500 (20- for-40) with seven homers in his last 10 games.

Elvis Andrus matched Murphy with three hits Sunday and scored on Michael Young's eighth-inning double.

Ohioan Derek Holland (10-6) tossed seven strong innings for the AL West- leading Rangers, scattering seven hits with two walks and six strikeouts. Carlos Santana's two-out, two-run homer in the third was the lone blemish on the left-hander's afternoon.

McAllister allowed seven runs on 11 hits and walked two in five innings for the Indians, who haven't won a series since July 24-26 against Detroit.

"Zach didn't have very good stuff today," said Cleveland manager Manny Acta.

Cleveland's Thomas Neal recorded his first major league hit with an RBI double in the eighth.

Game Notes

Profar debuted for the Rangers at 19 years, 195 days old -- the exact same age as Washington's Bryce Harper. He became the first teenager to play a game for the Rangers since Ivan Rodriguez (19 years, 309 days) in 1991 ... Profar, who also doubled, batted ninth and played second base ... Texas second baseman Ian Kinsler was a late scratch with a stiff back ... Andrus extended his hitting streak against the Indians to 29 games, the longest against one opponent in Rangers history ... Texas manager Ron Washington picked up his 506th career win, tying Johnny Oates for second place in team history.

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    Sep 2 4:02 PM

  • Brent Lillibridge flied out to center to end the inning.

    Rangers 8, Indians 3  End 8Sep 2 3:43 PM

  • Michael Young double to right scored Elvis Andrus with one out. Runner on second and Josh Hamilton due up.

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  • Jurickson Profar flied out to left to end the inning.

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  • Adrian Beltre none-out, solo Home Run (27) to left. Nelson Cruz due up.

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  • Josh Hamilton lead-off Home Run (37) to right. Adrian Beltre due up.

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  • Carlos Santana two-out, two-run Home Run (14) to left scored Jason Kipnis. Russ Canzler due up.

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  • David Murphy single to right scored Josh Hamilton and Nelson Cruz with two outs. Runner on first and Mitch Moreland due up.

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  • Nelson Cruz ground-rule double to right scored Michael Young with two outs. On the play, Josh Hamilton advances to third. Runners on second and third and David Murphy due up.

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  • Jurickson Profar lead-off Home Run (1) to right. Elvis Andrus due up.

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