's 10th-inning homer provided the final margin, yet the
were left talking about the play of two rookies that helped them end a three-game skid.
gave the Rangers a strong start and shortstop
came up with big plays late to help Texas win 6-5 in 10 innings over the Houston Astros Friday night.
It was hard to say which rookie played best.
''I'd have to go with Elvis,'' Holland said. ''He made so many plays and that was really big. I felt good but my teammates
made plays behind me so I'd say Elvis was rookie of the day.''
''Both of the rookies played well,'' Washington said. ''But that double play Elvis started in the eighth inning, that saved
The Astros had two men on with one out when Andrus went hard to his right, stabbed a sharp grounder by
and had it flying to second baseman
at lightning speed.
''I just tried to get it over as quick as I could,'' Andrus said. ''I didn't know if we could get two or not but I was hoping.''
Holland was equally impressive for five innings, shutting Houston out until
homered to chase him in the sixth.
''(Holland) was as good as advertised,'' Washington said. ''He pounded the strike zone and just got a slider up a little to
Berkman. The guy (Berkman) is a great hitter.''
''I felt very good,'' Holland said. ''I didn't run out of gas. Just one pitch took me out of the game. It was a slider and
I left it up.''
Holland gave up three runs and five hits in 5 2-3 innings. He struck out four and was never in trouble until the sixth.
He even impressed Berkman, who was told many people consider Holland a rookie sensation.
''I can see why,'' Berkman said. ''The guy throws 95 mph from the left side. It seems like five or six years ago, if a lefty
threw 90, that was hard. Now they've got guys all over the league throwing 95 from the left side. He's one of them. His stuff
also praised Holland.
''We faced a pretty good looking left-hander,'' Cooper said. ''I thought he really pitched well and didn't give us much. It
was a great effort from him and from our club.
''We kept battling and gave ourselves a chance. We had first and second with one out and all we needed was a base hit, but
we just didn't get it.''
Cruz's ninth homer of the season came off
(1-2), who pitched the 10th inning.
Darren O'Day (2-0) threw 1 2-3 perfect innings for the win.
, who was activated from the disabled list before the game, pitched the 10th to earn his 10th save in 10 tries.
Texas built a 5-0 lead before Houston tied it with three runs in the sixth and two in the seventh.
started and allowed four runs and seven hits and two walks, striking out three. Paulino is now 0-4 with a 5.33 ERA in five
Texas got on the scoreboard with RBI singles by
in the third inning.
In the fourth inning, Andrus hit the first pitch he saw so hard, left fielder
never moved as he watched it sail into the Crawford Boxes. It was Andrus third home run of the season and gave the Rangers
a 3-0 lead.
's single chased Paulino for reliever
in the sixth inning. Jarrod Saltalamaccchia then hit Wright's first pitch out in left for a two-run homer that made it 5-0.
Houston closed it to 5-3 with Berkman's three-run homer in the sixth. It was Berkman's eighth homer of the season.
The Astros tied it 5-5 in the seventh inning on RBI singles by
was scratched from the Rangers lineup with a strained right shoulder and placed on the disabled list. Francisco was activated
off the disabled list to take Padilla's spot on the roster. CF
returned to the lineup after missing three games with a strained left groin. Astros RHP
will make another rehab start at Triple A Round Rock Saturday. Backe has been on the DL since March 27 with a left intercoastal
strain. ... Blum has had only one error in the last 76 games since July 26 of last year. His .994 fielding percentage in that
span is the best among major league third basemen.