Young players give Rangers a lift in win over Arizona

Young players give Rangers a lift in win over Arizona

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ARLINGTON, TX - MAY 30: Justin Grimm #51 of the Texas Rangers pitches in the first inning of the interleague game against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington on May 30, 2013 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Rick Yeatts/Getty Images)

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by GEORGE RIBA

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Posted on May 30, 2013 at 10:31 PM

ARLINGTON -- The Texas Rangers needed someone to step up and stop their three game losing streak, and that's exactly what pitcher Justin Grimm was able to do Thursday.

His performance wasn't perfect, but great run support allowed him to win his fifth game on the year. That leads all American League rookies.

“It's just one of those outings,” Grimm said. “If I had gone out and given up three in the first and finished it out with five scoreless, I would have felt better about it, but I’m going to chose to look at the first five innings - all the positives - and keep being aggressive.”

The veterans have noticed the rookie's moxie.

“He gets better every time out,” said Rangers catcher A.J. Pierzynski. “You can see that. You can see it in his confidence and the way he walks around the mound. He just continues to get better, and that's what you look for in young guys. He seems to make better and more quality pitches every outing and it's nice to see.”

It wasn't just Grimm that gave the team a lift Thursday. Other young players continue pitch in as well. Infielder Jurickson Profar extended his hitting streak to six games with three hits, and Leonys Martin added two hits, as well.

“They did a good job,” said Rangers Manager Ron Washington. “Profar hit a couple of good pitches and stayed down on some pitches. Martin fought for his at bats. Grimm did a great job on the mound."

“We have a great team,” Profar said. “We have great guys here, and I'm young. I want to learn from anybody, we have [Adrian] Beltre, [Elvis] Andrus, [Nelson] Cruz; we have a lot of great players in here."

“I feel comfortable right now, because I'm able to play more games in a row,” said outfielder Leonys Martin. “That's very important for a young player.”

And while Martin is feeling more comfortable, Washington would be more at ease if all of his injured veterans came back soon.

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