ARLINGTON (June 16, 2012) - Nelson Cruz hit a towering three-run homer the pitch after Adrian Beltre's two-run single and the Texas Rangers went on to an 8-3 victory over the Houston Astros, making Justin Grimm a winner in his major league debut Saturday night.
Rookie Lucas Harrell (6-5) had held Texas scoreless until those consecutive one-out pitches in the sixth, right after a botched rundown loaded the bases instead of getting out the lead runner.
Grimm (1-0), whose contract was purchased earlier in the day from Double-A Frisco, allowed six hits and three runs over six innings. The 23-year-old right-hander struck out seven without a walk.
After giving up a two-out solo homer to Jed Lowrie in the first, Grimm struck out five consecutive batters.