Profar a spark again as Rangers sweep Mariners with 3-2 win
Texas Rangers' Jurickson Profar celebrates his run-scoring single that came off a pitch from Seattle Mariners' Hisashi Iwakuma in the fifth inning of a baseball game on, Sunday, June 5, 2016, in Arlington, Texas. The hit scored Jared Hoying. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)
ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) Jurickson Profar hit a tiebreaking single in a three-run fifth inning and the Texas Rangers beat the Seattle Mariners 3-2 Sunday, sweeping a three-game series between the top two teams in the AL West.
Profar, who had two hits, was in his second game at designated hitter as the replacement for benched slugger Prince Fielder.
Profar, the team's former top prospect, filled in when second baseman Rougned Odor served a seven-game suspension. Profar now has hits in all nine games with a .390 average in the leadoff spot since he was recalled from Triple-A Round Rock.
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Derek Holland (5-4) allowed two runs – on former teammate Nelson Cruz's two-run homer in the fourth – with six strikeouts in seven innings, both season highs for the left-hander.