Profar doesn't get a hit, but produces

ARLINGTON, Texas -- Jurickson Profar didn't get a hit in his first game of the 2013 season.

But he made two productive outs, driving in both runs in what was an otherwise dismal 9-2 loss for the Texas Rangers against the Oakland Athletics on Monday night.

"He handled his at-bats well tonight," Rangers manager Ron Washington said. "We scored two runs tonight. He got both."

Profar tied the game in the third inning. Geovany Soto drew a leadoff walk and Leonys Martin followed with a double to put runners at second and third. Profar got the count to 2-2 and was able to sneak a ground ball past the pitcher to score Soto and tie the game at 1.

"Once I got two strikes, I knew I just had to get the run in," Profar said. "I tried to drive the ball but I missed my pitch. So I battled and tried to get it in play."

Profar came up again with runners at first and third and an out in the bottom of the fifth. He took a called strike, then hit a fastball to straight-away center field for a sacrifice fly. It was the Rangers eighth sac fly in 45 games.

"I was trying to be aggressive," Profar said. "He threw a pretty good pitch."

Profar grounded out to shortstop in his final at bat, making it an 0-for-2 night. He has three hits in 19 at-bats to start his big league career.

But the 20-year-old produced in must execute situations on Monday and that's a good start to his second tenure in the big leagues.

"We don't expect him to put us on his back," left fielder David Murphy said. "We know how talented he is and how productive he can be. He had a good night for us."