8/13/2014 7:30 P.M. ET
Martinez scores rare winning run
By T.R. Sullivan / MLB.com
ARLINGTON -- For the second time this season, Rangers pitcher Nick Martinez was used as a pinch-runner. This time he ended up scoring the winning run on Tuesday night in the Rangers' 3-2 victory over the Rays.
"I just told him don't take any chances," manager Ron Washington said. "I didn't want him going base to base. I told him to use his instincts but don't do anything crazy. It's not any different than him running the bases against a National League team."
Martinez went in to run for Geovany Soto in the 14th inning after he reached on a one-out error by third baseman Evan Longoria. He went to second on a single by Rougned Odor and to third on a single by Shin-Soo Choo. He scored when Adam Rosales drew a four-pitch walk.
Martinez was an infielder at Fordham and was also used as a pinch-runner against the Nationals on June 1. He is the first Rangers pitcher to score a run as a pinch-runner since Bobby Witt on June 30, 1990 in Boston.
Soto gets night off after catching 14 innings
ARLINGTON -- Rangers catcher Geovany Soto was supposed to start on Wednesday, but manager Ron Washington gave him the night off after he caught 14 innings on Tuesday.
The Rangers were still encouraged that Soto was able to hold up that long after missing the first half of the season while recovering from surgery on his right knee. He also missed two weeks with a strained right groin muscle and has played just six games this season.
"I asked him a couple of times how he felt and he said pretty good," Washington said. "That's why he's not playing today. He was supposed to go back-to-back [games]."
Tuesday marked the first time a Rangers catcher has been behind the plate for 14 complete innings since 2011.
"I felt great, my legs felt good," Soto said. "I was surprised, the whole night I felt really good. I feel like I'm at full strength. I still feel like it's Spring Training for me, I'm getting ready and everybody else is in midseason form. But as far as my strength, I feel like I'm 100 percent."
Soto was 1-for-6 on Tuesday with a big double in the Rangers' two-run seventh-inning rally that tied the game. He is 2-for-13 since returning last Friday from the groin injury. He is 6-for-24 in six games overall.
"My timing is a little off," Soto said. "I'm working with [hitting coach Dave Magadan] trying to get the right path through the zone. It's a matter of getting good pitches to hit."
Rios, Choo may share right field, DH
ARLINGTON -- The Rangers' two most experienced outfielders were both in the lineup on Wednesday, but both are limited with a sprained ankle. Shin-Soo Choo has been dealing with a sprained left ankle since April and Alex Rios is bothered by his right ankle.
The result may be an unusual arrangement where they alternate between designated hitter and right field for the rest of the season. Rios was at designated hitter on Wednesday after being out of the starting lineup for the two previous games.
"We'll go day to day until we know what he can handle," manager Ron Washington said.
Choo, when he hasn't been used at DH, played exclusively in left field before the All-Star break. But he has been used more in right field since Rios originally injured the ankle on July 19 in Toronto.
"I'm more comfortable in right field," Choo said. "I missed a ball there [Tuesday] but I'm more comfortable there. I played right field all six years in Cleveland. I like playing just one position, but I understand the situation. I wouldn't mind playing center field if they need to give Leonys [Martin] a day off."
On Tuesday night, Choo was thrown out in the seventh inning trying to score from second base on Elvis Andrus' one-out groundball single to right field. Washington said the ankle was not an issue on the play.
"He didn't get a good jump and then looked back while he was running," Washington said. "That took away from him."
Hendricks sings Texas' Holman's praises
ARLINGTON -- Count Cubs pitcher Kyle Hendricks among those who give great credit to Rangers' Triple-A pitching coach Brad Holman. The two were together at Class A Myrtle Beach in 2012 prior to Hendricks being traded to the Cubs at the July 31 Trade Deadline for Ryan Dempster.
"I would sit next to him every day in the dugout and learn from him," Hendricks told Chicago reporters. "He was unbelievable. He did a lot to get me to this point."
Hendricks joined the Cubs rotation after pitchers Jeff Samardzija and Jason Hammel were traded to the Athletics and is 4-1 with a 1.73 ERA in five starts. Holman is in his second season at Round Rock.
• Rangers pitchers faced 51 batters on Tuesday night without allowing a walk. That's the most for one game in club history.
• The Rangers have now had two walk-off wins by a way of a bases-loaded walk. The other was April 2 with Shin-Soo Choo at the plate. The last time they had two such wins in a season was in 1987 with Darrell Porter at the plate.
• Jurickson Profar, who has been cleared begin a throwing program, was out early on Wednesday working on his defense with manager Ron Washington. He is sidelined for the season with a torn muscle in his right shoulder.
T.R. Sullivan is a reporter for MLB.com Read his blog, Postcards from Elysian Fields and follow him on Twitter @Sullivan_Ranger. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.