ARLINGTON, Texas — Elvis Andrus had never stepped up to bat with a fifth infielder staring in at him. He still knew exactly what he wanted to do when it happened to him for the first time Wednesday night.
With the bases loaded and one out — and with Houston Astros left fielder Chris Carter moved in to play first base — Andrus sent a ball soaring into left-center field for sacrifice fly that scored pinch runner Adam Rosales and lifted the Texas Rangers over the Houston Astros 5-4.
“It made it easier. You don’t really have to hit it anywhere, you just have to make sure you hit a fly ball,” he said. “I had to stay focused and stay sure of my swing. He threw me one high enough and I was happy to be able to bring the run in and win the game.”