Grimm goes from MB to first big-league win in one year

Former Myrtle Beach Pelican Justin Grimm pitched six innings to win his major league debut for the host Texas Rangers in an 8-3 win over the Houston Astros.

Grimm (1-0), who spent most of last season at Class A Myrtle Beach, got the call to make a spot start for the Rangers on Saturday but may have done enough to earn a steady gig in the big leagues.

Grimm became the 11th pitcher in major league history to strike out seven or more hitters in his first start without walking a batter. He also became the first player in Rangers history to record five consecutive strikeouts in his debut.

Grimm fell behind early, giving up a first-inning solo homer to Jed Lowrie. But he retired 10 of the next 11 hitters, including a run of five strikeouts in a row. The rookie gave up three runs on six hits and struck out seven without a walk.

But the Texas batters made sure the rookie got to celebrate at the end of the night. Craig Gentry and Ian Kinsler led off the sixth with back-to-back base hits against Lucas Harrell (6-5), and Michael Young reached on a fielder’s choice to load the bases with one out.

Adrian Beltre delivered a two-run single to left field, and Nelson Cruz sent the next pitch over the wall in left-center field to give the Rangers a 5-3 lead. Kinsler singled home a run in the seventh inning and scored on a sacrifice fly by Young.

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