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Jurickson Profar was one of only two Rangers who got a single off Straily, and the pitcher picked him off. He had two three-ball counts, none after the first inning.
"I was really myself out there," Straily said. "It felt different. I had confidence to start the game. I was not going to let 'hurting myself' be what happened in the ballgame. The last few times out, I walked people, hit people. I wasn't getting hit hard. I was hurting myself. Tonight, my goal was to fill up the strike zone."
Straily was aggressive and efficient with his pitches. He struck out five, Andrus and Mitch Moreland twice, and walked nobody. He threw 88 pitches, 63 for strikes, and reached seven innings for the first time.
He said he's never been more confident as a big-leaguer.
"Any time you're a young player and not having the type of success you would like to have, yeah, you want to have one of these games where you go out and believe," Melvin said. "It would've been nice to give him three, four, five runs for a little breathing room. But who knows? Maybe that's what he needed, an outing where he had to be borderline perfect."