Rangers’ rare 5-4 triple play is one for the books

Rangers third baseman Jurickson Profar starts one of the rarest triple plays you’ll ever see. More

Rangers third baseman Jurickson Profar starts one of the rarest triple plays you’ll ever see. More

It's the top of the fourth, bases are loaded and nobody is out.

And it's only the second triple play at Globe Life Park, with the last one taking place in 2002.

Rangers third baseman Jurickson Profar corralled the worm-burner with a diving stop, stepped on third for a force out, then tagged out a confused-seeming Taylor Ward as he strayed off third base toward home.

An unusual triple play from the Angels-Rangers game Thursday night. Profar then alertly threw to second in plenty of time for another force out - which completed the triple play and ended the inning - but no one besides Profar appeared to realize what had happened.

That's not all. Stats by Stats noted that this was the first big-league triple play without the batter being retired since June 3, 1912, when the Dodgers did it against the Reds.

"Every runner thought it was a line drive, so that's why we got the triple play", said Profar".

Said Ward, who was caught off third: "I tracked the ball into his glove, and it just hit the ground as it was going into his glove, so either way, I'm pretty much a dead duck, I feel like", Ward said.

"Odor, who sealed the triple, reflected on the confusion in the moment, telling MLB.com that a fellow teammate yelled "'tag, tag, tag'" at him even though the play was already made.

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