Phil Hughes (3-7) pitched well, yet has won just once in his last eight starts. He allowed five hits in eight innings after getting seven days’ rest following a rugged outing last week against the Dodgers.
The 20-year-old Profar, rated among the top prospects in baseball, led off the fifth with his third home run of the season.
Texas also scored following an unusual play in the third. David Murphy opened with a single and took off a full-count pitch as Profar took a checked-swing. Romine, the catcher, made a strong throw to second, Murphy was tagged and wandered off the bag, thinking he was out.
Plate umpire Gerry Davis checked with third base ump Mark Carlson, who ruled that Profar held up his swing and that it was ball four. Murphy was entitled to second on the walk, but was out because he walked off the bag on his own.
Texas manager Ron Washington briefly discussed the call with second base Dan Iassogna, then went back to the dugout.
NOTES: The Rangers have not scored in the first inning for 19 straight games. ... Yankees OF Brett Gardner got the day off. ... Rangers RHP Joakim Soria (Tommy John surgery) has retired all nine batters he’s faced in three minor league rehab assignments. He’s moving up to Triple-A Round Rock and is set to pitch on Friday. ... Texas RHP Alexi Ogando (shoulder inflammation) will throw a bullpen session Friday. ... RHP David Phelps (5-4. 4.01) starts for Yankees on Friday night at Baltimore. ... Texas rookie LHP Martin Perez (1-1, 3.65) starts at home on Friday night against Cincinnati RHP Johnny Cueto (4-1, 3.21).