Rookie Bonilla impresses to earn start vs. Astros

Rookie Bonilla impresses to earn start vs. Astros

ARLINGTON -- The Rangers want one more look at rookie starter Lisalverto Bonilla, who will make his third Major League start on Wednesday night against the Astros, interim manager Tim Bogar said before Monday's series opener.

Bonilla made his first start on Sept. 13, filling in for the injured Scott Baker, and gave the Rangers six solid innings to earn his first victory in the Majors. Bonilla followed that start with a five-inning win in Anaheim, holding the Angels' formidable lineup to only two runs on two hits and four walks.

"We figured he deserved another chance to get one more start before the end of the season," Bogar said.

Bonilla was 4-2 with a 4.10 ERA in 74 2/3 innings with Triple-A Round Rock this season, but he made only six starts with 33 relief appearances. He is a long way from being a favorite for the Rangers' rotation in 2015, but Bonilla's two starts for Texas have at least given the club reason to discuss his future as a starter.

"It would be smart for us to do that," Bogar said. "I think what he's done at this level the first two starts has kind of put him on the map that way. He gets lumped in with all the other guys to decide what we're going to do with the last few spots of our starting rotation."

Bonilla struck out seven batters in 11 innings in his previous two starts, allowing only six hits.

"His poise is very good out on the mound," Bogar said. "I don't think much bothers him."

Dave Sessions is a contributor to This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.