It was Rosales' first start since July 30, and he only had two at-bats in the past two weeks. That wasn't the main reason Rangers manager Ron Washington started Rosales, though, as the manager cited Rosales' career numbers (4-for-7 with a home run) against White Sox starter Chris Sale.
"He's hit pretty well against Sale and I just hope it continues to hold true," Washington said.
The trend did in fact continue, with Rosales hitting a two-run homer off Sale in the second inning and finishing 1-for-3 with three RBIs off the southpaw.
Rosales entered Wednesday's game as a pinch-runner in the ninth inning and eventually scored the game-winning run. So it's been consecutive games of good news for the 30-year-old infielder.
"He certainly had a couple rough weeks, I know," Washington said. "But an opportunity presented itself again and we went and got him. That's one of his skillsets, he can run. And he can play a lot of positions, and I'm glad he's excited to get on the basepaths and score the winning run [Wednesday]."
Washington also said starting Rosales was just about his numbers against Sale and was unrelated to the recent slump of Jurickson Profar, who is hitting .184 (7-for-38) in his last 11 games and .210 (25-for-119) in his last 34.
The switch-hitting Profar has struggled all season against left-handers, batting .194 from the right side. Including Wednesday's series finale against the Astros, the Rangers are in a stretch in which they'll face five straight left-handed starters -- but that doesn't mean Profar is going to be on the bench for the next three games.
"He's still going to play, so I hope that gets better," Washington said.
Cash Kruth is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter at @cashkruth. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.