Jake Elmore made major league history Monday night.
The former Reno aces infielder became just the 14th player in major league history since 1936 to pitch and catch in the same game. Elmore, a middle infielder, caught four innings and pitched a shutout inning in a 1605 loss to the Texas Rangers.
"I'm just glad I didn't embarrass myself," the 26-year-old Elmore told the Associated Press.
Elmore was pressed into duty as a catcher when starting catcher Carlos Corporan -- another former Reno Aces player -- suffered a possible concussion.
"I told them about two weeks ago that I could catch," Elmore said. "So why not see if I could do it?"
The 5-foot-9 right-hander then took the mound in the blowout loss in the eighth inning. He pitched a perfect innings, tossing eight of 11 pitches for strikes and retiring Texas' Mitch Moreland, Jurickson Profar and David Murphy in order.
Murphy, an outfielder who has pitched in the major leagues, said, "He kept the ball below hitting speed and had good sink on his fastball."
Elmore also went 1-for-2 at the plate and scored a run.
"Elmore should probably be in the icetub, icing every part of his body," Astros manager Bo Porter said.
Elmore, who spent the bulk of first four months at Triple-A Oklahoma City, hitting .299, was acquired by the Astros last November from the Arizona Diamondbacks in a waiver deal. Elmore hit .344 in 419 at-bats with 30 doubles, nine triples and 32 stolen bases for the Aces in 2012.
Elmore, from Alabama, was a 34th round pick by the Diamondbacks in 2008.