Power surge continues for Rangers; Arencibia hits grand slam

Posted Sunday, Mar. 16, 2014  comments  Print Reprints

Monday’s game

Royals at Rangers

Where/When: Surprise Stadium, Surprise, Ariz., 8:05 p.m.

TV: KTXA/Ch. 21

Rangers pitching probables: LHP Matt Harrison, LHP Joe Saunders.

Royals pitching probables: RHP Yordano Ventura, RHP Greg Holland, LHP Tim Collins, RHP Kelvin Herrera, RHP Louis Coleman.

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The Texas Rangers’ power surge continued for a second consecutive day Sunday with 15 more hits, including four home runs and two doubles in a 14-8 win against the Chicago White Sox at Surprise Stadium.

It’s the first time this spring Texas (5-10-3) has won consecutive games.

In their last two games, the Rangers have collected 32 hits, including eight homers, eight doubles and a triple.

Alex Rios belted his first homer of the spring to start a five-run sixth for the Rangers.

Catcher J.P. Arencibia, who entered Sunday’s game batting .138 with two RBIs, hit his first home run of the spring, a grand slam that gave Texas an 8-3 lead. Arencibia hit the first pitch he saw from Zach Putnam over the wall in left field.

“In that situation I tried to be a little more aggressive,” Arencibia said. “It was a great swing, but I need to continue to work to iron out some things. I knew I hit it hard, but I didn’t know if it was enough to get over the fence.”

Texas added three runs apiece in the seventh and eighth innings as prospect Ronald Guzman and outfielder Brad Snyder each homered. Top prospect Nick Williams, who homered in his two at-bats Saturday, had an RBI single in the seventh.

“It’s just nice to see those guys’ bats starting to come around again,” Rangers manager Ron Washington said. “We’ve been waiting for it all spring. Not only those kids, but Snyder and [Bryan] Petersen,” who singled and walked in the game.

Mostly, though, Washington was happy to see Arencibia connect after such a slow start to the spring.

“That was very important for him,” he said. “He’s been struggling, but he’s been keeping his head up, and it was nice in a situation right there where we needed something to happen he was able to come through. I certainly hope that’s good for his confidence.”

Stefan Stevenson, 817-390-7760 Twitter: @StevensonFWST

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