Two early homers held up behind Eddie Gamboa’s five solid innings as the Rangers beat the Mariners 3-2 Sunday afternoon at Surprise Stadium.
How Rangers pitchers fared: Gamboa allowed two unearned runs on five hits and a walk over five innings to earn his first win of the spring. He had six strikeouts. It’s arguably the best-pitched game by the Rangers in Cactus League play, which includes a dominating performance by the bullpen. Matt Bush pitched two perfect innings with two strikeouts. Keone Kela followed with two scoreless innings in which he walked one and struck out one.
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How Rangers hitters fared: Delino DeShields was on base all three times, including twice on singles. He scored a run and stole two bases to make him 7 for 7 in stolen base attempts this spring. Ryan Rua was 2 for 2 with a long home run to dead center field.
Carlos Gomez’s two-run homer to left in the third inning tied the game at 2-2. Rua’s homer in the fourth gave the Rangers the lead. A. J. Jimenez had two singles.