The Rangers didn’t knock five homers, as they did Thursday afternoon against the Reds, but they slugged their way to another lopsided win Thursday night at Hohokam Stadium.. A.J. Griffin held Oakland to a run on four hits over five innings as Texas rolled to a 12-1 win.
Pitching: Griffin had his best outing of the spring after holding the A’s to one run on four hits, including a solo homer in the second by Khris Davis. After a single followed the homer, Griffin induced a 4-6-3 double play to end the inning. Afrer a single and walk in the fifth, first baseman Ryan Rua started a 3-6-1 double play. It was the only time a runner moved beyond second base against Griffin besides the homer. Cesar Ramos allowed two hits in three scoreless innings out of the bullpen.
Hitting: Ian Desmond, Robinson Chirinos and Hanser Alberto each had two hits as Texas pounded out 13 hits. The Rangers had five extra-base hits, including doubles by Shin-Soo Choo, Chris Gimenez and Desmond. Pedro Ciriaco and Alberto had triples. Ron Guzman, who had a three-run homer in Thursday’s afternoon game, drove in two runs with a pinch-hit single in the eighth. Ciriaco’s triple to left drove in two in the fourth. Alberto’s triple to center field scored two runs in the fifth and helped build a 9-1 lead.
Notable: Griffin took a batted ball off his left leg in the first but remained in the game after taking a couple warmup pitches. Griffin said the ball hit the side of his leg, not directly on the shin bone ... In two games on Thursday, Texas outscored its opponents 24-6 and outhit them 27 to 13.