Texas Rangers

Royals blast Rangers in spring opener

Texas Rangers starting pitcher Colby Lewis allowed six runs in his one inning of work Wednesday, including three consecutive home runs.
Texas Rangers starting pitcher Colby Lewis allowed six runs in his one inning of work Wednesday, including three consecutive home runs. Star-Telegram

Pitchers: Colby Lewis allowed six runs on five hits, including three consecutive homers, before recording the game’s first out. Alex Claudio recorded two strikeouts and gave up a hit in his one inning of work. Yovani Gallardo allowed four earned runs on six hits in 1 2/3 innings, but his defense did him no favors with multiple misplayed balls.

Hitters: Ryan Ludwick homered to left-center in his first at-bat of the spring. Shin-Soo Choo drove in a run with a single through the right side in the third. Carlos Corporan added a double in the fifth. The Rangers were 1 for 9 with runners in scoring position.

Notable: Choo made a long, running catch in right field in the second. ... Lewis threw 36 pitches (20 strikes) in his lone inning. ... LF Ryan Rua misplayed a fly ball (or lost it in the sun) in the third, leading to a double. ... SS Hanser Alberto had a single and four assists, including a nifty stop near second base.

Thursday’s game

Rangers at Royals, 2:05 p.m. Surprise Stadium

Rangers: RHP Yu Darvish; RHP Ross Wolf; RHP Alec Asher; RHP Roman Mendez; RHP Spencer Patton; RHP Jon Edwards

Royals: LHP Brian Flynn; RHP Miguel Almonte; RHP Michael Mariot; RHP Ryan Madson; LHP Chris Dwyer; RHP Brian Broderick

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