The Texas’ hit barrage was back in full swing Tuesday afternoon at Hohokam Stadium. The Rangers collected 15 hits, including four for extra bases, to rout the Oakland Athletics 10-3. The Rangers have had at least 10 hits in six of their first seven spring games.
Pitching: Starter Derek Holland allowed two unearned runs on three hits and a walk over three innings. The two runs came with two outs in the third. After a Billy Burns single, Coco Crisp’s long fly to deep right field was dropped by Nomar Mazara. Mazara caught the ball but lost it while transferring it to his throwing hand. Burns scored on the play and Crisp, who made it to third, scored on Jed Lowrie’s single to right before Holland ended the inning with a flyout to left. Jeremy Guthrie allowed two hits in two scoreless innings, his first action of the spring. Alex Claudio, Andrew Faulkner and Tony Barnette each worked scoreless innings of relief.
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Hitting: Delino DeShields had two hits, including a run-scoring triple to the gap in left-center in the third inning. Ryan Rua and Ryan Cordell started the ninth with consecutive doubles. Both later scored, on a sacrifice fly by James Jones and a single by Drew Robinson. Mazara went 1 for 3 to pad his team-leading total to eight hits this spring. Rua is second with six.
Notable: DeShields was picked off after his single in the first inning, his second time in the past three games. ... Rua, in left field, threw out Bruce Maxwell (by at least 10 yards) trying to stretch a single into a double in the eighth inning.
Rangers at Reds
2:05 p.m. Wednesday
RHP Chi Chi Gonzalez vs. RHP Michael Lorenzen