Joey Gallo’s third hit of the spring was by far his longest, a three-run homer off Matt Garza that was the big blow in the Texas Rangers’ 8-5 victory Friday over the Milwaukee Brewers.
“I knew with a runner at first and second he was going to come after me,” Gallo said. “I was ready for it. I top-spinned the ball. I hit it well enough.”
Hitting: Gallo went 2 for 3 and scored twice to boost his spring average to .286. ... Delino DeShields had two hits, including a two-run triple in the Rangers’ five-run sixth. ... Robinson Chirinos added a two-run single as the Rangers broke open a 3-3 tie.
Pitching: Jeremy Guthrie allowed a leadoff homer but retired the next six batters in his second Cactus League appearance. He struck out three. ... Tony Barnette had his first hiccup of the spring, allowing two runs on four hits in the third inning. ... The only run Nick Tepesch surrendered in three innings was on a solo homer.
Notable: Alex Claudio loaded the bases in the eighth but escaped allowing only one run. He made the final out, throwing to first after a line drive struck him in the groin area. “Not one man standing here ever wants to be in that position,” manager Jeff Banister said.
vs. A’s, 2:05 p.m., Surprise Stadium
TV: KTXA/21. Radio: 105.3 The Fan.
Rangers probable pitchers: RHP Phil Klein, RHP Tom Wilhelmsen, RHP Keone Kela, RHP Steve Johnson, RHP Francisco Mendoza, RHP Jose Leclerc.
A’s probable pitchers: RHP Kendall Graveman, LHP Eric Surkamp, RHP Chris Smith, LHP Daniel Coulombe, RHP Angel Castro, RHP Ryan Doolittle, RHP Eduard Santos.