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Beltre goes deep as Rangers rout sloppy A’s

Rangers star Adrian Beltre explains his hot start

Third baseman Adrian Beltre hit a three-run homer Saturday, continuing his hot start (video by Jeff Wilson).
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Third baseman Adrian Beltre hit a three-run homer Saturday, continuing his hot start (video by Jeff Wilson).

The Texas Rangers took advantage of some dicey Oakland defense in a four-run sixth inning Saturday en route to a 14-5 victory at Surprise Stadium.

The big blow was Adrian Beltre’s first spring homer, a three-run shot to right-center field as the Rangers broke open a 3-2 game after two innings. Phil Klein allowed two unearned runs in the first inning in his third appearance of the spring.

Hitting: Beltre bumped his average to .500 this spring by going 2 for 3. He drove in four runs. ... Shin-Soo Choo and Prince Fielder each had a hit and scored a run, and Ian Desmond singled and scored twice. ... Brett Nicholas, a catcher in his first big-league camp, walked twice and score a run as the No. 9 hitter.

I see a guy that’s moving around well, putting his foot down well, and the swing is there.

Manager Jeff Banister on Adrian Beltre

Pitching: Klein has allowed five runs (three earned) in three Cactus League appearances and remains part of the large contingent vying for the fifth spot in the rotation. ... Keone Kela tossed a scoreless inning in his first appearance of the spring. He walked one and struck out two while throwing 23 pitches.

Notable: Oakland committed five errors and three wild pitches. ... Ron Washington returned to Surprise Stadium for the first time since the spring of 2014, his final season as Rangers manager. Oakland’s third-base coach is a member of the Surprise Stadium Hall of Fame.

Sunday’s game

at Angels, 3:05 p.m., Diablo Stadium, Tempe, Ariz.

TV: None. Radio: KRLD/105.3

Rangers probable pitchers: LHP Derek Holland, RHP Sam Dyson, LHP Jake Diekman, RHP Anthony Ranaudo, RHP Jose Leclerc.

Angels probable pitchers: RHP Matt Shoemaker, RHP Fernando Salas, RHP Cam Bedrosian, RHP A.J. Achter, LHP Rob Rasmussen, LHP Greg Mahle, RHP Ramon Ramirez.

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