It was one of those spring games, Rangers manager Jeff Banister said afterward. The San Diego Padres pounded out 22 hits, including 11 against starter Colby Lewis, en route to a 17-5 win Tuesday afternoon at Peoria Sports Complex. The Rangers have lost six consecutive games in Arizona. Multiple hits for both teams were aided by either strong wind (for homers or out of fielders’ reach) or sun, which helped several would-be outs drop.
Pitching: Lewis allowed runs in each of his first four innings before leaving after 4 2/3 . The Padres collected 11 hits against Lewis, including two homers and four doubles. Even Padres pitcher and former TCU star Andrew Cashner had a double against Lewis. Nick Tepesch didn’t fare any better in 1 2/3 innings. He allowed six runs on a walk and seven hits, including three doubles and a triple. Cashner allowed two runs on seven hits in six innings for the Padres.
Hitting: Shin-Soo Choo went 2 for 4 in the leadoff spot and Elvis Andrus was 2 for 2 with a walk. Rougned Odor, Ryan Rua and Drew Stubbs each doubled and James Jones had run-scoring triple into the right-field corner. Odor stole third base before scoring on Mitch Moreland’s sacrifice fly in the first. Hanser Alberto’s two-run homer in the seventh was his first of the spring.
Notable: Center fielder Delino DeShields left Tuesday’s game after the top of the fifth inning with mild right biceps tendinitis. He is day-to-day.
Rangers vs. Cubs
3:05 p.m. Wednesday, FSSW
LHP Derek Holland vs. RHP Kyle Hendricks