The Texas Rangers and Colorado combined for 22 hits (11 apiece) and eight errors in an often ugly affair that the Rockies eventually pulled out 8-6 Saturday at Salt River Fields.
Pitching: Martin Perez allowed four runs on seven hits with six strikeouts and no walks over five-plus innings, but he said afterward he liked the work he got in. Perez started the sixth but gave up consecutive doubles before Nick Martinez took over with a runner on third and no outs. Martinez walked his first batter on a 3-2 count before allowing a run to score with a wild pitch. A double and single helped the Rockies take a 6-5 lead with a four-run sixth inning. Both Perez and Martinez were each charged with two runs in the inning. The Rockies scored two more times in the seventh on two singles, a walk and two errors, including a throwing error by Martinez on a pick-off attempt at second base. Martinez allowed four runs (three earned) on four hits and two walks in three innings.
Hitting: Texas scored in the top of the first when Delino DeShields reached on an E6 and moved to third on Shin-Soo Choo’s ground-rule double to the left-field corner. DeShields scored on Ian Desmond’s sacrifice fly to center. In the fifth, Hanser Alberto walked and Chris Gimenez singled before Drew Robinson sac-bunted them over. Alberto slid safely home on DeShields’ foul-out down the right-field line to tie it at 2-2. The Rangers took a 4-2 lead with two runs in the sixth. Justin Ruggiano started it off by reaching on an E9 and Ryan Rua followed with a walk. Both moved up a base on a throwing error by the catcher on a pick-off attempt at second. Alberto singled to right to score Ruggiano and Rua scored on a sac fly to left. Alberto stole second base (his third of the spring) and then moved to third on another E2, this time on a throw in the dirt back to the pitcher. Alberto scored on Robinson’s double off the right-field wall.
Notable: Second baseman Pedro Ciriaco made a nice catch on a line drive and threw to first to double up Nick Hundley who was caught off first base in the second … In the fourth, the Rangers had Ciriaco set up perfectly in a shift behind second base, slightly shaded toward right field for Hundley, who tattooed a grounder directly at Ciriaco as if he was a bull’s-eye.
Rangers vs. Diamondbacks
3:05 p.m. Sunday/KTXA/21
RHP Colby Lewis vs. RHP Yoan Lopez