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Despite runs, Martin Perez happy with last spring start in Arizona

Rangers lefty Martin Perez says he's ready for regular season

Martin Perez left his start Saturday feeling as if he has found the form he wants for the regular season (video by Jeff Wilson).
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Martin Perez left his start Saturday feeling as if he has found the form he wants for the regular season (video by Jeff Wilson).

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.

Rangers manager discusses Martin Perez's start and Nick Martinez's relief appearance in Saturday's 8-6 loss to the Rockies (Video by Stefan Stevenson/Star-Telegram).

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.

Stefan Stevenson: 817-390-7760, @StevensonFWST

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