Colby Lewis saved his best for last, at least in the spring, and Matt Bush was again impressive in relief as the Texas Rangers beat the Arizona Diamondbacks 5-4 Sunday afternoon at Surprise Stadium.
Prince Fielder and Robinson Chirinos combined for half the Rangers’ 12 hits, including a three-run homer by Fielder in the fifth inning.
Pitching: Lewis pitched his best game of the spring after holding the D’backs to four runs on six hits and a walk over 6 2/3 innings. Lewis is expected to pitch in one of two exhibition games against the Indians at Globe Life Park on Friday-Saturday. Lewis struck out six and allowed two solo homers. The second one led off the seventh inning. In five previous spring starts, Lewis hadn’t lasted longer than 4 2/3 .
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Matt Bush pitched another scoreless inning despite allowing a leadoff double in the eighth. He walked one and had a strikeout, which included a fastball clocked at 100 mph. Keone Kela struck out two in a perfect ninth.
Hitting: Fielder and Chirinos each had three hits. In the sixth, Elvis Andrus led off with a single, moved to second on a wild pitch and scored on Chirinos’ single to make it 5-2.
Notable: Fielder doubled his RBI total this spring to six. ... Five wild pitches were thrown, including two by Lewis. ... Ian Desmond made six putouts in center field, although he lost one in the sun near the track in right-center.
Rangers at Dodgers
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