The Rangers have two spring games left in Arizona after Monday night’s 5-4 loss in the bottom of the ninth to the Dodgers at Camelback Ranch. Texas finishes with games at 3 p.m. Tuesday against the White Sox (back at Camelback Ranch) and 2 p.m. Wednesday in the finale against the Royals at Surprise Stadium.
The Rangers fly home Wednesday evening and have a day off Thursday before starting a two-game exhibition series with the Cleveland Indians Friday night at Globe Life Park in Arlington. The season opener is at 3:05 p.m. April 4 against the Seattle Mariners in Arlington.
Pitching: Derek Holland was breezing through the Dodgers’ lineup for four innings Monday night and was nearly out of a jam in the fifth when Justin Turner’s two-out grand slam tied it at 4-4. Two singles and a fielding error on third baseman Drew Robinson loaded the bases with no outs. But Holland got two outs, the first a throw home for a force out by Robinson and a pop up to Rougned Odor at second before Turner came to the plate and knocked out a 1-1 pitch. Holland had pitched nine consecutive scoreless innings, including five innings in his previous start. Holland allowed four runs on six hits and a walk with two strikeouts. Tony Barnette, Andrew Faulkner and Jake Diekman each pitched scoreless innings of relief. Barnette and Faulkner had a strikeout apiece and Diekman walked the lead-off hitter before getting a fly out and double play.
Minor league right-hander Jefri Hernandez pitched the ninth and allowed a walk-off single to Charlie Culberson, which scored the winning run from second.
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Hitting: Ryan Rua’s solo homer in the second gave the Rangers a 1-0 lead. Rougned Odor followed Ryan Strausborger’s infield single and Elvis Andrus’ walk with a three-run homer to left. It was Odor’s fourth homer this spring. He had three in Friday’s game. Andrus and Strausborger each had a single and walk.
Notable: In the third, Kike Hernandez and the Dodgers’ fans at Camelback Ranch thought he had a two-run homer down the line in left. But the umpiring crew overruled it and called it foul ball, if a little late. Hernandez eventually reached on a fielder’s choice when Elvis Andrus threw to third get Charlie Culberson ill-advisedly trying to move over on Hernandez’s grounder to short. Holland got a strikeout to end the scoreless inning.
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