The Cleveland Indians hit four home runs, including two solo shots against starter Colby Lewis, to beat the Texas Rangers 9-1 in an exhibition game Friday night at Globe Life Park. The teams play at 1 p.m. Saturday in the spring finale. The Rangers begin the regular season against the Seattle Mariners at 3 p.m. Monday at Globe Life Park.
Pitching: Colby Lewis allowed two solo homers in the second inning and left trailing 2-0 after just 3 1/3 innings. He walked three and allowed three hits with a strikeout in 63 pitches during his last spring appearance before the regular season. Tony Barnette took over and finished the fourth. Left-hander Andrew Faulkner started the fifth but recorded only one out after allowing five runs on four hits and a walk. He gave up a two-run homer to Carlos Santana to give the Indians a 7-0 lead. Tom Wilhelmsen replaced him for the final two outs of the fifth after allowing two hits. Jake Diekman gave up a solo homer to Francisco Lindor in the sixth. Sam Dyson and Shawn Tolleson each pitched scoreless innings in the seventh and eighth.
Hitting: The Rangers were held to four hits, including Ryan Cordell’s solo homer in the sixth inning. Delino DeShields legged out a double to lead off in the first but was stranded after Shin-Soo Choo struck out, Prince Fielder flew out to left and Adrian Beltre struck out looking. Texas also had its lead-off hitter on in the third and fourth innings. Lewis Brinson doubled to the left-field corner to start the eighth.
Notable: Friday’s game was the first to be played at Globe Life Park with the new LED lighting system ... 18,001 was the announced attendance.
Rangers vs. Indians
1:05 p.m. Saturday, KTXA/21
LHP Derek Holland vs. RHP Danny Salazar