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Indians tag Rangers with four homers in Friday exhibition

Colby Lewis discusses throwing to Bryan Holaday and last spring outing

Rangers pitcher Colby Lewis talked about throwing to new catcher Bryan Holaday and feeling good after final spring start Friday at Globe Life Park (Video by Stefan Stevenson/Star-Telegram).
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Rangers pitcher Colby Lewis talked about throwing to new catcher Bryan Holaday and feeling good after final spring start Friday at Globe Life Park (Video by Stefan Stevenson/Star-Telegram).

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 manager Jeff Banister discusses the use of the bullpen on Friday night and catcher Bryan Holaday's first game with the club (Video by Stefan Stevenson/Star-Telegram).

Stefan Stevenson: 817-390-7760, @StevensonFWST

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