Barajas leads Rangers over Royals

Barajas leads Rangers over Royals

Rangers 9, Royals 8
at Surprise Stadium
Surprise, Ariz.

Saturday, March 4

Royals at the plate: Doug Mientkiewicz went 2-for-3 with a two-run triple in the first and an RBI single in the fifth. Shane Costa was 2-for-4 with an RBI.

Rangers at the plate:. Rod Barajas hit his first home run of the spring and had a two-run double in the fourth. Travis Metcalf had a two-run double to tie the game in the top of the eighth, then scored the go-ahead run on Joaquin Arias' RBI single. Jason Botts smashed a three-run home run in the ninth.

Royals on the mound: Runelvys Hernandez started and retired six of eight hitters, including two on strikeouts. He gave up the home run to Barajas. Joe Mays, trying to crack the Royals rotation, allowed two runs on four hits in 1 2/3 innings.

Rangers on the mound: Adam Eaton allowed two runs on four hits in 2 1/3 innings but saved himself further trouble by picking off Esteban German at third base on an attempted double steal in the second inning. R.A. Dickey allowed two runs on four hits and three walks in two innings.

Cactus League records: Royals 1-1; Rangers 1-1

Up next: Finally a different opponent for both teams. The Rangers are back in Surprise Stadium, playing the Milwaukee Brewers at 2:05 p.m. CT on Saturday with Vicente Padilla pitching against Doug Davis. The Royals are on the road to Tucson with Scott Elarton pitching against the Colorado Rockies in a 2:05 p.m. CT start at Hi Corbett Field.

T.R. Sullivan is a reporter for This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.