Rangers power up late to edge Cubs

Rangers power up late to edge Cubs

at Mesa, Ariz.
Tuesday, March 7

Rangers at the plate: Phil Nevin and David Dellucci hit back-to-back homers in the sixth, and Drew Meyer added a solo shot in the eighth. Meyer also hit a sacrifice fly in the ninth. Gerald Laird tripled and scored on Joaquin Arias' sacrifice fly.

Cubs at the plate: In his first at-bat this spring, John Mabry hit a two-run double in the second. Michael Restovich led off the sixth with his first homer.

Rangers on the mound: Starter Josh Rupe gave up two runs on five hits over three innings. Ron Mahay gave up one hit and two walks over two scoreless innings.

Cubs on the mound: Greg Maddux walked three over two scoreless innings in his first spring start. He struck out one. Brian Boehringer, who did not pitch last year and was a late addition to camp, gave up three runs on four hits in one inning.

Cactus League records: Rangers 3-2; Cubs 4-2

Up next: The Cubs play host to San Diego on Wednesday at HoHoKam Park. Left-hander Glendon Rusch is scheduled to start for Chicago against Padres right-hander Woody Williams. The Rangers will play host to the Oakland Athletics in Surprise. Right-hander Edison Volquez will start for Texas against Joe Blanton.

Carrie Muskat is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.