Dickey's strong start fades

Rangers, Dickey fall to Angels

at Tempe, Ariz.
Wednesday, March 15

Rangers at the plate: Kevin Mench knocked in Joaquin Arias with a double to left and Brad Wilkerson plated two runs with a single to center. Ian Kinsler homered to center in the sixth.

Angels at the plate: Vladimir Guerrero knocked in a run in the third with a base hit and hit a solo home run in the fifth. In the fourth, Tim Salmon and Darin Erstad led off the inning with walks and Casey Kotchman followed with a three-run shot, his second home run of the spring. Orlando Cabrera hit a two-run homer.

Rangers on the mound: R. A. Dickey tossed two perfect innings before allowing five runs on five hits and three walks. The right-hander went a total of four innings and struck out one. Antonio Alfonseca allowed three runs on four hits, two of which were homers, in one inning.

Angels on the mound: John Lackey tossed three scoreless innings and allowed two baserunners, one on an error by Maicer Izturis and another on Kinsler's single. Lackey also struck out one. Brendan Donnelly did not allow a run but walked three in one inning of relief.

Cactus League records: Rangers 5-7; Angels 9-5.

Up next: The Rangers will host the Giants at 2:05 p.m. CT on Thursday, with right-hander Kameron Loe scheduled to face San Francisco right-hander Kevin Correia. The Angels will host the Cubs at 12:05 p.m. PT on Thursday. Right-hander Jeff Weaver is slated to go against Chicago left-hander Rich Hill.

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