Four homers not enough for Rangers

Four homers not enough for Rangers

at Surprise, Ariz.
Monday, March 27

Mariners at the plate: Roberto Petagine had a two-run double to cap the Mariners' six-run first inning. He also had a double in the sixth inning that scored Corky Miller from first base. Just as significant was Petagine dashing to third base on the relay throw to the plate. Manager Mike Hargrove has been emphasizing more aggressive baserunning in Spring Training.

Rangers at the plate: The Rangers hit four home runs. Laynce Nix hit a grand slam in the first inning and a solo home run in the sixth. David Dellucci hit a home run in the fifth, and Kevin Mench hit his seventh home run of the Spring. Nix just missed a third home run with a double off the top of the wall in the eighth and finished with eight RBIs.

Mariners on the mound: Mariners starter Gil Meche gave up five runs on four hits and three walks in five innings of work. Two of the hits were home runs. Julio Mateo, in his second outing since missing 11 days because of a death in the family, pitched one inning and gave up two home runs.

Rangers on the mound: Rookie Edinson Volquez had a chance to enhance his bid to win the fifth starter spot, but had a strange outing. He gave up seven hits to the first eight batters and fell behind, 6-0, in the first inning. Then he retired eight of the next ten hitters, allowing just two walks.

Cactus League records: Mariners 10-15, Rangers 10-13.

Up next: Juan Dominguez and R.A. Dickey are scheduled to pitch for the Rangers against the Oakland Athletics at 1:05 p.m. MT on Tuesday at Phoenix Municipal Stadium. Joe Blanton starts for the Athletics. The Mariners host the Cubs at 1:05 p.m. MT in Peoria. Felix Hernandez was supposed to pitch, but was scratched because of shin splits. Rookie left-hander Thomas Oldham starts instead.

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