Rangers fall short against A's

Rangers fall short against A's

at Phoenix
Tuesday, March 28

A's at the plate: Third baseman Eric Chavez singled in the second inning and singled in a run in the third. Center fielder Mark Kotsay also had an RBI single, and designated hitter Frank Thomas capped Oakland's four-run third inning with a sacrifice fly. Thomas also hit a sacrifice fly in the fifth and has three RBIs in two Cactus League games. Pinch-hitter Marco Scutaro added a two-out RBI single in the sixth. John Baker singled and later scored on a wild pitch in the eighth, and Dan Johnson capped the A's scoring with an RBI single later in the frame.

Rangers at the plate: Third baseman Mark DeRosa opened the scoring with a towering solo homer with two out in the top of the first inning; it was his second homer of the spring. Texas made it 5-2 in the sixth when Adrian Brown tripled and scored on a sacrifice fly by D'Angelo Jimenez. Phil Nevin added a homer in the ninth.

A's on the mound: Righty starter Joe Blanton, who was 0-3 with a 9.58 ERA in his first four outings, had his best start of the spring. He allowed two runs on four hits while striking out five without a walk over six strong innings to get the win. Jay Witasick was perfect in the seventh inning and shook off a pair of walks in a scoreless eighth.

Rangers on the mound: Righty starter Juan Dominguez cruised through the first two innings before giving up four runs in one of the subtlest rallies you'll ever see: walk, walk, single, infield single, walk, infield single and sacrifice fly. Dominguez went four innings and allowed five hits while striking out one.

Cactus League records: A's 13-15; Rangers 10-14-1.

Up next: A's lefty Barry Zito makes his final start of the spring on Wednesday when Oakland hosts the Giants, who will start righty Jason Schmidt in the 12:05 p.m. PT game at Phoenix Municipal Stadium.

The Rangers will start righty Adam Eaton at Surprise Stadium against San Diego righty Jake Peavy on Wednesday at 2:05 p.m. CT.

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