Erik Morrison capped a five-run Rangers sixth inning with a three-run home run off Yohan Pino that appeared to blow the game open. But Cleveland stormed back with a seven-run seventh, highlighted by Matt LaPorta's grand slam off Mark Hamburger -- who relieved a struggling Seth McClung -- and Jordan Brown's two-run double off Zachary Phillips. The Indians sent 13 batters to the plate during that inning.Indians starter Mitch Talbot was roughed up in his first Spring Training outing, allowing two runs on four hits and a walk. His afternoon started when Ian Kinsler bounced one over the left-field fence for a home run, his third in four games.
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Eric Hurley, also making his first outing of the spring for the Rangers, breezed through his two innings, retiring six straight hitters. He threw just 21 pitches.Indians fifth-starter candidate Josh Tomlin went three innings, allowing one run on four hits with two strikeouts.
Rangers Up Next: Opening Day starter C.J. Wilson makes his second start of the spring against the Athletics at Phoenix Municipal Stadium on Friday. David Bush is also scheduled to pitch. The Rangers will be facing two old teammates for this game as right-handers Brandon McCarthy and Willie Eyre are scheduled to pitch. McCarthy was with the Rangers organization for the past four years, but a series of injuries ruined the club's high hopes for him. Eyre was a reliever for the Rangers who had his career derailed by Tommy John elbow reconstruction surgery.
Indians Up Next: Staff ace Fausto Carmona is due to make his second start of the spring when the Tribe hosts Colorado at Goodyear Ballpark on Friday. Carmona hurled two shutout innings, allowing one hit, in the Cactus League opener Sunday against the Reds. Shin-Soo Choo is expected to start in right field after sitting several days with his hyper-extended left elbow.
T.R. Sullivan is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Postcards from Elysian Fields and follow him on Twitter @Sullivan_Ranger. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.Less