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Wilson, Rangers overcome early struggles

Wilson, Rangers overcome early struggles

Wilson, Rangers overcome early struggles
PHOENIX -- The Rangers overcame a three-run homer in the first inning to tag lefty Dallas Braden for four runs en route to a 6-3 Cactus League victory over the A's on Friday at Phoenix Municipal Stadium.

Kevin Kouzmanoff's home run -- his first of the spring -- came off Texas' C.J. Wilson, who went three innings and surrendered three runs on five hits with two walks and a strikeout in his second spring start.

The Rangers went down quietly in the first against Braden before narrowing Oakland's lead to one on a two-run long ball from Taylor Teagarden in the second inning. A two-run single by first baseman Mitch Moreland in the third inning put Texas ahead for good.

Braden gave up four runs on five hits while striking out one in three innings, before being relieved by Brandon McCarthy. The A's righty, facing his former team for the first time, surrendered a triple to Julio Borbon in the fifth and promptly threw a wild pitch to bring Borbon home and extend Texas' lead to two.

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McCarthy fared better in his final two frames, as he exited his second spring appearance with one run, three hits and a strikeout attached to his name.

The A's came up empty against Texas' relief corps and managed just five hits after the first frame. Dave Bush, Arthur Rhodes, Mason Tobin and Brett Tomko combined for six shutout innings.

Up next for the A's: Lefty Brett Anderson and the A's will engage in a spring version of the Battle of the Bay, as the Giants visit Phoenix Municipal Stadium for a 12:05 p.m. PT matchup. Regulars Coco Crisp, Daric Barton, Mark Ellis and Josh Willingham are among those who will step up to the plate against Giants youngster Madison Bumgarner.

Up next for the Rangers: Colby Lewis pitched two shutout innings in his Cactus League debut, and he will take the hill against the D-backs on Saturday at 2:10 p.m. CT. Michael Kirkman, Darren O'Day, Pedro Strop and Ryan Tucker are also scheduled to pitch for the Rangers. Catcher Yorvit Torrealba, who has been slowed by a stiff lower back, could return to the lineup Saturday. Josh Hamilton, who was given the day off Friday, is also on tap to return to the lineup.

Jane Lee is a reporter for MLB.com. Read her blog, Major Lee-ague, and follow her on Twitter @JaneMLB. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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