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Kinsler, Young ignite Rangers in romp

Kinsler, Young ignite Rangers in romp

Kinsler, Young ignite Rangers in romp
SURPRISE, Ariz. -- Ian Kinsler's leadoff single in the first gave him a seven-game hitting streak and sparked a five-run rally that carried the Rangers to a 9-2 victory over the Athletics at Surprise Stadium on Wednesday.

The Rangers' first-inning outburst came off of Athletics pitcher Dallas Braden. The left-hander lasted just 2 2/3 innings, throwing 58 pitches, and has now allowed 11 runs on 13 hits over three starts this spring.

Three of the 11 runs are unearned, including two Wednesday. Braden started the afternoon by giving up singles to Kinsler, Elvis Andrus and Josh Hamilton. Nelson Cruz then hit a potential double-play grounder up the middle that shortstop Steve Tolleson let get through him for an error.

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Two runs scored on the play and Michael Young drove home two more with a double to right. Yorvit Torrealba's two-out double to right made it 5-0.

Kinsler, after going 1-for-4 on Wednesday, is now 9-for-22 so far this spring. Young was 2-for-3 and is 10-for-19 in Cactus League play.

Rangers starter Derek Holland pitched three scoreless innings to get the victory. Holland, in his second start of the spring, allowed two hits and struck out four. He threw 37 pitches, and 30 were strikes.

David DeJesus put the Athletics on the scoreboard with a home run to lead off the fourth against reliever Darren O'Day. Landon Powell led off the fifth with a home run off of Arthur Rhodes. Ryan Sweeney, who is coming off six-plus month of knee rehabilitation, played in his first Cactus League game and had two hits.

Up next for the A's: Two-time All-Star Andrew Bailey is slated to make his Cactus League debut on Thursday, when the A's play host to the Royals at Phoenix Municipal Stadium beginning at 12:05 p.m. PT. Bailey has been brought along slowly this spring while making his way back from minor elbow surgery. The right-handed reliever, who will see one inning of work, will be joined on the mound by scheduled starter Brett Anderson.

Up next for the Rangers: C.J. Wilson and David Bush pitch for the Rangers at 2:05 p.m. CT against the White Sox in Surprise. Phil Humber pitches for the White Sox. Ian Kinsler takes a seven-game hitting streak into the game. Mitch Moreland should also be back in the lineup after getting a day off on Wednesday. Moreland is hitting .348 with two home runs and six RBIs in nine games this spring. A free live webcast of the game can be heard on www.texasrangers.com.

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.

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