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Davis stays in a groove with grand slam

Davis stays in a groove with grand slam

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Davis stays in a groove with grand slam
PEORIA, Ariz. -- Orlando Hudson had three hits and drove in two runs and teammates Chris Denorfia and Jorge Cantu each knocked in three runs on Thursday night to lead the Padres to a 15-5 victory over the Rangers at Peoria Sports Complex.

With the Rangers down 14-1 in the seventh inning, Chris Davis slugged a grand slam off of Padres closer Heath Bell. Davis is now hitting .410 (16-for-39) with a club-leading four home runs and 15 RBIs. He has an .872 slugging percentage for the spring (34 total bases in 39 at-bats).

"He's swinging the bat well," manager Ron Washington said. "He looks relaxed and he looks comfortable."

The Padres (9-9-1) totaled 19 hits. They scored seven runs in the first two innings off Texas pitcher Michael Kirkman, who allowed nine runs (four earned) on eight hits over 2 1/3 innings. The Rangers (9-10-1) committed five errors in the game.

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San Diego pitcher Clayton Richard, in his second start of the spring, allowed one run in four innings with one walk and three strikeouts. Richard got six ground-ball outs.

"I thought it was a step in the right direction," said Richard, who didn't make his first start until Saturday because of left shoulder soreness.

"Things are going well. I'm excited about going out there again in five days."

The Padres' Cameron Maybin hit his first home run in Cactus League play. Maybin, who had two hits, also robbed Michael Young with a diving catch in right-center in the sixth inning.

Taylor Teagarden had an RBI double for Texas and Ian Kinsler added his fifth double of the spring.

Up next for Rangers: Outfielder Nelson Cruz is expected back in the lineup on Friday, when the Rangers play the Indians in Goodyear, Ariz. Cruz has missed a couple of days while tending to personal business and is trying to get on track at the plate. He is hitting .143 without a home run and just three RBIs in 13 games. Matt Harrison starts for the Rangers and it will be on MLB.TV.

Up next for Padres: The Padres head to Tempe, Ariz., on Friday to face the Angels. Pitcher Tim Stauffer was to get the start, but he's working through a sore right hip flexor suffered in his last start on Sunday. Instead, Dustin Moseley, a candidate for the fifth spot in the rotation, will get the starting nod. Moseley has a 2.08 ERA in three Cactus League appearances. He has struck out six in 8 2/3 innings.

Corey Brock is a reporter for MLB.com. Keep track of @FollowThePadres on Twitter. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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