Nathan allows two runs in loss to Halos

Nathan allows two runs in loss to Halos

Nathan allows two runs in loss to Halos
SURPRISE, Ariz. -- The Angels scored two runs off Rangers reliever Joe Nathan in the sixth inning and held on for a 3-2 victory on Saturday afternoon at Surprise Stadium.

Nathan wasn't hit particularly hard. Peter Bourjos led off with a single, Alexi Amarista followed with a double and Kendry Morales bounced a one-out grounder through the right side for an RBI single. Nathan has allowed eight runs in five innings over five appearances this spring.

"I feel great," Nathan said. "My numbers wouldn't suggest that, but I may have a 20-something ERA, but who cares. I go off of feel. I go by how my pitches are coming out of my hand. The results take care of themselves."

Angels starter Ervin Santana, facing what easily could be the Rangers' Opening Day lineup, went five innings and allowed one run on five hits. He walked two, struck out two and lowered his ERA to 2.19 on the spring.

"They're an aggressive team," Santana said. "They've always been aggressive. They have the same team, they don't change anything. Just gotta play baseball and see what happens."

Ian Kinsler hit his third home run of the spring leading off the fifth inning. He is the first Rangers player to hit three home runs this spring. Josh Hamilton went 2-for-3 for his second straight two-hit game, and Brad Hawpe added a home run for the Rangers.

Rangers starter Greg Reynolds went five strong innings, allowing one run on two hits. He did not walk a batter and struck out four. Reynolds, the second overall pick of the 2006 First-Year Player Draft out of Stanford, was acquired from the Rockies in the offseason and will likely start the season in the Triple-A Round Rock rotation.

"It's just fun to compete, fun to have good stuff and feel you can execute," Reynolds said.

Up next: Mike Napoli will be behind the plate against his old teammates when the Rangers play the Angels at 3:05 p.m. CT on Sunday in Tempe. Napoli will be catching consecutive games for the first time this spring. He has been recovering from ankle and groin injuries. Yu Darvish will pitch in a intrasquad game back in Surprise.

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.