Yasmani Grandal hit a two-out solo homer in the top of the ninth inning to cap a two-run Padres rally which briefly put the visiting team ahead.
Adrian Beltre hit a two-run single to put the Rangers ahead in the sixth. The Rangers trailed, 7-5, going into the sixth before rallying against reliever Kevin Quackenbush.
"I threw a couple of balls to Napoli that weren't good pitches, but results can be deceiving," Luebke said. "I thought I threw the ball better than that. Until the last inning, I was locating my fastball good, my changeup was good, and my slider was good, except one to Napoli. I wanted to work on my offspeed stuff, and I got that accomplished."Rangers rookie Robbie Ross, trying to win a spot as a left-handed reliever in the bullpen, started and gave up two runs in two innings of work. He allowed four hits and walked one. "I felt good, but I might have been up a few times," Ross said. "I got behind batters a few times, but I hit my spots OK." Yoshinori Tateyama had his first rough outing of the spring. He allowed five runs in two innings. A dropped fly ball by left fielder Brandon Snyder didn't help, but Tateyama also allowed three home runs. "My fastball is normally 89-90 mph, but today it was 86-88," Tateyama said. "Not good. Sometimes in Spring Training a pitcher doesn't feel as good, but you still have to get outs and pitch with what you've got." Michael Kirkman followed Tateyama and pitched two scoreless innings. He gave up a hit, walked one and struck out two.
Up next for Rangers: Left-hander Derek Holland pitches against the Royals at 8:05 p.m. CT on Wednesday. The game can be seen on MLB.TV. Alexi Ogando is scheduled to pitch in a Minor League game against the Dodgers. Ogando is scheduled to pitch six innings. This will be his last start before likely converting into a relief role.
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