Dodgers blow 7-run lead, Rangers win 9-8

Rangers 15-5 win Red Sox

The Rangers overcame a 7-run deficit to beat the Dodgers, 9-8, on Sunday in front of a sellout crowd of 10,420 at Surprise Stadium. The Rangers tied their spring high with 14 hits and improved to 11-6 in Cactus League play.

After trailing 7-0 through 4 ½ innings, Texas scored once in the 4th and then sent 7 batters to the plate in consecutive innings, plating 4 runs in the 5th and 3 runs in the 6th to take an 8-7 lead. Todd Frazier’s solo home run off Kenley Jansen, his first of the spring, opened the scoring for Texas in the 4th. In the 5th inning, Shin-Soo Choo drove in Greg Bird with an RBI groundout, and Nick Solak later belted a 3-run home run to make it a 7-5 game. Solak has 5 RBI in his last 3 games. Blake Swihart’s RBI single in the 6th cut the deficit to one, and Isiah Kiner-Falefa ripped a 2-run double to right-center field later in the frame to put Texas in front. Kiner-Falefa then provided the go-ahead hit in the 8th inning, breaking an 8-8 tie with an RBI single. He entered the day tied for the Cactus League lead in hits, runs, and total bases, and is now 13-for-21 with 4 home runs and 11 RBI in his last 9 games. Jimmy Herget earned the save, working a scoreless 9th to give him 5.0 shutout innings through 5 ‘A’ game outings. Matt Duffy went 2-for-2 off the bench, as all 9 of his hits this spring have been singles. Jesse Chavez logged a scoreless 5th inning in his first ‘A’ game action of the spring.

Willie Calhoun was hit in the mouth by a 1-1 pitch from Julio Urias with 2 outs in the bottom of the 1st inning, and was taken to St. Joseph’s Hospital in Phoenix for further evaluation. The Dodgers scored 5 runs off Texas starter Jordan Lyles on a sunny and windy day in which multiple balls eluded Texas fielders. Lyles had 3 strikeouts, one walk, and allowed 5 hits in 3.1 innings, including a 2-run home run to Cody Thomas, the Cactus League leader in that category.

The Rangers host the Athletics on Monday night at 8:05 p.m. CT in Surprise. RHP Jonathan Hernandez (1-0, 3.86) is scheduled to start for Texas against Oakland RHP Chris Bassitt (1-1, 6.00). The game will air on Fox Sports Southwest, with Dave Raymond and C.J. Nitkowski calling the action and Emily Jones reporting.

From Rangers PR staff reports