SURPRISE, Ariz. — The Rangers lost to the Reds, 6-1, on Wednesday. The defeat snapped Texas’ 3-game winning streak overall, as well as a 5-game win streak at Surprise Stadium. Starter Adrian Sampson allowed just one run on 3 hits in 5.0 innings, his longest outing of the spring. He exited with the game tied 1-1 and lowered his spring ERA to 1.93 (3 ER/14.0 IP) in 5 games/2 starts. Overall, Rangers starters have posted a 1.57 ERA (4 ER/23.0 IP) in the club’s last 6 games.
The Rangers scored their only run in the 3rd inning on an RBI single by Rougned Odor. Odor has driven in a run in 3 consecutive games and has batted .414 (12-29) over his last 11 contests. The frame was keyed by a leadoff double from Delino DeShields, who extended his on-base streak to 13 straight games. DeShields has batted .382 (13-34) with 8 runs scored during the 13-game span. He has also scored a run in 3 straight and 5 of his last 6 games. Three of the Rangers’ 6 hits were doubles, ending the club’s streak of 21 straight singles dating to Sunday.
The Rangers will play a pair of 3:05 p.m. CT split squad games on Thursday against the Indians (in Surprise) and White Sox (in Glendale). LHP Drew Smyly (1-0, 1.69) will start in Surprise against Cleveland RHP Mike Clevinger (2-0, 2.79), while RHP Jason Hamme (2-0, 1.04) will toe the rubber in Glendale against the White Sox and RHP Iván Nova (0-2, 6.97). The game in Surprise will be televised on FOX Sports Southwest, with Dave Raymond and C.J. Nitkowski in the booth, and Emily Jones reporting.
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