The Rangers beat the Indians, 3-2, on Monday in Surprise and have won a spring-best 3 straight games.
Kyle Gibson got the start for Texas and worked 2.0 scoreless innings with one strikeout and one walk in his first outing of the spring. He retired the side in order in the 1st inning and worked around a double and a walk in the 2nd. Robinson Chirinos, also playing his first Cactus League game, drove in the game’s first run with an RBI single in the 4th inning and doubled in his other at-bat. Kolby Allard relieved Gibson and logged 3.0 innings, striking out 5 and allowing 2 runs that were unearned due to a two-out error in the 5th inning.
Texas retook the lead for good in the bottom of the 5th, as Sherten Apostel hit an RBI single and Willie Calhoun delivered a sacrifice fly that proved to be the deciding run. Elvis Andrus walked and singled in his 2 plate appearances and is now 4-for-7 in 4 games this spring. Yadiel Rivera went 2-for-2 and scored a run as a reserve, as he has gone 7-for-11 in his last 8 games. Brett Martin (2.0 IP, 2 SO) and Edinson Vólquez (1.0 IP) posted scoreless mound appearances.
The Rangers travel to Scottsdale on Tuesday to face the San Francisco Giants, with first pitch from Scottsdale Stadium set for 2:05 p.m. CT. RHP Jordan Lyles is slated to make his Cactus League debut for the Rangers against Giants RHP Logan Webb (0-0, 4.50). Nashville play-by-play man Jeff Hem will be joined in the booth by Matt Hicks for a radio webcast that can be accessed on texasrangers.com and the MLB At-Bat app.