Rangers edge Diamondbacks 7-6 in Scottsdale

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The Rangers beat the Diamondbacks on Saturday at Salt River Fields in Scottsdale, 7-6, for the club’s second straight win.  Texas set spring highs for runs and hits (8) in the team’s first 9-inning game of the Cactus League season.

Ronald Guzmán hit his second home run of the spring to lead off the 5th inning, giving Texas a 3-0 lead at that point.  Guzmán now has a 4-game hit streak to begin Spring Training at 4-for-7 with 2 home runs, 2 RBI, 2 walks, and one strikeout.  Rougned Odor provided the game’s first runs with a 2-run double in the 4th inning, a blast that went high off the extended wall in dead center field.  Odor has hits in 2 of his last 4 plate appearances over the past 2 games.  Nick Solak finished the day at 1-for-3 with a run scored, as he has hit safely in 3 of his first 4 games this spring.  Adolis García added a 2-run double in the 8th inning and Andy Ibáñez doubled, as he has .  Charlie Culberson singled and scored on García’s double, and he is now 3-for-4 with a walk in his 3 Cactus League contests.

Texas held the D-backs scoreless over the first 5 innings behind the efforts of starter Taylor Hearn (2.0 IP) and relievers Brett de Geus (win, 1.0 IP) and Kolby Allard (2.0 IP).  Hearn and Allard have each tallied 3.0 shutout innings over their first 2 appearances.  Hunter Wood whiffed all 3 batters faced to finish the win and record a save.  The Rangers’ win was aided by a pair of rolled innings in the 7th and 8th, frames in which the D-backs totaled 5 runs.

The Rangers return to Surprise on Sunday for a 2:05 p.m. CT home game against the Los Angeles Dodgers.  RHP Mike Foltynewicz is the scheduled starter in his Texas debut, facing Dodgers RHP Walker Buehler (0-0, 0.00).  A radio broadcast will air on 105.3 The FAN in the DFW market, with Matt Hicks and Jared Sandler calling the action.  The Dodgers’ TV broadcast on SNLA will be replayed on MLB Network at 1:00 a.m. CT on Monday morning.

From Texas Rangers PR staff reports