Rangers crush Dodgers 8-2 with 5 HR

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The Rangers belted 5 home runs en route to an 8-2 win over the Los Angeles Dodgers on Thursday at Surprise Stadium. The 5 long balls matched the club’s most of the spring (also 5 HR in 25-12 win on 3/21 at CLE), helping Texas improve to 7-5-1 in exhibition play.

Nathaniel Lowe, Corey Seager, Jonah Heim, Joe McCarthy (pinch-hit), and Nick Solak all left the yard for solo blasts, 3 of which came on the first at-bat after a new Dodger pitcher had entered the game. Seager and Solak each hit their 3rd home runs of the exhibition slate, tying Brad Miller for the team lead. The Rangers have now hit 29 home runs in 13 games this spring, good for an average of more than 2 per game.

Seager went deep against his former team to lead off the 5th inning and give the Rangers a 5-1 lead. Each of his 3 home runs have come in the friendly confines of Surprise Stadium. He also plated a run in the 2nd inning with a bases-loaded sacrifice fly, as he finished with 2 RBI and is now knotted with Joe McCarthy for the club lead with 7 RBI.

Lowe opened the 3rd inning with an opposite-field shot off a tough matchup in southpaw Victor Gonzalez, giving the Rangers a 4-1 lead at the time. His impressive showing this spring includes a .375/.375/.667/1.042 slash line, 2 home runs, and 4 RBI in 8 games. Joe McCarthy and Jonah Heim each ripped no-doubt home runs off Blake Treinen in the 7th inning. McCarthy improved his batting average to .583 (7-12) and Heim finished 2-for-3 to join Andy Ibáñez (2-for-3) in the multi-hit category. Brad Miller singled and scored a run in the 2nd inning to extend his team-best hitting streak to 7 games at .429 (9-21).

Taylor Hearn started and earned the win for Texas, allowing one run over 4.0 innings against a Dodgers lineup that featured regulars in Mookie Betts, Freddie Freeman, Trea Turner, and many others. The left-hander is now 2-0 with a 2.08 ERA (2 ER/8.2 IP) through 3 starts this spring.

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Nick Snyder (1.0 IP), Brock Burke (1.2 IP), and Josh Sborz (1.0 IP) each logged at least one full scoreless inning in relief. Burke has struck out 8 of 23 batters faced without issuing a walk thru 3 scoreless spring outings (6.1 IP). Sborz, another former Dodger, struck out the side against his old mates in the 8th. At one point, Texas pitchers retired 14 straight Los Angeles batters spanning the 4th and 9th innings.

The Rangers venture to Scottsdale on Friday afternoon for a matchup against the San Francisco Giants. First pitch is one hour earlier than the typical spring start time, with Texas LHP Kolby Allard (1-0, 0.00) slated to oppose San Francisco RHP Alex Cobb (1-0, 0.00) at 2:05 p.m. CT. The Rangers’ radio broadcast featuring Eric Nadel and Matt Hicks will air on 105.3 The FAN on tape delay at 10:05 p.m. CT tomorrow night.

From Rangers PR staff reports