Rapid Reaction: Rangers 5, Padres 4

March, 4, 2013
3/04/13
5:30
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SURPRISE, Ariz. -- The Texas Rangers (3-7-1) continued their six-game pattern of alternating wins and losses with a 5-4, walk-off win against the San Diego Padres (6-6) on Monday at Surprise Stadium.

What this means: Texas secured its second win in the last three games after opening the spring with a six-game winless streak (0-5-1).

Clutch hit: Jeff Baker hit an RBI single with two outs in the bottom of the ninth to give Texas to its walk-off victory.

Yes, Yu: Rangers ace Yu Darvish has made two spring starts and looked very good in both of them. The right-hander faced one batter over the minimum during three innings of work while allowing no runs on two walks and three strikeouts. In five spring innings, Darvish has allowed no runs or hits, struck out five and walked two.

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Quick work: Much like Matt Harrison on Saturday, Darvish didn't need many pitches to record nine outs and only threw 39 pitches during his outing.

Welcome back: Adrian Beltre wasted no time answering any questions about his bat after missing the first 10 spring games with a tight right calf by doubling the other way in his first at-bat.

First and last: David Murphy accounted for both Rangers runs with a two-run single in the first inning.

Flashing leather: Engel Beltre first showed his bat was ready for the WBC during his spring debut Sunday with an RBI triple. The right fielder showed in the first inning of Monday's game that his glove is ready for the international tournament, as well. Beltre, who missed more than a week with a sore shoulder, covered serious ground toward center field before making a leaping catch on the run, up against the wall on a deep drive by Travis Buck.

Long walk: Ian Kinsler is off to a slow start, batting .188 entering Monday's game but showed his eye may be rounding into mid-season form. The Rangers second baseman had perhaps his best at-bat of the spring when he drew a walk after seeing 11 pitches, fouling off five in a row with two strikes before taking ball four.

Target practice: It's a good thing this was only a spring game, as Rangers pitchers hit four Padres batters.

Buckel down: Cody Buckel struggled in his second appearance, allowing three runs on four hits, while hitting two batters in two-thirds of an inning.

What's next?: The Rangers have their first off day of the spring Tuesday. They will resume the 2013 Cactus League on Wednesday and play their final game of a spring-high, three-game homestand by hosting the Chicago Cubs at 2:05 p.m. CT. LHP Robbie Ross (0-0, 3.60) will make his third appearance and first start of the spring. LHP Hisanori Takahashi (0-0, --) is scheduled to start for Chicago.

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TEAM LEADERS

WINS LEADER
Colby Lewis
WINS ERA SO IP
10 5.18 133 170
OTHER LEADERS
BAA. Beltre .324
HRA. Beltre 19
RBIA. Beltre 77
RA. Beltre 79
OPSA. Beltre .879
ERAC. Lewis 5.18
SOY. Darvish 182