Offense powers Rangers to 11-7 victory

Kameron Loe turned in another strong start on Monday in a game that included a scary moment for Rangers outfielder Nelson Cruz.

The Good

Twelve different Rangers recorded a base hit in an 11-7 victory over the Milwaukee Brewers on Monday afternoon.

Miguel Ojeda and first baseman Nate Gold each hit solo home runs while Ian Kinsler went 1-for-3 with two runs batted in. Utility infielder Drew Meyer was 1-for-2 with three runs scored.

Starting pitcher Kameron Loe was solid through his first three innings, but struggled in the fourth. Loe allowed two runs – none earned – on three hits in 3.2 innings. The right-hander has yet to allow an earned run in three appearances this spring.

Out of the bullpen, 23-year-old Andy "Ace" Walker earned the save, yielding two hits in 1.1 scoreless innings. Walker split his time between High-A Bakersfield and Double-A Frisco in 2006.

The Bad

Left-hander John Koronka surrendered seven base hits and a walk in just 1.2 innings of relief work. Though Koronka only allowed three runs, the damage could have been much worse. He was able to induce a pair of double plays to get himself out of trouble in the fifth and sixth innings.

Another struggling lefty, C.J. Wilson, continued to have problems on Monday. Wilson retired three of the four hitters that he faced in the seventh inning, but yielded a pair of runs on four hits before being relieved with two outs in the eighth.

The Ugly

Right fielder Nelson Cruz was taken to a local hospital after being hit on the head by a pitch from Fort Worth native Yovanni Gallardo. X-rays showed no concussion or fractures, however, and Cruz should be day-to-day.

Notable

Miguel Ojeda left the game in the bottom of the fourth inning with a bruised thumb. The injury is not considered to be serious.

Closer Eric Gagne saw his first action of the spring in a "B" game against the Milwaukee Brewers on Monday morning. He faced three hitters, retiring two and walking one.

The Rangers return to Surprise on Tuesday where they will face the Chicago White Sox at 3:05 p.m. CST. Vicente Padilla is the probable starter for the Rangers while they will go up against former Rangers prospect John Danks.

TEXAS (11) AT MILWAUKEE (7)

 TEXAS            AB  R  H BI  MILWAUKEE        AB  R  H BI
 K Lofton cf       4  1  1  1  R Weeks 2b        3  0  1  1
 M Byrd cf         0  0  0  0  L Nix cf          1  0  0  0
 F Catalanotto 1b  3  0  0  0  J Hardy ss        3  0  0  0
 N Gold 1b         2  1  1  1  C Counsell ss     3  1  1  0
 M Young ss        2  0  1  0  P Fielder 1b      3  0  2  1
 D Meyer pr-ss     2  3  1  0  B Nelson pr-1b    2  2  2  0
 S Sosa dh         4  0  1  1  B Hall cf         2  0  0  0
 J Arias pr-dh     1  2  1  0  B Clark rf        2  0  0  0
 B Wilkerson lf    3  1  1  1  J Estrada c       4  1  3  2
 V Diaz pr-rf      1  1  1  1  L Palmisano pr-c  1  1  1  0
 N Cruz rf         2  0  0  1  G Jenkins lf      2  1  0  0
 F Guzman pr-rf    1  0  0  0  K Mench lf        2  0  2  1
 I Kinsler 2b      3  0  1  2  R Braun dh        5  0  0  0
 M Kata pr-2b      1  0  0  1  T Graffanino 3b   3  0  2  1
 R Vazquez 3b      4  0  1  1  H Iribarren 2b    2  0  1  1
 M Ojeda c         1  1  1  1  T Gwynn Jr rf     2  1  0  0
 K Richardson c    4  1  1  0  O Chavez 3b       2  0  1  0
 K Loe p           0  0  0  0  C Villanueva p    0  0  0  0
 J Vargas p        0  0  0  0  Y Gallardo p      0  0  0  0
 J Koronka p       0  0  0  0  C Spurling p      0  0  0  0
 M Bumstead p      0  0  0  0  A Zumwalt p       0  0  0  0
 C Wilson p        0  0  0  0  J Capellan p      0  0  0  0
 A Walker p        0  0  0  0
 TOTALS           38 11 12 11  TOTALS           42  7 16  7

 TEXAS                     001 004 303 -- 11
 MILWAUKEE                 000 203 020 --  7

 E--J Capellan, L Palmisano, M Young, K Lofton.
 DP--TEXAS 1, MILWAUKEE 2. LOB--TEXAS 7, MILWAUKEE
 15. 2B--B Nelson 2, T Graffanino, R Weeks, K
 Lofton, K Richardson, B Wilkerson. 3B--S Sosa.
 HR--M Ojeda 1 (2) (off C Villanueva), N Gold 1 (1)
 (off C Spurling). S--F Guzman. SF--M Kata.
                                   IP   H   R  ER  BB  SO  HR
  TEXAS
 K Loe                          3 2-3   3   2   0   2   3   0
 J Vargas                         1-3   0   0   0   0   0   0
 J Koronka                      1 2-3   7   3   2   1   0   0
 M Bumstead (W,1-0)               1-3   0   0   0   1   0   0
 C Wilson                       1 2-3   4   2   2   1   1   0
 A Walker (S,1)                 1 1-3   2   0   0   0   0   0
  MILWAUKEE
 C Villanueva                       4   2   1   1   0   4   1
 Y Gallardo                     1 2-3   3   4   4   3   0   0
 C Spurling (L,0-1)             1 1-3   4   3   3   0   2   1
 A Zumwalt                          1   0   0   0   1   2   0
 J Capellan                         1   3   3   0   0   0   0

 HBP--B Hall by K Loe, N Cruz by Y Gallardo, P
 Fielder by K Loe. SO--TEX: S Sosa, K Lofton, B
 Wilkerson, R Vazquez, M Kata, F Guzman, K
 Richardson, N Cruz. MIL: C Counsell, B Hall, P
 Fielder, R Braun. BB--TEX: M Young, B Wilkerson, M
 Byrd, R Vazquez. MIL: K Mench, B Hall, L Nix, R
 Weeks, T Gwynn Jr. T--3:28. A--4,385.

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