Vazquez homer gives Rangers win

Ramon Vazquez's two-run home run in the top of the 10th inning helped propel the Rangers to a 9-5 victory on Wednesday afternoon.

The Good

Starting rotation candidate Bruce Chen had his third consecutive solid outing, as he allowed one earned run over 3.2 innings. Chen, who boasts a 1.04 ERA this spring, fanned six in the appearance.

Jerry Hairston, Matt Kata, Drew Meyer, and Ramon Vazquez – all candidates for a utility infield spot on the team's 25-man roster – continued their impressive play at the plate. Hairston was 2-for-5 with three runs batted in while Vazquez hit a two-run homer to break a 4-4 tie in the top of the 10th inning.

Lefty A.J. Murray tossed another scoreless inning on Wednesday. The southpaw allowed a hit and a walk while striking out one.

The Bad

Shortstop Michael Young was forced to have surgery to repair cartilage in his ear. Young was grazed on the ear by an offspeed pitch from White Sox pitcher Gavin Floyd on Wednesday. The surgery will cause Young to miss a few games.

The Ugly

It's always a good day for the Rangers when "The Bad" has nothing to do with the game and there is nothing to insert in "The Ugly".

Notable

Rangers backstop Gerald Laird returned to the lineup on Wednesday after missing some time with a bruised foot. Laird went hitless in three plate appearances.

The Rangers remain on the road on Thursday, as they will travel to Tucson to take on the Arizona Diamondbacks at 3:05 p.m. CST. Robinson Tejeda will get the start with Josh Rupe and C.J. Wilson expected to follow.

TEXAS (9) AT SAN DIEGO (5)

 TEXAS            AB  R  H BI  SAN DIEGO        AB  R  H BI
 K Lofton cf       3  0  1  0  L Cruz lf         3  1  1  1
 M Byrd cf         3  0  1  1  P McAnulty lf     3  0  0  0
 F Catalanotto 1b  3  0  0  0  B Giles rf        3  0  1  0
 N Gold 1b         2  0  0  0  J Cust rf         2  0  1  0
 I Kinsler 2b      3  1  1  1  K Cameron cf      3  0  2  0
 M Kata 2b         2  1  1  0  A Shabala pr-cf   1  0  0  0
 H Blalock 3b      3  0  1  0  A Gonzalez 1b     3  1  1  1
 R Vazquez pr-3b   2  2  1  2  R Huffman 1b      2  0  0  0
 V Diaz rf         4  2  1  1  K Greene ss       3  1  1  1
 B Wilkerson p     0  0  0  0  M Alexander ss    2  0  0  0
 J Botts lf        2  0  1  0  K Kouzmanoff 3b   2  0  1  0
 F Guzman pr-lf    0  1  0  0  R Robles 3b       1  2  1  0
 J Hairston Jr ss  5  2  2  3  G Blum 2b         3  0  1  0
 G Laird c         3  0  0  0  C Stansberry 2b   2  0  1  0
 K Richardson c    1  0  0  0  P LaForest c      2  0  0  0
 B McCarthy p      1  0  0  0  T Hoffman p       0  0  0  0
 M Ojeda ph        1  0  0  0  J Cassel p        0  0  0  0
 B Chen p          0  0  0  0  S Linebrink p     0  0  0  0
 S Feldman p       0  0  0  0  M Venable ph      1  0  1  1
 G Quiroz ph       1  0  0  0  R Ring p          0  0  0  0
 A Murray p        0  0  0  0  A Brown p         0  0  0  0
 D Meyer ph        1  0  1  1  A Lopez p         0  0  0  0
 B Wilkerson p     0  0  0  0  L Cruz lf         3  1  1  1
                               J Peavy p         2  0  0  0
                               M Thompson p      0  0  0  0
                               R Bowen ph-c      2  0  0  0
 TOTALS           40  9 11  9  TOTALS           43  6 13  5

 TEXAS                     000 102 100 5--  9
 SAN DIEGO                 100 110 010 1--  5

 E--A Shabala, P McAnulty, R Robles, M Byrd, V
 Diaz. DP--SAN DIEGO 1. LOB--TEXAS 7, SAN DIEGO 11.
 2B--K Cameron 2, J Cust, K Kouzmanoff, H Blalock,
 V Diaz. HR--J Cruz Jr 1 (2) (off B McCarthy), A
 Gonzalez 1 (2) (off B McCarthy), K Greene 1 (3)
 (off B Chen), R Vazquez 1 (1) (off A Brown), I
 Kinsler 1 (2) (off J Peavy). SB--G Blum 1 (1), K
 Lofton 1 (1).
                                   IP   H   R  ER  BB  SO  HR
  TEXAS
 B McCarthy                         4   5   2   2   2   2   2
 B Chen                         3 2-3   3   2   1   2   6   1
 S Feldman                        1-3   1   0   0   0   0   0
 A Murray (W,1-0)                   1   1   0   0   1   1   0
 R Williams                         1   2   1   0   0   1   0
  SAN DIEGO
 J Peavy                            5   2   1   1   1   6   1
 M Thompson                         1   0   0   0   0   1   0
 T Hoffman                        2-3   4   3   3   1   0   0
 S Cassidy                        1-3   0   0   0   0   0   0
 S Linebrink                        1   0   0   0   0   0   0
 R Ring                             1   0   0   0   0   0   0
 A Brown (L,0-2)                  2-3   4   5   5   1   0   1
 A Lopez                          1-3   1   0   0   1   0   0

 WP--J Peavy, B McCarthy. PB--R Bowen, K
 Richardson. SO--TEX: I Kinsler 2, H Blalock, V
 Diaz, B McCarthy, G Laird, M Ojeda. SDG: P
 McAnulty 2, M Alexander, P LaForest, J Cust, R
 Huffman, A Shabala, J Peavy, K Greene, C
 Stansberry. BB--TEX: B Chen, B Wilkerson, V Diaz,
 K Richardson. SDG: P LaForest, R Bowen, A Shabala,
 K Kouzmanoff, R Robles. T--3:18. A--5,322.

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