Rapid Reaction: Rangers 4, A's 3
What this means
Texas, which has won three out of four, is also unbeaten in four out of five and five out of seven.
All three Texas wins during its current winning streak are come-from-behind victories.
Nick Tepesch retired eight of the first nine batters he faced before the next four Oakland hitters reached on a pair of singles and two walks to score their only run off the rookie right-hander.
Baker is still raking
2B Jeff Baker had another big day, going 3-for-3 with three singles and an RBI. He has 12 hits in his past eight games and is batting .481.
RHP Jason Frasor pitched his third scoreless inning of the spring, retiring all three batters he faced in the fifth inning.
Leaving them loaded
Neil Cotts showed good mettle during his one inning of work in the top of the sixth. His day began roughly after loading the bases with no one out by allowing three consecutive singles. After a visit to the mound, Cotts settled down and struck out Scott Sizemore looking, then induced Derek Norris into hitting an inning-ending double play to escape the jam.
Johan Yan picked up his second save after closing out the San Diego Padres and securing the Rangers' 5-2 win in its split-squad game at the Peoria Sports Complex. Yan is unscored upon in five innings.
LHP Joe Ortiz might stand 5-foot-7 but he has come up big so far this spring. Ortiz made his sixth appearance of the spring and tossed his sixth scoreless inning to maintain his 0.00 ERA.
Four-way RBI tie
OF Jim Adduci had two RBs and CF Leonys Martin had one RBI on Saturday, giving them both six on the spring, tying them with Nelson Cruz and Mitch Moreland for the team lead.
A good stroll
SS Jurickson Profar walked once Saturday, giving him seven this spring. That ties him with Oakland's Adam Rosales for the Cactus League lead.
Ian Kinsler continues to try to find his stroke this spring. The Rangers' second baseman went 0-3 and is hitting .120 through the first 14 games of the Cactus League season.
Reversal of fortune
Texas is 5-2-1 since opening the Cactus League season with a six-game winless streak (0-5-1).
Two for two
1B Brandon Allen and OF James Adduci both hit two-run home runs in the split-squad game against San Diego.
Brandon Snyder hit his first home run of the spring to dead center on a 1-1 pitch to tie the game at three.
Because of the rainout on Friday, a number of pitchers who were scheduled to throw that day were used Saturday instead. As a result, in the split-squad game against San Diego, Texas used nine pitchers, who each threw one inning.
Texas travels to Goodyear Ballpark to face the Cleveland Indians for the second time this spring on Sunday at 3:05 p.m. CT. LHP Robbie Ross (1-0, 3.00) will get the start for Texas. RHP Carlos Carrasco (1-0, 11.25) is the scheduled starter for Cleveland.
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