Padres 9

(17-14, 7-7 away)

Rangers 6

(10-18, 5-9 home)

    3:05 PM ET, March 30, 2005

    Surprise Stadium, Surprise, Arizona 

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    San Diego 9, Texas 6

    SURPRISE, Ariz. (AP) -- Grateful to be with the San Diego Padres, Tim Redding looked relaxed on the mound.

    Redding pitched six strong innings in his first start for San Diego on Wednesday, a 9-6 victory over the Texas Rangers just two days after being acquired in a trade with Houston.

    Redding, expected to be the Padres' No. 5 starter, allowed two runs on six hits. The right-hander struck out two and walked two.

    "I'm ecstatic about the trade," Redding said. "I didn't fit into the Astros' plans. ... The Padres are a contender and they made me feel at ease right away by telling me don't worry because I've already made the team. I feel like a weight has been lifted from my shoulders."

    Ricardo Rodriguez gave up eight runs and eight hits -- five for extra bases -- over four innings, then was optioned to Triple-A Oklahoma, ending his bid to become the Rangers' fifth starter.

    "It was a hitter-friendly day, but Ricardo was getting the ball up, too," Rangers manager Buck Showalter said.

    Rodriguez was 3-1 with a 2.03 ERA in five starts last season before his right elbow was shattered by a line drive in July. Chris Young, another candidate for the No. 5 spot, gave up just two earned runs over six innings in his start Monday.

    While Pedro Astacio is expected to start the season on the disabled list, he could be back in time to pitch the fifth game of the season for Texas.

    The Padres went ahead to stay with a four-run first. Ryan Klesko had a two-run double before Miguel Ojeda's RBI triple and Geoff Blum's sacrifice fly.

    San Diego led 8-0 after Damien Jackson had a two-run single and Jesse Garcia hit his fourth spring homer, a two-run shot, in the third.

    David Dellucci and Chad Allen homered for the Rangers.

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