Moreland, Gallo take Cubs deep in split-squad win

MESA, Ariz. -- Mitch Moreland, Joey Gallo and Thomas Field hit their first spring home runs to power the Rangers to a 6-4 victory Sunday over the Cubs, who remain winless under new manager Joe Maddon in Cactus League play.

Rangers starter Ross Ohlendorf, competing for a spot in the starting rotation, struck out five of the six batters he faced over two innings.

"I was just trying to do as well as I could and I'm really happy with how it went," Ohlendorf said. "I felt like I had really good life on my fastball and my offspeed was good, too. [Tomas] Telis called a good game, too."

Moreland, coming back after left ankle surgery, lined a 3-2 fastball from Chicago starter Jake Arrieta over the fence in left center with two outs in the Rangers first to take a 1-0 lead. Arrieta walked three and struck out two in his two innings.

"I've been counting down the days anticipating getting out there and playing and I wanted to go out and have fun and I did," said Moreland, who had not played in a game since May. "It felt great and it was a great way to start the spring. I was trying get a good pitch and have a good at-bat and treat it like a Spring Training game. I'm happy to be out there."

Lefty Eric Jokisch took over in the third and served up Gallo's first home run, which appeared to land on the concourse behind the right-field berm and then bounce over a food tent. Gallo finished second in the Minor Leagues to the Cubs' Kris Bryant in home runs last season, hitting 42. Ryan Rua then doubled and scored on Telis' single to put the Rangers ahead, 3-0.

Field added a two-run blast with one out in the Rangers fourth off Jokisch.

The Cubs tallied in the fourth when Ryan Sweeney doubled and scored on Chris Valaika's single, and Albert Almora's RBI single knocked in Carlos Penalver in a two-run eighth.

Cubs up next: Edwin Jackson makes his first Cactus League start on Monday when the Cubs host the Padres at Sloan Park. Jackson is trying to rebound from back-to-back rough seasons. In 2013, he led the National League with 18 losses, and last season went 6-15 with a 6.33 ERA in 28 games. Also scheduled to pitch are Kyle Hendricks, projected as the fourth starter, Jason Motte and closer Hector Rondon. The 3:05 p.m. CT contest will be availabe via an exclusive free webcast on

Rangers up next: Alex Gonzalez, who is competing for a spot in the starting rotation, will take the hill against the A's on Monday at Surprise Stadium. Keone Kela, Roman Mendez and Neftali Feliz are also scheduled to pitch, while Rougned Odor, Prince Fielder and Gallo are all expected in the starting lineup. The 3:05 p.m. CT matchup will be available via an exclusive free webcast on

Carrie Muskat is a reporter for She writes a blog, Muskat Ramblings, and you can follow her on Twitter @CarrieMuskat. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.