Hahn's sharp effort short-circuited by homer in loss

Rotation candidate allows one run in three innings, solo shot to Odor

Hahn's sharp effort short-circuited by homer in loss

SURPRISE, Ariz. -- Rougned Odor mashed his first home run of the spring, and Alex Gonzalez tossed three scoreless -- yet eventful -- frames, as the Rangers rode their youngsters to a 4-1 win over the A's at Surprise Stadium.

The A's, meanwhile, couldn't capitalize on a host of early opportunities, stranding seven runners in the first four innings.

The Rangers got on the board seemingly out of nowhere in the bottom of the third inning. Odor muscled an inside changeup into the Rangers' bullpen with two outs and nobody on.

Up until that point, A's starter Jesse Hahn looked relatively sharp, specifically with his curveball. In three innings, Hahn allowed an earned run on three hits.

His counterpart Gonzalez, however, did him one run better. Gonzalez needed 58 pitches to get through three frames -- and only 36 of them were strikes. But despite the control problems, Gonzalez fanned three and didn't allow a run. He walked three and allowed two hits.

Prince Fielder extended the Rangers' lead with a two-out infield single in the fifth. Fielder, who went 2-for-3, hit a liner off the glove of A's starter Jesse Chavez and hustled down the line to beat the throw -- much to the delight of the Surprise Stadium crowd.

Chavez, who like Hahn is competing for a rotation spot, allowed a run on three hits in two innings.

The A's plated their run in the top of the eighth, when top prospect Matt Olson launched his first home run of the spring. Olson had gotten off to a bit of a slow start with just one hit in 12 at-bats, but he made sure his raw power was on full display, crushing a 1-2 fastball into the center field grass.

A's up next: Sonny Gray, likely soon to be named the A's Opening Day starter for a second straight year, will make his spring debut in a home start against the D-backs on Tuesday, beginning at 1:05 p.m. PT. Lefty Barry Zito is also on tap to pitch in the game for the team that drafted him in 1999, continuing his comeback bid following a year-long sabbatical away from the game.

AJ Cassavell is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @ajcassavell. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.