Moreland's three RBIs lead Rangers' rout

Moreland's three RBIs lead Rangers' rout

SURPRISE, Ariz. -- The Rangers scored seven runs in the first inning off Brewers pitcher Taylor Jungmann on their way to a 12-5 victory on Sunday afternoon at Surprise Stadium. Carlos Gomez made the trip for Milwaukee's split squad and hit his first home run of the spring.

Mitch Moreland had a two-run single and Jake Smolinski had a two-run triple in the Rangers' first-inning outburst. Smolinski was 3-for-4 on the afternoon and is 7-for-19 for the spring as he remains in the running as one of the left-field candidates. Moreland was 2-for-3 with three RBIs.

"I think all-around it was a good day," Moreland said. "Their guy had trouble throwing strikes, and our guys had some patient at-bats. We scratched out some runs and it carried through the rest of the day."

Jungmann, who was the Brewers' first-round pick in the 2011 First-Year Draft out of the University of Texas, had pitched well in his first two outings. Prior to Sunday, he had pitched four scoreless innings, allowing just two hits and two walks.

That changed against the Rangers. Jungmann, given a 1-0 lead in the top of the first, started his outing by walking Leonys Martin and giving up a single to Elvis Andrus. He then walked Shin-Soo Choo, Adrian Beltre and Prince Fielder to force in two runs. Moreland then singled in two runs and Smolinski did so with a triple. He scored on Carlos Corporan's sacrifice fly.

The Rangers finished with a spring-high 12 runs scored after just three in their previous two games. The 12 hits were their second most this spring. The outburst came after hitting coach Dave Magadan led the Rangers' morning meeting and talked about keeping the right approach at the plate.

"It was a great meeting," manager Jeff Banister said. "We were more stubborn today how we went about our job. We stayed on pitches better, not giving up and going the other way to the big part of the ballpark."

Up next for the Rangers: Right-hander Lisalverto Bonilla makes his first start of the spring as the Rangers travel to Tempe to face the Angels at 3:05 p.m. CT on Monday. Luke Jackson and Jamey Wright will also pitch. Bonilla is trying to win a spot in the rotation. Wright is trying to earn a spot in the bullpen as a non-roster invite.

T.R. Sullivan is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Postcards from Elysian Fields, and follow him on Twitter @Sullivan_Ranger. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.