Rangers ride 10-run seventh to slugfest win over Angels

Andrus, Rosales and Fields go deep; Prince collects rare bunt single

Rangers ride 10-run seventh to slugfest win over Angels

SURPRISE, Ariz. -- Adam Rosales had a two-run double and Thomas Field had a three-run home run in a 10-run seventh inning that lifted the Rangers to a 15-8 win over the Angels on Tuesday afternoon at Surprise Stadium. Ed Lucas had a single and a double in the inning as well.

Rangers starter Nick Tepesch -- who is adding a slow curve to his arsenal -- went five innings and allowed three runs on four hits. He walked one and struck out one while throwing 67 pitches. Reigning American League MVP Mike Trout had a triple off him that led to two runs in the first and Albert Pujols had a long solo home run in the fourth.

Angels starter Andrew Heaney went 4 2/3 innings and allowed four runs on eight hits, a walk and three strikeouts. He had a 3-1 lead into the bottom of the fifth before giving up home runs to Rosales and Elvis Andrus.


Fielder beats the shift: Rangers first baseman Prince Fielder beat the Angels' defensive shift by dropping a bunt in the second inning. With third baseman David Freese set up in the normal shortstop position, Fielder dropped the bunt toward third base and past Heaney. He got a big ovation from the crowd and his teammates watching from the bench.

Fielder's bunt single to third

Fielder came up in the fifth and hit a little grounder almost in the same direction. He beat it out for an infield single and ended his day 2-for-3.

Another rough inning for Heaney: Against the Dodgers on Thursday, it was the second. Against the Rangers on Tuesday, it was the fifth. Heaney was cruising along, giving up a run on four singles in the first four frames. Then came the fifth. Heaney served up a homer to Rosales, a triple to Rougned Odor, who then scored on a wild pitch, and a homer to Andrus. He exited with two outs and his Cactus League ERA at 8.36.

Pujols goes deep, again: Pujols took a hanging breaking ball from Tepesch and crushed it out to left-center field to lead off the fourth. Pujols, who hit a sacrifice fly to deep center field in the first, has three home runs this spring, all in his past five games.

Pujols' mammoth solo home run

Mendez stays tough: Rangers reliever Roman Mendez has retired 19 of 25 batters over six outings. He gave up a one-out single to Erick Aybar in the seventh, then came back to retire Trout and Pujols on fly balls to center.


"Just continue to get the ball, work on my fastball command and stay on the attack. Keep attacking hitters. Keep doing what I have been doing the last few outings." -- Tepesch, on what he needs to do the rest of Spring Training

"That's not up to me. I'm doing my best out there to try and make the decision easier, but that's up to them." -- Heaney, on whether he's thinking about the race for the fifth-starter spot with Spring Training winding down


Josh Rutledge continues to struggle at the plate and may be losing his grip on the Angels' starting second-base job. Rutledge went 1-for-4 with two strikeouts Tuesday, lowering his Cactus League batting average to .205. The 25-year-old missed four games last week with a hamstring injury and snapped an 0-for-12 with a single in the eighth. Johnny Giavotella, who went 0-for-1 as a late sub, is batting .276 and is out of options.

Rutledge's RBI single

Matt Lindstrom, fighting to win the Angels' last bullpen spot, was charged with five earned runs in the 10-run seventh. Lindstrom issued a walk and three straight singles, then exited with two on and two outs. Signed to a Minor League deal, Lindstrom can opt out of his contract if he does not make the Opening Day roster.


• Fielder has gone 4,882 Major League at-bats without a bunt hit. That is the 12th most by an active Major League player. The active player with the most at-bats without a bunt hit was laughing at Fielder on the bench. Adrian Beltre has 9,145 at-bats without reaching on a bunt hit.

• Trout hit a line-drive, opposite-field RBI triple that gave him 18 hits in 36 at-bats and extended his hitting streak to nine games. The Angels' 23-year-old center fielder is batting .474 with three homers and 13 RBIs in Cactus League play, after batting .350 with two homers and 14 RBIs in '13 and .414 with six homers and 17 RBIs in '14.

Trout's RBI triple

• The 10 runs the Angels allowed in the seventh was the most they've allowed in an entire game this spring. The last time they allowed 10 or more runs in a regular-season game was Aug. 31, 1999, in Cleveland, when the Indians scored 10 in the eighth.


Rangers lefty Ross Detwiler appears to be ready to lock up a spot in the rotation and could do so with another strong performance against the Reds at 9:05 p.m. CT on Wednesday in Goodyear, Ariz. Detwiler has a 1.93 ERA in Cactus League games although his last outing was five scoreless innings in an intrasquad game. The game will be broadcast on MLB.TV and Gameday Audio.

Righty Nick Tropeano makes his first Cactus League start Wednesday, when the Angels host the Indians at Tempe Diablo Stadium at 1:05 p.m. PT on MLB.TV. Tropeano had been pitching on the same day as Heaney, who's competing against him for a rotation spot, but will take the ball with an extra day of rest to get the start. Wednesday is Hector Santiago's turn, but he will pitch in a Minor League game so the Angels can control his pitch count.

Alden Gonzalez is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Gonzo and "The Show", and follow him on Twitter @Alden_Gonzalez. 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.