SURPRISE, Ariz. -- In what began as a pretty good pitching duel between the Texas bullpen and San Diego starter Tyson Ross ended up with the Padres holding on for a 3-2 victory over the Rangers on Saturday afternoon.
Ross went six innings and allowed two runs on six hits while walking one and striking out 12. His career-high in the regular season is 11 and the most in a Spring Training game since Alex Cobb of the Rays on March 22, 2014. Ross, lined up to be the No. 2 starter in the Padres rotation, has a 2.89 ERA this spring and opponents are hitting .203 off him.
"Wil [Nieves] and I were just on the same page from the get-go," said Ross, who only needed to throw three changeups because his sinker/slider mix was so effective. "He did a good job calling some good sequences. I had a good feel for my sinker today, and I was able to get some strikeouts with that -- running it back away from righties -- and not just using my slider."
The Rangers used all relievers in the game and most of them were impressive. Jon Edwards started the game and pitched two scoreless innings, striking out four. Jamey Wright, who has not had a good camp, kept his hopes alive for a spot as a long reliever by pitching two scoreless as well.
Rookie right-hander Keone Kela, pushing hard for a spot in the bullpen, struck out three of four batters he faced in a scoreless sixth. Kyuji Fujikawa and Roman Mendez also had a scoreless inning.
The Rangers led 2-0 going into the seventh when the Padres scored three runs off of reliever Tanner Scheppers. Clint Barmes had a two-run single in the inning and the go-ahead run scored when Tommy Medica grounded into a double play.
"He didn't throw the ball the way he wanted to, but I am not concerned about Tanner," Rangers manager Jeff Banister said. "He's pitched enough, right now it is about logging pitches and innings. Obviously he'll continue to work on command and getting the ball in the strike zone."
Up next: Shin-Soo Choo is expected to play the outfield for the first time in two weeks when the Rangers travel to Glendale to face the Dodgers at 3:05 p.m. CT on Sunday on MLB.TV. Choo has been limited to designated hitter duty while dealing with some soreness in his left triceps muscle. Nick Tepesch is scheduled to start for the Rangers and Shawn Tolleson, who has been dealing with forearm soreness, is also scheduled to pitch.
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.