Desmond, Rua stay hot as Rangers scorch A's

MESA, Ariz. -- Ian Desmond and Ryan Rua stayed hot as the Rangers pounded 13 hits in a 12-1 victory over the division-rival A's at Hohokam Stadium on Thursday night.

Texas starter A.J. Griffin, battling for the fifth-starter spot, did his part with five innings of one-run ball against his former team, striking out four and walking none with four hits allowed.

"Every time I go out and pitch it's an important game," said Griffin, who played from 2012-13 in Oakland. "I was amped up to being playing against my old team. I had fun."

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Infielders Pedro Ciriaco and Hanser Alberto chipped in with two-run triples for the Rangers, who plated four runs in both the fourth and fifth innings, while Khris Davis gave the A's their lone run with his first spring homer, a solo shot to left field in the second.

Ciriaco's two-run triple

A's lefty Felix Doubront was on the hook for seven runs in four-plus innings, yielding seven hits with three walks and two strikeouts in his fifth spring outing. Doubront, in consideration for a rotation or bullpen spot, had allowed just four runs total in his previous 12 innings.

"I think I changed my game plan a little bit," Doubront said. "The first three innings, I felt really good, but then I started thinking too much, and my mechanics started changing. But besides that, I think all my pitches were there. Sometimes I wasn't finishing [my pitches], but that happens, and I can fix that."

Desmond singled and doubled in the game, bringing his Cactus League average to .400. Rua, batting .432, notched an RBI single while playing first base. He also reached base and scored a run on a fielding error by Jed Lowrie, who was making his first start at shortstop.

Ronald Guzman pinch-hit for Rua in the eighth and hit a two-run single off Oakland's Kris Hall. Guzman then scored on a double from Chris Gimenez.

Rangers up next: Left-hander Cole Hamels will start against the Padres at 8:05 p.m. CT on Friday in Surprise. The Rangers announced on Wednesday that Hamels will be their Opening Day starter and he has two starts left in Spring Training. Nick Martinez, who is trying to win a spot in the rotation, is also scheduled to pitch. The game can be heard live on Gameday Audio.

A's up next: The A's will trot out top pitching prospect Sean Manaea for a start against the visiting Angels at Hohokam Stadium on Friday, with first pitch scheduled for 1:05 p.m. PT. Right-handers Ryan Madson, John Axford and Fernando Rodriguez are also slated to pitch in the game.

Jane Lee is a reporter for This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.