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.
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.
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 MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.