PHOENIX -- The Rangers rallied against the Brewers for two runs in the top of the fourth inning before a wicked storm rolled over Maryvale Baseball Park and cut the game short with the Rangers leading, 2-0, on Friday.
The good news for both clubs was that the starting pitchers completed their workdays. Rangers left-hander Jeff Beliveau pitched around a walk and two singles for two scoreless innings, with one strikeout. Brewers starter Tyler Thornburg walked two batters but didn't allow a hit or a run in three innings.
The temperature plummeted and the skies darkened with Brewers reliever Tom Gorzelanny on the mound in the top of the fourth inning. Gorzelanny walked Lance Berkman and Geovany Soto before a pair of left-handed hitters -- Brandon Allen and Leonys Martin -- delivered consecutive run-scoring singles with two outs.
After the Brewers made their final out in the fourth inning, heavy rain began falling and prompted an 18-minute rain delay before the game was called.
Up next for Brewers: The Brewers' run of young starting pitchers continues Saturday with top prospect Wily Peralta, who will work against the Reds opposite Homer Bailey in Goodyear, Ariz. First pitch is at 2:05 p.m. CT, with Bob Uecker and Joe Block on the radio call. It's a rematch of Peralta's final start in a promising late-season stint with the Brewers -- he held the Reds scoreless on two hits over 5 1/3 innings before departing a Sept. 27 game in Cincinnati with a tight biceps. Listen to the game live on Gameday Audio.
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