Byrd blast finishes six-run third in win
Vizquel's three hits help negate Benson's inconsistent outing
RANGERS 8, ATHLETICS 5
at Surprise, Ariz.
Thursday, March 19
Rangers at the plate: Marlon Byrd finished off a six-run third inning with a two-run home run, his first of the spring, to straightaway center. David Murphy hit a two-run double to left-center in the same inning. Omar Vizquel, leading off and playing second base, had three hits and a terrific play defensively on Travis Buck's grounder into the right-side hole in the second inning.
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