Murphy's go-ahead homer lifts Rangers
Outfielder hits two-run shot in seventh; Wilson doesn't allow hit
RANGERS 2, ROYALS 1
Friday, April 2
Rangers at the plate: David Murphy hit a two-run home run in the bottom of the seventh. It was his second homer of the spring. Julio Borbon had the Rangers' only hit through six innings, beating out an infield single. He went 1-for-2 with a sacrifice bunt and is now hitting .314 on the spring.Royals at the plate: The Royals didn't get a hit until two outs in the seventh, when Jose Guillen doubled into the left-center-field alley. He scored on a triple by Mitch Maier. Rangers on the mound: C.J. Wilson pitched five hitless innings in his final spring outing. He walked two, hit a batter and struck out four. His 25 innings were the most by a Rangers pitcher this spring in exhibition games. Willie Eyre gave up a run in the seventh inning. He is expected to start the season at Triple-A Oklahoma City. Royals on the mound: Luke Hochevar finished his spring by throwing 48 pitches over four scoreless innings before leaving with a left ankle contusion. He allowed one hit, walked one and struck out one. He has a 3.15 ERA for the spring. Worth noting: A bank of lights went out above the third-base dugout during the fourth inning. Last year that same situation caused a regular-season game to be delayed for 1 hour, 41 minutes. On Friday they played on. There was a breaker failure that had to be replaced, and the lights came back on in the seventh. Spring Training records: Rangers 10-18; Royals 13-13. Up next: Matt Harrison makes his last start of the spring when the Rangers close out their exhibition schedule by playing the Royals at 1:05 p.m. CT on Saturday at Dr. Pepper Ballpark in Frisco, Texas. Harrison has a 3.94 ERA in two starts and two relief appearances this spring. He is the Rangers' fifth starter, and his first regular-season start will be a week from Saturday against the Mariners at the Ballpark in Arlington. Saturday's game will be broadcast on KRLD 1080 AM.
Brian Bannister pitches for the Royals when they close out their Spring Training at 1:05 p.m. CT at the Dr. Pepper Ballpark in Frisco. That's the home of the Rangers' Double-A farm team. Bannister has a 5.54 ERA in four starts this spring. The game will be broadcast on 610 Sports.
T.R. Sullivan is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.