Feliz battles before Davis clubs walk-off shot
Rangers starter escapes jams; Morrison belts three-run homer
SURPRISE, Ariz. -- Neftali Feliz pitched two scoreless innings in his first start of the spring, but late drama decided this one as Chris Davis smacked a two-run walk-off homer off Josh Judy, capping a three-run ninth, to lift the Rangers to an 11-9 win over the Indians on Thursday.
Erik Morrison capped a five-run Rangers sixth inning with a three-run home run off Yohan Pino that appeared to blow the game open. But Cleveland stormed back with a seven-run seventh, highlighted by Matt LaPorta's grand slam off Mark Hamburger -- who relieved a struggling Seth McClung -- and Jordan Brown's two-run double off Zachary Phillips. The Indians sent 13 batters to the plate during that inning.Indians starter Mitch Talbot was roughed up in his first Spring Training outing, allowing two runs on four hits and a walk. His afternoon started when Ian Kinsler bounced one over the left-field fence for a home run, his third in four games. "[The] ball was coming out of my hand clean, and I was able to keep it down for the most part," Talbot said. "The pitch to Kinsler was below his knee, but he went down and got it. That's what he's known for. He got the ball in the air, and that's a good thing to do here in Arizona." Feliz did not give up a run, but his outing was hardly smooth. He allowed two hits, a walk and hit a batter, but the Indians were 0-for-4 off him with runners in scoring position. Singles by Jason Donald and Jordan Brown gave the Indians two on with nobody out in the second, but Feliz got Cord Phelps on a fly to right and Lou Marson to hit into an inning-ending double play. Feliz threw 36 pitches, 19 for strikes.
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Eric Hurley, also making his first outing of the spring for the Rangers, breezed through his two innings, retiring six straight hitters. He threw just 21 pitches.Indians fifth-starter candidate Josh Tomlin went three innings, allowing one run on four hits with two strikeouts.
Rangers Up Next: Opening Day starter C.J. Wilson makes his second start of the spring against the Athletics at Phoenix Municipal Stadium on Friday. David Bush is also scheduled to pitch. The Rangers will be facing two old teammates for this game as right-handers Brandon McCarthy and Willie Eyre are scheduled to pitch. McCarthy was with the Rangers organization for the past four years, but a series of injuries ruined the club's high hopes for him. Eyre was a reliever for the Rangers who had his career derailed by Tommy John elbow reconstruction surgery.
Indians Up Next: Staff ace Fausto Carmona is due to make his second start of the spring when the Tribe hosts Colorado at Goodyear Ballpark on Friday. Carmona hurled two shutout innings, allowing one hit, in the Cactus League opener Sunday against the Reds. Shin-Soo Choo is expected to start in right field after sitting several days with his hyper-extended left elbow.
T.R. Sullivan is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Postcards from Elysian Fields and follow him on Twitter @Sullivan_Ranger. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.