03/26/09 12:05 AM ET
Davis does in D-backs with late slam
Slugger breaks tie with third homer; Saltalamacchia also goes deep
By T.R. Sullivan / MLB.com
at Surprise, Ariz.
Wednesday, March 25
Rangers at the plate: Jarrod Saltalamacchia hit his first home run of the spring and Josh Hamilton went 2-for-3 with a run scored and an RBI. He is 4-for-6 over the past two days after going 1-for-10 in the previous two games. Hank Blalock also had two hits. Chris Davis hit a go-ahead grand slam to break a tie in the seventh.
Diamondbacks at the plate: Eric Byrnes, who was sidelined much of spring with a hamstring injury, had a two-run double and is now 6-for-13 in five Cactus League games. Tony Clark was 3-for-4.Rangers on the mound: Vicente Padilla started the night with four scoreless innings with the help of a couple of double plays behind him. He gave up three runs in the fifth but also limited the damage by striking out Clark and getting Justin Upton to pop out with the bases loaded. He finished up by setting down the side in order in the sixth. Diamondbacks on the mound: John Garland had a rough beginning but finished strong. He allowed seven of the first nine batters he faced to reach base and gave up four runs in the first two innings. But he retired 12 of the last 15 batters he faced before leaving the game after five innings. He now has a 6.23 ERA. Cactus League records: Rangers 15-10; Diamondbacks 8-16 Up next: The Rangers will send Doug Mathis to the mound for his first spring start when they play the Brewers at 3:05 p.m. CT Thursday in the Maryvale section of Phoenix. Matt Harrison, who was supposed to pitch in the A game, will do his work in a Minor League game.
T.R. Sullivan is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.