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April 01, 2012

Rangers wrap up spring with 5-3 victory

Rangers regulars made the most out of their two chances at the plate Sunday in the Cactus League finale, opening a 5-0 lead before being given the rest of the day off.

Right-hander Colby Lewis struck around for four innings in his final outing before starting Friday in the season opener. He allowed four straight hits in the fourth, a string that started with solo homer by Jesus Guzman.

Lewis allowed two runs, struck out four and walked one while throwing 62 pitches. He’s ready to go for Opening Day.

“Four years ago, if you told me I would pitch on Opening Day in the big-leagues, I would have told you you were crazy,” said Lewis, who was pitching in Japan in 2008. “I feel great. I’m where I need to be.”

Robbie Ross, who was told he would be on the Opening Day roster earlier Sunday, worked a 1-2-3 sixth inning. Closer Joe Nathan worked a quick and tidy ninth inning for the save.

Alexi Ogando, in his first appearance since being moved to the bullpen, allowed a wind-aided solo homer to the first batter of the eighth inning, but he and four others relievers made the early work at the plate hold up.

Adrian Beltre, who returned after missing a few games with a sore back, went 2 for 2 with a double and two RBIs, and David Murphy had a two-run single in the first.

"We're playing baseball the way we need to at the right time," manager Ron Washington said. "It's not about how you start but how you finish."

Catcher Yorvit Torrealba was a late scratch from the lineup after a rough night behind the plate Saturday.

The Rangers will depart Monday morning for Round Rock and their 6:05 p.m. exhibition game at Dell Diamond. Left-hander Derek Holland is scheduled to make is final appearance before starting Saturday in the Rangers' second game of the season.

-- Jeff Wilson


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