Profar's homer, Andrus' two-run single spark Rangers
Darvish retires first nine Reds, allows two runs in five innings
SURPRISE, Ariz. -- Jurickson Profar's second home run of the spring off of Reds starter Homer Bailey helped give Rangers starter Yu Darvish some early run support in an 8-2 victory on Monday afternoon at Surprise Stadium.
Bailey went four innings and allowed two runs on three hits. He struck out five and threw 58 pitches. Darvish lasted five innings, allowing two runs on five hits. He struck out just one while throwing 63 pitches.
The Rangers took a 1-0 lead in the second on a double steal when, with runners at the corners, Leonys Martin stole home after Reds catcher Devin Mesoraco threw down to second trying to get J.P. Arencibia.
Profar made it 2-0 with a home run in the third. It was his second home run of the season and he leads the Rangers with 11 RBIs.
Darvish retired the first nine hitters he faced before Billy Hamilton reached on a bunt single to lead off the fourth. He scored on a one-out double by Jay Bruce. In the fourth, Chris Nelson singled with two outs and scored on a double by Ramon Santiago. Henry Rodriguez followed with a single to center and Santiago was thrown out by Martin trying to score. It's the second straight game Martin has thrown out a runner at the plate.
Elvis Andrus put the Rangers back in front in the bottom of the fifth with a two-out, two-run single off of Jeff Francis. Andrus entered the game hitting .353 (6-for-17) but these were his first two RBIs of the spring.
Up next: First baseman Prince Fielder was off on Monday but will be in the lineup on Tuesday when the Rangers play the White Sox in Glendale. Outfielder Shin-Soo Choo and third baseman Adrian Beltre are also scheduled to play as the Rangers bring their highest-paid position players on a road trip to Camelback Ranch.
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.