What this means: Texas falls back to .500 and has dropped two of its last three. The 14 runs allowed tied the most in a single game this spring (Feb. 26 vs. Chicago White Sox).
Roughed up rookie: Starter Nick Tepesch had his most difficult outing of the spring, allowing eight earned runs on 12 hits with three walks and three strikeouts in five-plus innings. The rookie right-hander was on the cusp of earning the No. 5 spot in the starting rotation, but after this performance, and allowing three runs in five innings to the Cubs on Sunday, the 24-year old will need to bounce back well in his final spring start next week.
Down under: Submarine pitcher Ben Rowen replaced Tepesch and didn't fare any better. All five batters he faced reached base on four hits and one error. He allowed three runs, all on a Wilin Rosario home run, and one inherited runner scored. Rowen was appearing in his second consecutive game. He pitched 1.1 scoreless innings Thursday.
Rare air: Even LHP Joe Ortiz, who has been untouchable in 'A' games this spring, fell victim to the Colorado offensive assault, giving up a two-run home run and allowing one inherited runner to score. Ortiz was unscored upon in nine innings in 'A' games.
Still streaking: Elvis Andrus went 1-for-2 extending his hitting streak to 12 games. He is 15-for-34 during that span (.441) and is hitting .378 overall this spring.
Whoa, Nellie: Nelson Cruz continues to hit well this spring and sparked the Rangers four-run fourth inning with his two-run, home run to right field.
Four for four: Texas scored four runs in both the fourth and fifth innings to continue its recent offensive onslaught. The Rangers had posted three of their highest hit totals in the last five games.
Four fifths: David Murphy and A.J. Pierzynski hit back-to-back home runs in the Rangers four-run fifth inning. Murphy blasted a two run blast to right, followed by Pierzynski's shot that cleared the grassy area in right field and went well into the home run party tent that sits behind it. Mitch Moreland and Craig Gentry followed with doubles off the wall as the bottom half of the Rangers order roughed up Rafael Betancourt.
What's next?: Texas will hit the road to take on the Cincinnati Reds on Saturday at 3:05 p.m. CT at Goodyear Ballpark. RHP Yu Darvish (0-1, 1.04) is the scheduled starter for Texas. RHP Mat Latos (0-0, 2.45) will take the mound for Cincinnati. The game can be heard live on ESPN 103.3 FM.