Rangers 7, Diamondbacks 1: Texas lefty Harrison handcuffs D-backs

2013-03-03T00:00:00Z Rangers 7, Diamondbacks 1: Texas lefty Harrison handcuffs D-backsThe Associated Press The Associated Press
March 03, 2013 12:00 am  • 

SCOTTSDALE - Even though it was just spring training, Matt Harrison wanted to rebound from a rough opener. Consider it mission accomplished.

The Texas left-hander, an 18-game winner last season, allowed three hits in three scoreless innings and the Rangers went on to beat the Arizona Diamondbacks 7-1 on Saturday.

"Anytime you have a bad game you want to bounce back as quickly as possible and I was able to do it in my next start," Harrison said, "so that was a positive note and something I can build on going into my next start."

In his first spring start last Sunday against Kansas City, Harrison threw 40 pitches in one inning, allowing four runs on six hits against Kansas City.

Lefty Wade Miley made his first spring start for Arizona, giving up three runs on three hits in two innings, including a solo home run by Craig Gentry. Brandon Allen and Elvis Andrus also homered for Texas.

Miley, second in rookie of the year balloting after going 16-11 with a 3.33 ERA for Arizona last season, was not overly concerned with his so-so first start.

"I felt like the ball was coming out of my hand good. I wasn't locating the fastball. The breaking stuff was OK," Miley said. "It was something to build off, definitely."

Nelson Cruz was the only Texas player with more than one hit, going 2 for 4. He had an RBI single off Miley in the first. Paul Goldschmidt and Matt Davidson each went 2 for 2 for Arizona.

Randall Delgado, a candidate for Arizona's fifth starting spot, gave up a run on three hits in two innings, with one walk. Delgado, part of the trade that sent Justin Upton to Atlanta, had been rocked for five runs on six hits in one inning in his first start spring against Kansas City. He is battling with left-handers Tyler Skaggs and Patrick Corbin for the last spot in the rotation.

A sellout crowd of 12,654 watched the game at Salt River Fields, the Diamondbacks' spring home in north Scottsdale.

Arizona second baseman Aaron Hill was a late scratch with left quad tightness.

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