Diamondbacks 6, Rangers 5
SURPRISE, Ariz. (AP)—Texas starter Kevin Millwood gave up four runs and four hits in 4 2-3 innings in his first spring start and Arizona’s Brandon Webb allowed his first three runs of the spring in the Diamondbacks’ 6-5 win over the Rangers.
“It felt good today,” Millwood said. “It was really windy out there. That was a crazy home run. … The only bad stretch were the two walks.”
The walks came back-to-back in the third to Damion Easley and Snyder before Byrnes singled in Easley to give Arizona a 1-0 lead. Millwood also struck out six.
Webb gave up five hits to the Rangers over five innings, including a two-run home run by David Dellucci and a run-scoring single by Rod Barajas, both former Diamondbacks. He had pitched nine shutout innings in three previous starts this spring.
Webb was almost a late scratch after his wife Alicia gave birth to the couple’s first child at 12:07 a.m. Saturday—a baby girl.
“I haven’t had a whole lot of sleep, no,” a weary but smiling Webb said. “I just wanted to get my work in today and stay within my pitch count (70). Now I’m going to hurry back. I haven’t had much time to see them.”
Carlos Quentin singled home Brian Barden from second base for the winning run in the ninth off losing pitcher Joaquin Benoit. Barden singled with one out and moved to second on an infield single by Scott Hairston.
The Texas Rangers on Saturday assigned RHP Rick Bauer to minor league camp. He was 1-0 in four games this spring (one start) with a 6.43 ERA as a non-roster invitee. … Mark Teixeira, who went 0-15 on Team USA in the World Baseball Classic, went 0-for-3 against the Diamondbacks after asking to be inserted in the starting lineup. … Teixeira, Michael Young and Erubiel Durazo all will be in the lineup Sunday for the Rangers against the Chicago Cubs. … Rangers RHP Frankie Francisco had a precautionary MRI Saturday after feeling some soreness in his pitching elbow. He missed the 2005 season with inflammation in the elbow that led to Tommy John surgery.