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Skaggs strikes out 9; D-backs beat Texas

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PHOENIX (AP) -- Tyler Skaggs, just called up from the minors, struck out nine in six scoreless innings and the Arizona Diamondbacks held on to beat the Texas Rangers 5-3 in the opener of a doubleheader on Monday.

Skaggs (1-0), who lost out to Patrick Corbin for Arizona's fifth starting spot in the spring, was recalled from Triple-A Reno after scheduled starter Ian Kennedy cut his right index finger washing dishes.

The 21-year-old left-hander gave up three hits and walked three, one intentionally.

Another 21-year-old lefty, Martin Perez (0-1), took the loss in his first start of the season, allowing four runs, three earned, in 5 1-3 innings.

Cody Ross hit a solo homer for the Diamondbacks.

Adrian Beltre had a two-run single in Texas' three-run ninth.

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