Vicente Padilla allowed four hits, walked three and struck out five. (Matt Slocum/AP)
By T.R. Sullivan / MLB.com
Nelson Cruz's first solo homer started a four-run second inning, then he later added one in the eighth to give the Rangers plenty of support behind Vicente Padilla. Rookie shortstop Elvis Andrus also hit a two-run shot as Texas started 2-0 in a season for the first time since 2000.
BATTING 2B: Saltalamacchia (1, Hernandez, R), Kinsler (3, Hernandez, R), Young, M (1, Hernandez, R). 3B:
Hamilton (1, Hernandez, R). HR: Cruz, N 2 (2, 2nd inning off Hernandez, R, 0 on, 0 out; 7th inning
off Perez, R, 0 on, 2 out), Andrus (1, 6th inning off Betancourt, R, 0 on, 1 out). TB: Davis, C; Kinsler
2; Andrus 5; Hamilton 3; Saltalamacchia 2; Cruz, N 8; Young, M 2. RBI: Cruz, N 3 (3), Andrus 2 (2),
Kinsler (3), Young, M (2), Hamilton (1). 2-out RBI: Cruz, N. Runners left in scoring
position, 2 out: Hamilton; Davis, C. GIDP: Teagarden. Team RISP: 3-for-8. Team
BASERUNNING SB: Cruz, N (1, 2nd base off Hernandez, R/Martinez, V).
Young, M (1, throw), Andrus (1, throw), Wilson, C (1, throw).