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: Sizemore, G (1, Jennings), Garko (1, Wilson, C). HR: Francisco, B (1, 6th inning off Padilla, 1 on, 2 out). TB: Garko 2; Peralta; Hafner; Francisco, B 4; Martinez, V 2; Sizemore, G 2. RBI: Garko 2 (2), Francisco, B 2 (2). 2-out RBI: Francisco, B 2. Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Peralta; Cabrera, A 2; Hafner; DeRosa; Choo. Team RISP:
1-for-16. Team LOB: 10.
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 LOB: 4.
BASERUNNING SB: Cruz, N (1, 2nd base off Hernandez, R/Martinez, V).
FIELDING E: Young, M (1, throw), Andrus (1, throw), Wilson, C (1, throw).