SURPRISE, Ariz. (AP) — Prince Fielder singled home fellow Texas newcomer Shin-Soo Choo but Tommy Hanson gave up two runs on three consecutive extra-base hits in the first inning before settling down in the Rangers' 8-2 loss to a Colorado Rockies split-squad Wednesday.
Hanson, who is competing for a Texas rotation slot, struck out the next two batters. He pitched three innings, retiring the final five Rockies he faced.
"Whatever is going to be best for this team is going to happen. Hopefully, I can go out and do my part and throw well. This is where I want to be and play for," Hanson said. "Hopefully it all works out and comes together at the end of spring."
Neal Cotts, who had a Rangers' record 1.11 ERA in 58 relief appearances last year, allowed six runs on four hits, two walks and a wild pitch, while retiring only two of batters.
Charlie Culberson, who went 3 for 4, homered in the first off Hanson. Corey Dickerson, the next batter, tripled and scored on Wilin Rosario's double.
Hanson, who won at least 10 games four straight seasons from 2009-12 with Atlanta, gave up a home run to Charlie Culberson, the second batter he faced. Next Corey Dickson tripled and came home on Wilin Rosario's double.
Hanson struck out the next two after Rosairo's double and retired the final five Rockies he faced in his three innings.
"So-so," Hanson said of his second outing. "The ones they hit were up. When my fastball was down, I thought it was good and I got good results. When it was up, I didn't. I've got to stay away from those thigh-high fastballs."
Neal Cotts, who had a Rangers' record 1.11 ERA in 58 relief appearances last year, allowed six runs on four hits, two walks and a wild pitch, while retiring only two of eight Rockies in the seventh inning.
Prince Fielder singled home Shin-Soo Choo with the first Rangers' run.
Rockies: Franklin Morales, who was limited to one start and 19 relief appearances in last year with Boston because of injuries, allowed one run and three hits, while striking out five in three innings.
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