SURPRISE/LAS VEGAS (CBSDFW.COM/AP) – The Rangers enjoyed an up and down Saturday against two of baseball’s storied franchises.
While one split squad team beat the Dodgers, the other lost to the Cubs.
In Surprise, Clayton Kershaw allowed two singles in six stellar innings, but the Rangers scored four runs immediately after he departed and beat the Los Angeles Dodgers 4-0.
Kershaw, the 2011 NL Cy Young Award winner, struck out six and walked none, throwing 47 strikes in 70 pitches. After allowing 17 hits and eight earned runs in eight innings in his first three spring training starts, Kershaw has given up four hits and one unearned run in 11 innings in his past two.
Rangers left-hander Matt Harrison, an 18-game winner last season, limited the Dodgers to one hit, a single by Alfredo Amezaga leading off the game, in five innings. The Dodgers managed just one other hit.
Brandon League replaced Kershaw in the seventh and David Murphy homered on his second pitch to start a four-run inning with the Rangers sending 10 men to the plate.
In Las Vegas, Jeff Samardzija scattered three hits over five scoreless innings for a Chicago Cubs split squad in a 5-1 victory over the Rangers.
Samardzija struck out three and walked one.
Nick Tepesch started for the Rangers and allowed five hits, three runs, struck out two and walked one over five innings.
The Rangers didn’t put up much of a fight offensively as they only mustered six hits and one run.
The Cubs were unable to capitalize on Nate Schierholtz’s leadoff double in the second, but they took a 1-0 lead after Steve Clevenger opened the third with a double and Darwin Barney hit a one-out RBI single. The Cubs increased their lead to 2-0 on Starlin Castro’s sacrifice fly later in the third.
Scott Hairston opened the fourth with a homer to left that gave the Cubs a 3-0 lead. The Cubs increased their lead to 5-0 in the fifth on RBI singles by Dioner Navarro and Brian Bogusevic
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