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Rangers Defeat Cubs, Fall To Diamondbacks In Split-Squad Series

The Texas Rangers had a pair of games on Saturday afternoon using split-squads. The first game had the Rangers defeating the Chicago Cubs 12-7 where 15 of the games 19 runs where scored in the eighth and ninth innings. The Rangers got on the board by scoring three runs in the first two innings and led 3-1 after six innings before both offensives explode in the final two innings.

The key players for Texas' win were center fielder Julio Borbon who was two-for-three with a pair of RBI, left field Ryan Strausborger was two-for-two and scored two runs and first baseman Michael Bianucci who also was two-for-two plus he scored two RBI and a run.

In the second game the Rangers took on the Arizona Diamonbacks where they fell 8-6. Diamondback left fielder Jason Kubel led the way with two home runs, a triple and drove in three runs in victory. The Rangers did get off to a 3-0 led before the Diamonbacks broke things open with a five-run fifth inning.

The Rangers did score two runs in the bottom of the sixth to make it a two-run game on an Ian Kinsler two-run home run, but that would be the last of the scoring for the Rangers.

Scott Feldman was the starting pitcher for the Rangers and he lasted four and two-thirds innings, struck out five, but he also gave up seven hits and five earned runs in a losing effort.

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