SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- The D-backs scored seven runs in the third inning as they cruised to a 12-0 victory over the Rangers on Tuesday afternoon in front of a sellout crowd at Salt River Fields.Brandon Drury smacked two doubles and collected a pair of RBIs during the frame while David
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- The D-backs scored seven runs in the third inning as they cruised to a 12-0 victory over the Rangers on Tuesday afternoon in front of a sellout crowd at Salt River Fields.
Brandon Drury smacked two doubles and collected a pair of RBIs during the frame while David Peralta added a two-run single. The D-backs sent 11 men to the plate in the inning.
That was more than enough support for a pitching staff led by starter Patrick Corbin, who helped his bid for a rotation spot, by allowing just one hit over five scoreless innings. Corbin did not walk a batter and struck out five, retiring the last 15 batters he faced.
"Patrick set the tone on the mound, five really crisp innings," D-backs manager Torey Lovullo said. "His stuff was outstanding."
Rangers starter Chi Chi Gonzalez began the game striking out three of four batters he faced in the first inning. But he gave up two runs in the second and six more in the third inning before finally being pulled.
"I didn't get the results, but I felt good out there," Gonzalez said.
The Rangers starter struggled, but their top relievers did not. Tony Barnette, Tanner Scheppers and Jeremy Jeffress all made the trip to Scottsdale and pitched a scoreless inning each.
Chris Iannetta, Ildemaro Vargas and Chris Owings all went deep for Arizona.
Rangers Up Next:Shin-Soo Choo will be back in the lineup Wednesday when the Rangers host the Indians at 3:05 p.m. CT on Wednesday in Surprise. Choo was with the Indians from 2006-12 and is 2-for-16 this spring.
D-backs Up Next:Taijuan Walker, who has yet to allow a run in nine innings this spring, will start Wednesday against the Cubs at Sloan Park at 7:05 p.m. MST.
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Steve Gilbert has covered the D-backs for MLB.com since 2001. Follow him on Twitter @SteveGilbertMLB.
T.R. Sullivan has covered the Rangers since 1989, and for MLB.com since 2006. Follow him on Twitter @Sullivan_Ranger and listen to his podcast.