Rangers 6, Diamondbacks 4

Young right-hander Daniel Hudson looks as if he’s ready to pick

up where he left off last year for Arizona. Unfortunately for the

Diamondbacks, so did reliever Juan Gutierrez.

Hudson didn’t allow a run in 4 2-3 innings and Russell Branyan

hit his fifth home run of the spring, but Texas rallied for four

runs off Gutierrez in the ninth to beat the Diamondbacks 6-4 on

Monday.

It was the final game for Arizona at its new Salt River Fields

spring training facility this season and the last game in Arizona

for the Rangers, who flew out afterward for an exhibition game

against Coastal Carolina University on Tuesday in Myrtle Beach,

S.C.

Hudson gave up four hits, struck out four and walked two.

”I had a couple of rough ones in a row,” he said, ”so it felt

good to have a good outing like that to end the spring and get

going into the regular season.”

The right-hander, who turned 24 on March 9, was 7-1 in 11 starts

with a 1.69 ERA after coming to Arizona from the Chicago White Sox

as part of the Edwin Jackson trade last year. He opens the year as

Arizona’s No. 2 starter behind Ian Kennedy. His first outing will

be Saturday at Colorado.

Hudson’s previous game was against Texas, too, and he wound up

allowing seven runs on eight hits in 2 2-3 innings. He was given

the option of throwing a minor league game rather than facing the

Rangers again.

”I said, `No, I’ll go after them again,”’ he said. ”It’s not

a big deal. Everybody has those outings every once in a while. I

just kind of push through it and go on to the next one.”

Branyan’s two-run shot was the only damage done to Texas starter

Matt Harrison, who allowed four hits, struck out three and walked

two in four innings.

”Other than the ball that the big King Kong hit, I thought

Harry did a good job of minimizing damage,” Rangers manager Ron

Washington said. ”It could have been worse than that but he

settled down. He made pitches when he had to. He got outs when he

needed the outs.”

Branyan had a grand slam against the Rangers last Wednesday.

Gutierrez, 0-6 with a 5.08 ERA last season, gave up four runs on

five hits in one-third of an inning. For the spring, he’s 0-3 with

an 11.70 ERA.

With Arizona struggling all spring, the problems weren’t just

with Gutierrez, obviously.

”We haven’t pitched well overall,” manager Kirk Gibson said.

”We haven’t shut people down when we need to, so we need to have

some discussion on it.”

The Diamondbacks’ 11-25 spring record is the worst in

baseball.

Before the game, Gibson announced that Armando Galarraga would

be the team’s fifth starter. The Rangers still have not said who

their fifth starter will be, but the odds-on favorite is Alexi

Ogando, scheduled to start against Coastal Carolina on Tuesday.

After that, the American League champions go to Austin, Texas,

to face their Triple-A team in Round Rock before heading home to

open their season Friday against Boston.