Moss' two-homer day paces A's onslaught
Jaso adds four RBIs as Oakland pounds out 17 hits against Texas pitching
PHOENIX -- Outfield prospect Nick Williams hit home runs in both of his at-bats, including a game-tying shot in the top of the ninth, and Brett Lillibridge added a sacrifice fly as the Rangers rallied for a 16-15 victory over an A's split squad on Saturday.
Back-to-back home runs by Brandon Moss and Josh Reddick helped the Athletics jump to a 13-6 lead after five innings. But the Rangers had their own back-to-back home runs by Williams and Robinson Chirinos off of Athletics reliever Ryan Dull in the seventh.
Moss, who entered the game hitting .409 for the spring, also had a home run in the sixth inning when the Athletics scored five runs off of Nick Tepesch. Moss has three home runs this spring. Catcher John Jaso was 3-for-3 with a double, triple and four RBIs.
Rangers outfielder Michael Choice was 2-for-3 with a home run against his former team. Choice was acquired by the Rangers from the Athletics in the offseason and is now hitting .389 (14-for-36) this spring with a .694 slugging percentage.
Both starters didn't get get through three innings. Rangers starter Colby Lewis allowed six runs in 1 1/3 innings while Arnold Leon, who had not allowed a run in three relief appearances for the Athletics, gave up three runs on two hits and two walks in 2 2/3 innings. Oakland middle relief candidates Evan Scribner and Philip Humber also gave up three runs each. Tepesch allowed seven runs in three innings.
Rangers catcher Geovany Soto had two singles in three trips to the plate in his second start of the Cactus League. Soto, who had a bone removed from his ankle on Feb. 22, also caught five innings. Josh Wilson was also 2-for-3 while batting leadoff and playing second base for the Rangers.
Up next: Sonny Gray gets the nod for a Sunday start against the host Reds at Goodyear Ballpark beginning at 1:05 p.m. PT. Gray, who's likely now in line for his first career Opening Day start with the injured Jarrod Parker shelved, is coming off his best outing of the spring -- a one-hit, four-inning performance against the Padres. He walked none and struck out two in that outing.
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