SURPRISE, Ariz. – Prince Fielder singled home fellow Texas newcomer Shin-Soo Choo but Tommy Hanson gave up two runs on three consecutive extra-base hits in the first inning before settling down in the Rangers' 8-2 loss to a Colorado Rockies split-squad Wednesday.
Hanson, who is competing for a Texas rotation slot, struck out the next two batters. He pitched three innings, retiring the final five Rockies he faced.
Neal Cotts, who had a Rangers' record 1.11 ERA in 58 relief appearances last year, allowed six runs on four hits, two walks and a wild pitch, while retiring only two of batters.
Charlie Culberson, who went 3 for 4, homered in the first off Hanson. Corey Dickerson, the next batter, tripled and scored on Wilin Rosario's double.