SURPRISE, Ariz. (AP) -- Pitching into trouble was less concern for Texas Rangers right-hander Nick Tepesch than his ability to escape the jam.
Tepesch gave up one run, three hits and two walks in three innings Saturday as a Rangers' split squad beat the
Oakland Athletics 4-3. All but a single came in the third inning.
"I felt like I didn't have my best stuff but I competed," said Tepesch, whose ended the second and third innings with strikeouts. "I tried to attack hitters and go right after them. I felt like pretty good day overall.
After Jeff Lowrie singled home Coco Crisp, Tepesch loaded the bases with two outs. But the right-hander ended his outing with panache, striking out Brandon Moss on a slider after a nine-pitch duel to end the inning.
"Just trying to win the battle, that's what you're trying to do as a pitcher and that's what he's trying to do as a hitter," Tepesch said. "I kinda attacked him and got out of it."
Tepesch, a combined 11-6 with a 3.67 ERA last year at C...