Rangers win a wacky one

4-10-07 -- Frank Catalanotto hit a three-run homer in a seven-run third inning and the Texas Rangers defeated the Tampa Bay Devil Rays 12-9 on Tuesday night.

Kenny Lofton reached base five times, going 3-for-3 with a homer, three runs scored and three RBIs.

Catalanotto went 3-for-5 with four RBIs, and Ian Kinsler also homered for the Rangers, who reached .500 (4-4) for the first time this season.

Scott Feldman (1-0) threw 2 1-3 innings of two-hit shutout relief for his first major league victory.

Devil Rays starter Jae Seo (0-1) gave up 10 runs -- five earned -- and eight hits in three innings.

Ty Wigginton had four RBIs including a three-run homer for the Devil Rays, who lost their fourth in a row. Delmon Young hit a two-run homer in the ninth innning, his second of the year.

Lofton, who began the night with a .115 average, led off the first with a homer for the 29th time in his career, aided by an 18 mph wind blowing out to right. Texas made it 3-0 in the second on Kinsler's two-run shot.

But the Devil Rays knocked around Texas starter Jamey Wright, in his Rangers debut, for five runs and five hits over 2 2-3 innings.

Wright gave up only a leadoff walk in the first two innings, but the Devil Rays came back with a five-run third capped by Wigginton's three-run blast.

Dioner Navarro added an RBI double and B.J. Upton a run-scoring triple in the third.

After Young followed Wigginton's homer with a two-out single, Rangers manager Ron Washington brought in Feldman, who retired Akinori Iwamura on a groundout to end the inning.

The 32-year-old Wright was a non-roster invitee to spring training after compiling a 6-10 record and 5.19 ERA in 34 games for the San Francisco Giants last season. Wright had a solid spring training for the Rangers to win the job as the No. 5 starter.

Brad Wilkerson's two-run single in the third tied the score at 5 to get Wright off the hook.

Gerald Laird followed with a fly ball that was dropped for an error by Young, and two batters later, Lofton's two-run single put Texas in front 7-5.

Catalanotto's three-run shot extended the lead to 10-5.


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