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    SURPRISE, Ariz. (AP) - Jeff Francis' bid to make the Cincinnati Reds rotation as a non-roster invitee ran into a Texas-sized roadblock Monday night.

    Ian Kinsler homered and Nelson Cruz each hit two-run doubles off Francis to power the Rangers to an 12-2 rout of the Reds.

    "It was bad," Francis said. "Right now there is a lot frustration. I have to think about what I did. I've had days like this before. It's not my first and not my last."

    Francis retired the first three hitters but then allowed 11 runs on 11 hits, pitching three batters deep into the fourth inning without getting an out. He walked one and struck out four.

    The left-hander was coming off an outing in which he gave up three runs - two earned - on seven hits in five innings with five strikeouts against Seattle on March 20.

    The Reds have until Wednesday to place Francis on the 25-man roster otherwise he can opt out of his minor-league contract and try to catch on with another club.

    "We're still analyzing what we have and what we need," said Reds manager Dusty Baker. "He was just getting too many balls over the heart of the plate."

    Texas batted around in the second against Francis, and again in the fourth against the combination of Francis and reliever Nick Christiani.

    Michael Young had three hits and scored three runs, Mitch Moreland had a two-run single and Josh Hamilton added a two-run double for the Rangers, who won for only the second time in Surprise this spring.

    While Francis struggled, Rangers starter Scott Feldman had little trouble with the Reds. Feldman, who likely will be a spot starter and long reliever in the Texas bullpen, scattered three hits over six scoreless innings and struck out nine.

    Those strikeouts, Feldman said, essentially were accidental.

    "I was talking to (Rangers executive) Greg Maddux and he said not to even try to strike guys out," Feldman said. "Just try and get ground balls and that's what I did tonight. You can see why he won a lot of games."

    Rangers closer Joe Nathan, who entered the game having allowed eight runs in five innings, threw a perfect seventh and struck out two. Right-hander Mike Adams followed with a scoreless eighth.

    Reds reliever Bill Bray, who has been slowed this spring by a groin injury, gave up two hits but struck out the side in the sixth.

    "Once I got that first fastball out of the way I was really pleased," Bray said. "I was really, really happy. With a week to go I'm going to give it my best shot to be ready when the season starts."

    Juan Francisco homered off Mark Lowe in the ninth for Cincinnati.

    NOTES: Both of Texas' home wins have come against the Ohio teams - Cincinnati and the Cleveland Indians. . Francis threw 15 pitches to get the first three outs and 57 more to record six more. . Reds LF Ryan Ludwick was a late scratch from the starting lineup due to nausea. . Earlier Monday, the Rangers released non-roster invitees OF Conor Jackson and LHPs Mitch Stetter and Joe Biemel. Texas also optioned RHP Mark Hamburger to Triple-A Round Rock and assigned RHP Sean Green to minor-league camp. . Texas RHPs Neftali Feliz and Colby Lewis will start in minor-league games Tuesday evening on the back fields. Feliz will be making his first live appearance since leaving his start March 20 with tightness in his right shoulder. . RHP Mat Latos will start for the Reds on Tuesday against the Cubs.

     
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    Cincinnati Reds
    HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
    Willie Harris, 2B4000021 .216
    Wilson Valdez, 3B4010020 .278
        Billy Hamilton, PR0100000 .000
    Todd Frazier, RF4000020 .244
    Danny Dorn, LF2000000 .200
        Ryan LaMarre, CF2000011 .000
    Juan Francisco, DH4122010 .175
    Miguel Cairo, 1B4010010 .364
    Daryl Jones, CF-LF3010012 .267
    Ryan Hanigan, C3010023 .212
    Paul Janish, SS3000012 .294
    Totals33262013  
    Batting
    HR - Juan Francisco (2, Lowe)
    RBI - Juan Francisco 2 (5)
    2-OUT RBI - Juan Francisco 2 (3)
    Team LOB - 4
    Cincinnati Reds
    PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
    Jeff Francis (L,0-2) 3111111141 8.44
    Nick Christiani 1211200 5.40
    Travis Webb 1000010 0.00
    Bill Bray 1200030 0.00
    Jose Arredondo 2300120 5.00
    Pitches-Strikes - Jeff Francis 75-47, Nick Christiani 33-16, Travis Webb 8-5, Bill Bray 25-16, Jose Arredondo 36-23
    Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jeff Francis 2-3, Nick Christiani 1-2, Travis Webb 1-1, Jose Arredondo 2-2
    Batters Faced - Jeff Francis 21, Nick Christiani 7, Travis Webb 3, Bill Bray 5, Jose Arredondo 10
    Texas Rangers
    HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
    Ian Kinsler, 2B4222003 .381
        Alberto Gonzalez, 2B2000002 .281
    Elvis Andrus, SS3110110 .378
        Luis Hernandez, SS1010000 .290
    Josh Hamilton, CF4112021 .244
        Julio Borbon, CF1000001 .256
    Adrian Beltre, 3B4220001 .238
        Guilder Rodriguez, 3B00001001.000
    Michael Young, DH3330000 .441
       a- Dusty Brown, PH-DH2000022 .333
    Nelson Cruz, RF3123001 .282
        Joey Butler, RF2010010 .429
    David Murphy, LF3111001 .318
        Brandon Snyder, LF2020000 .320
    Yorvit Torrealba, C2001124 .222
        Luis Martinez, C1000001 .435
    Mitch Moreland, 1B2113110 .265
        Brad Hawpe, 1B2010012 .227
    Totals41121812410  
    a-struck out for Young in the 6th
    Batting
    2B - Josh Hamilton (3, Francis), Adrian Beltre (2, Francis), Nelson Cruz (2, Francis), David Murphy (1, Francis), Brandon Snyder (2, Bray)
    HR - Ian Kinsler (4, Francis)
    SF - Yorvit Torrealba (1)
    RBI - Ian Kinsler 2 (7), Josh Hamilton 2 (4), Nelson Cruz 3 (9), David Murphy (7), Yorvit Torrealba (4), Mitch Moreland 3 (6)
    2-OUT RBI - Ian Kinsler 2 (3), Mitch Moreland 3 (4)
    Team LOB - 10
    Texas Rangers
    PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
    Scott Feldman (W,1-2) 6300090 3.15
    Joe Nathan (H,1) 1000020 12.00
    Mike Adams (H,3) 1100010 3.60
    Mark Lowe 1222011 5.14
    Pitches-Strikes - Scott Feldman 79-54, Joe Nathan 13-9, Mike Adams 12-8, Mark Lowe 14-12
    Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Scott Feldman 3-6, Joe Nathan 1-0, Mark Lowe 1-1
    Batters Faced - Scott Feldman 21, Joe Nathan 3, Mike Adams 4, Mark Lowe 5
    Game Information
    Attendance - 6962
    Game Time - 2:52
    Temperature - 72
    Umpires - Home - Toby Basner, First Base - Brian Knight, Second Base - UMP Nonindividual, Third Base - Al Porter