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SURPRISE, Ariz. (AP) - Not even Yu Darvish can stay perfect perpetually.

Darvish allowed two walks and struck out three in three hitless innings in the Texas Rangers' 5-4 win over the San Diego Padres on Monday.

Darvish, who struck out two in two perfect innings in his first start, threw 23 of his 39 pitches for strikes.

"I think the definition of a good pitcher is to get outs when you don't have your good stuff," Darvish said. "I did that today so I think it was a good outing."

San Diego made some solid contact against Darvish. Engel Beltre made a running catch just shy of the right-center field wall in the first, Adrian Beltre stopped a sharp bouncer to third to start a double play in the second and David Murphy caught an Alexi Amarista fly ball near the fence in left in the third to end Darvish's outing.

"Although I didn't have all my pitches today, my slider was working particularly well so I tried to focus on that pitch as much as possible and it worked out," Darvish said. "Even if you don't have your best stuff you have to think and manage the other lineup. I think that's what I did today and I think that's what I'm going to keep doing."

Rangers manager Ron Washington said he didn't see much different from Darvish.

"I didn't see it but I wasn't on the mound," Washington said. "He had an

Adrian Beltre was seeing his first game action of the spring after being slowed by tightness in his right calf. Beltre doubled down the right-field line to lead off the first, reached on an error and grounded out in three at-bats.

"I don't need a lot of at-bats," Beltre said. "It depends how I feel. Most of my best years have been when I take less at-bats in spring training. Sometimes in a long spring training, I start at the beginning and by the end I don't feel good. It all depends on how I feel."

Padres starter Eric Stults struggled in the first inning before settling down to complete his scheduled three innings. Stults allowed two runs on two hits and a walk in the first but then retired six of the final seven batters he faced.

"The second time out, it was a little easier," said Stults, who allowed four runs on a hit and two walks in his first start. "The first time facing hitters at game speed, I was maybe a little too amped-up. Today was better. I was able to throw all four pitches for strikes."

Sean O'Sullivan, vying for a spot at the back end of the Padres' rotation, gave up one hit, walked one and struck out one in two scoreless innings.

Kyle Blanks homered to lead off the fifth. Gregorio Petit had a run-scoring single and Yasmani Grandal added an RBI double during San Diego's three-run seven inning that put the Padres up 4-2.

Aaron Cunningham's RBI single in the eighth pulled Texas within 4-3, and Joey Butler and Jeff Baker had RBI singles for the Rangers in the ninth.

NOTES: Rangers relievers Cody Buckel and Coty Woods combined to hit four batters in the seventh and eighth. ... Padres LF Travis Buck, the first hitter up after Darvish departed, singled to center to start the fourth. ... Adrian Beltre said he hopes to play for the Dominican Republic in the second round of the World Baseball Classic. ... The good news for the Rangers on Martin Perez's broken left arm, such that it is, is the left-hander sustained a non-displaced fracture of his ulna - in other words, the bone is cracked but did not break clean through. Perez, who was hit by a line drive on Sunday, is wearing a temporary splint and the club is optimistic he could return by May. ... Padres OF James Darnell remains sidelined with a strained oblique muscle. Darnell was off to a 2-for-10 start but has not played since Feb. 25. ... Texas has its first of three off days on Tuesday.

 
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J. Baker
AB 1
R 0
H 1
HR 0
RBI 1
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K. Blanks
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H 1
HR 1
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San Diego Padres
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Alexi Amarista, SS-2B4000012 .240
   a- Rene Rivera, PH1000000 .100
Travis Buck, LF3010000 .364
    Jeudy Valdez, SS1000010 .267
Mark Kotsay, RF2000101 .667
    Yeison Asencio, RF2000013 .154
Jesus Guzman, DH2010011 .313
    Rico Noel, PR-DH-CF1110000 .500
Jedd Gyorko, 2B1000101 .273
    Gregorio Petit, 2B-3B2111010 .267
Kyle Blanks, 1B2112011 .476
    Jason Hagerty, 1B1000011 .111
Cody Ransom, 3B2000001 .267
    Yasmani Grandal, C1110000 .571
Jaff Decker, CF-LF3010010 .192
John Baker, C2000000 .133
    Jonathan Galvez, LF-2B2011003 .400
Totals3248428  
a-grounded out for Quackenbush in the 9th
Batting
2B - Jesus Guzman (1, Cotts), Jonathan Galvez (2, Buckel)
HR - Kyle Blanks (1, Cotts)
SF - Kyle Blanks (2)
RBI - Gregorio Petit (2), Kyle Blanks 2 (4), Jonathan Galvez (2)
SB - Rico Noel 2 (2, 2nd base off Buckel/Apodaca, 2nd base off Woods/Apodaca)
Team LOB - 8
Fielding
DP - Valdez-Galvez-Hagerty
E - Cody Ransom (2, Misplayed grounder)
San Diego Padres
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Eric Stults 3222100 13.50
Sean O'Sullivan 2100110 1.29
Brad Boxberger 1000110 4.15
Brad Brach (H,1) 1000100 0.00
Kevin Quackenbush (H,1) 1211100 3.00
Matthew Stites (BS,1; L,0-1) 0.2322120 9.82
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Eric Stults 6-4, Sean O'Sullivan 2-2, Brad Boxberger 2-0, Brad Brach 3-0, Kevin Quackenbush 1-0
Batters Faced - Eric Stults 13, Sean O'Sullivan 7, Brad Boxberger 4, Brad Brach 4, Kevin Quackenbush 4, Matthew Stites 6
Texas Rangers
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Adrian Beltre, 3B3110000 .333
    Guilder Rodriguez, 3B2000013 .000
Ian Kinsler, 2B2100111 .167
    Jeff Baker, 2B1011100 .350
Lance Berkman, DH3000013 .200
   a- Brandon Allen, PH-DH1000001 .267
Mitch Moreland, 1B3000001 .263
    Brandon Snyder, 1B1110000 .200
David Murphy, LF2012100 .316
    Aaron Cunningham, PR-LF1011000 .429
A.J. Pierzynski, C3010002 .308
    Juan Apodaca, C0000000 .000
   b- Yangervis Solarte, PH0000000 .250
    Zach Zaneski, C0000000 .000
   c- Jim Adduci, PH0100100 .333
Engel Beltre, RF2000100 .143
    Mike Olt, RF1000011 .158
Leonys Martin, CF2000101 .381
    Julio Borbon, CF1110000 .368
Jurickson Profar, SS2000000 .190
    Luis Sardinas, SS0000000 .000
   d- Joey Butler, PH1011000 .231
Totals3158564  
a-grounded into a double play for Berkman in the 8th
b-?? for Apodaca in the 8th
c-walked for Zaneski in the 9th
d-singled for Sardinas in the 9th
Batting
2B - Adrian Beltre (1, Stults), Brandon Snyder (1, Quackenbush), A.J. Pierzynski (2, O'Sullivan), Julio Borbon (4, Stites)
SH - Jurickson Profar (1)
RBI - Jeff Baker (2), David Murphy 2 (3), Aaron Cunningham (2), Joey Butler (2)
2-OUT RBI - Jeff Baker (1), David Murphy 2 (2), Aaron Cunningham (1)
CS - Aaron Cunningham (1, 2nd base by Quackenbush/Grandal), Leonys Martin (2, 2nd base by O'Sullivan/Baker)
Team LOB - 7
Fielding
DP - Beltre-Kinsler-Moreland, Kinsler-Profar-Moreland
E - Leonys Martin (1, Throwing)
Texas Rangers
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Yu Darvish 3000230 0.00
Neal Cotts (H,1) 1.2311001 8.31
Evan Meek (H,1) 1.1000000 9.64
Cody Buckel (BS,1) 0.2433010 63.00
Coty Woods 1.1100030 2.25
Cory Burns (W,1-1) 1000010 6.75
HBP - Guzman (by Cody Buckel), Valdez (by Cody Buckel), Grandal (by Coty Woods), Decker (by Coty Woods)
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Yu Darvish 1-4, Neal Cotts 2-2, Evan Meek 2-2, Cory Burns 2-0
Batters Faced - Yu Darvish 10, Neal Cotts 7, Evan Meek 4, Cody Buckel 8, Coty Woods 7, Cory Burns 3
Game Information
Attendance - 3902
Game Time - 2:57
Temperature - 74
Umpires - Home - Adam Hamari, First Base - Doug Eddings, Second Base - Al Porter, Third Base - Quinn Wolcott