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SAN ANTONIO (AP) - There was baseball at the Alamodome, and the dimensions were unique, to say the least.

Leonys Martin hit the go-ahead single in the sixth inning as the Texas Rangers edged the San Diego Padres 5-4 in exhibition play Friday night in the first baseball game played in the Alamodome.

The teams were scheduled to play again Saturday afternoon in a stadium designed for football - and just about every other sport, except baseball. The configuration meant that the wall down the line in right field was wedged in to measure 285 feet away from home plate, 16 feet high and draped by a tarp that brought reminders of the days in the Metrodome in Minnesota.

The Padres didn't need it to build a 2-0 lead through the fourth with long home runs by Will Venable in the No. 2 slot in the first off Rangers starter Alexi Ogando, and Jedd Gyorko in the fourth inning.

"Those are out of any ballpark," Padres manager Bud Black said. "If (Venable) hits that one at Petco (in San Diego), it hits the sand (well past the outfield wall)."

Trailing 3-2, the Rangers opened their half of the sixth inning with singles by David Murphy and Jose Felix and a double down the right-field line by Mitch Moreland. That sent home Murphy to tie the game, and Texas got the lead when Martin followed with his second infield hit.

Moreland moved over to third and scored when Padres reliever Huston Street was called for a balk.

The Padres have their Double-A affiliate in San Antonio, and one of their own added a late home run. Jonathan Galvez, who hit six home runs in 82 games last year with the San Antonio Missions of the Texas League, drilled a solo homer over the 354-foot sign in straightaway left field with two outs in the ninth.

Venable was 3-for-4 at the plate, accounting for more than half of the Padres' five hits. Three of San Diego's hits were home runs, two off Rangers starter Ogando. He also walked three.

"He didn't have his best stuff, and (when) you don't have your best stuff and you keep your team in the ballgame, I think you're out there pitching well," Rangers manager Ron Washington said. "He walked guys, but he pitched around that. We got double plays. The guys he walked didn't score on us."

After the end of the two-game swing at the Alamodome on Saturday, the Rangers jump right into opening day by making the approximate 200-mile trip down Interstate-10 to Houston to play the Astros on Sunday.

Notes: This was the first baseball game conducted at the Alamodome in the 20 years it has been open, however several teams held spring training in San Antonio until 1941 when the St. Louis Browns and Boston Braves trained here. . The last time a Major League game was played in San Antonio came in April 1999 when the Houston Astros played the Detroit Tigers in an exhibition at the city's Double-A ballpark. . The first pitch was thrown by San Antonio mayor Julian Castro and caught by former Rangers catcher Ivan "Pudge" Rodriguez. ... The Padres made what are expected to be their final roster moves by optioning outfielder Kyle Blanks and left-handed pitcher Tommy Layne to Triple-A Tucson.

 
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Players of the Game
Texas

L. Martin
AB 3
R 0
H 2
HR 0
RBI 1
San Diego

W. Venable
AB 4
R 1
H 3
HR 1
RBI 1
 

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San Diego Padres
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Everth Cabrera, SS3000100 .328
Will Venable, RF4131000 .237
Carlos Quentin, DH3000111 .214
Yonder Alonso, 1B3000011 .212
    Kyle Blanks, 1B1000000 .354
Jesus Guzman, LF3100100 .302
Jedd Gyorko, 3B2112100 .268
    Jonathan Galvez, 2B1111000 .390
Nick Hundley, C3000021 .353
    John Baker, C0000100 .275
Cameron Maybin, CF1000111 .310
    Rico Noel, PR-CF1000001 .533
Alexi Amarista, 2B-3B3000003 .314
Totals2845465  
Batting
HR - Will Venable (4, Ogando), Jedd Gyorko (4, Ogando), Jonathan Galvez (2, Nathan)
RBI - Will Venable (11), Jedd Gyorko 2 (12), Jonathan Galvez (9)
2-OUT RBI - Jedd Gyorko 2 (7), Jonathan Galvez (1)
CS - Everth Cabrera (4, 2nd base by Frasor/Pierzynski), Will Venable (1, 3rd base by Ross/Felix)
Team LOB - 4
Fielding
DP - Cabrera-Amarista-Alonso
E - Jesus Guzman (3, Dropped fly)
San Diego Padres
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Eric Stults 4321230 5.87
Dale Thayer (H,2) 1100120 4.66
Huston Street (BS,1; L,0-1) 0.1433000 4.82
Brad Brach 0.2000000 5.40
Luke Gregerson 1100000 0.00
Anthony Bass 1200010 2.57
Pitches-Strikes - Eric Stults 29-21, Dale Thayer 13-9, Huston Street 6-5, Brad Brach 2-2, Luke Gregerson 5-4, Anthony Bass 7-7
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Eric Stults 2-7, Dale Thayer 1-1, Huston Street 1-0, Brad Brach 2-0, Luke Gregerson 2-1, Anthony Bass 1-1
Batters Faced - Eric Stults 17, Dale Thayer 6, Huston Street 5, Brad Brach 2, Luke Gregerson 4, Anthony Bass 5
Texas Rangers
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Ian Kinsler, 2B3000111 .222
    Greg Miclat, 2B1010000 .600
Elvis Andrus, SS2110101 .404
    Guilder Rodriguez, SS1010000 .300
Lance Berkman, DH3000125 .245
   a- Yangervis Solarte, PH-DH1000002 .234
Adrian Beltre, 3B3110004 .265
   b- Jeff Baker, PH-3B1010000 .429
Nelson Cruz, RF2001013 .243
   c- Jim Adduci, PH-RF1000001 .404
David Murphy, LF3110000 .313
   d- Julio Borbon, PH-CF1000001 .328
A.J. Pierzynski, C2011000 .327
    Jose Felix, C2110001 .385
Mitch Moreland, 1B3111002 .383
    Brett Nicholas, 1B1000000 .333
Leonys Martin, CF3021010 .365
    Ryan Strausborger, LF1000010 .375
Totals34511436  
a-popped out for Berkman in the 8th
b-singled for Beltre in the 7th
c-grounded out for Cruz in the 7th
d-grounded out for Murphy in the 7th
Batting
2B - Mitch Moreland (7, Street)
SF - Nelson Cruz (1)
SH - Elvis Andrus (1)
RBI - Nelson Cruz (10), A.J. Pierzynski (8), Mitch Moreland (14), Leonys Martin (13)
2-OUT RBI - A.J. Pierzynski (3)
SB - Elvis Andrus (3, 2nd base off Stults/Hundley), Jeff Baker (1, 2nd base off Gregerson/Baker), Leonys Martin 2 (5, 2nd base off Thayer/Hundley, 3rd base off Street/Hundley)
Team LOB - 10
Fielding
DP - Ogando-Andrus-Moreland, Andrus-Moreland, Rodriguez-Nicholas
E - Ian Kinsler 2 (2, Throwing)
Texas Rangers
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Alexi Ogando 4233342 3.55
Jason Frasor 1000200 6.14
Robbie Ross (W,3-0) 1100010 2.33
Tanner Scheppers (H,2) 1000000 3.60
Michael Kirkman (H,3) 1100000 2.45
Joe Nathan (S,1) 1111101 7.71
HBP - Maybin (by Tanner Scheppers)
WP - Alexi Ogando (2)
Pitches-Strikes - Alexi Ogando 40-24, Jason Frasor 9-1, Robbie Ross 6-6, Tanner Scheppers 5-4, Michael Kirkman 3-3, Joe Nathan 11-5
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Alexi Ogando 3-4, Jason Frasor 1-0, Robbie Ross 1-0, Tanner Scheppers 1-3, Michael Kirkman 2-0, Joe Nathan 1-2
Batters Faced - Alexi Ogando 16, Jason Frasor 3, Robbie Ross 3, Tanner Scheppers 5, Michael Kirkman 3, Joe Nathan 5
Game Information
Attendance - 34641
Game Time - 2:46
Temperature - 72
Umpires - Home - Jordan Baker, First Base - Todd Tichenor, Second Base - Lance Barrett, Third Base - Seth Buckminster