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Prospect Jack Kruger helps Angels to come-from-behind victory

THE GAME: A day after the Angels scored six runs in the ninth to tie, they scored four in the ninth to pull out a 12-11 victory over the Texas Rangers on Monday afternoon at Surprise Stadium.
HITTING REPORT: Jack Kruger, the Angels’ top catching prospect, gave them a lead in the seventh with a three-run homer and he tied the score in the ninth with a three-run triple. Kruger is 6 for 15 this spring. “He’s just growing, especially as an offensive player,” Manager Brad Ausmus said. “He hit those balls hard. The home run to right-center was pretty impressive.” … Kevan Smith drove in two runs with a double and then David Fletcher drove in two with a double, erasing the Angels’ four-run deficit in the third inning. … Peter Bourjos had a single in three at-bats, which actually dropped his spring average to .462 (12 for 26).
PITCHING REPORT: Right-hander Matt Harvey recorded just four outs and allowed four runs. There was an error behind him and a blooper that fell in. Harvey struck out one and walked one. “I felt like things were all over the middle quite a bit,” Harvey said. “Just kind of out of whack. That’s expected in spring training. I’m not happy with it, but it’s something to work on and figure out what’s going on and just get ready for my next start.” Ausmus said Harvey had “the mid-spring training blues.” … Right-hander Cody Allen gave up two runs, including a homer to Hunter Pence. He had not allowed any runs in his first four innings. … Right-hander Ty Buttrey pitched a scoreless inning with two strikeouts. … Right-hander Luis Garcia pitched a scoreless inning, working around two walks. … After the Angels took their first lead of the day, right-hander Forrest Snow allowed the Rangers to go back on top when he gave up three runs in the seventh. He gave up two more in the eighth.
DEFENSE REPORT: Third baseman Taylor Ward tried to make a backhand play but he bobbled it for an error. It was his fourth error of the spring in 57 innings at third. … Catcher Jonathan Lucroy threw out a runner trying to steal second.
UP NEXT: The Angels have their first of two off days of the spring. They return to action on Wednesday at 6 p.m. PT against the Padres at Tempe Diablo Stadium.
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