Mar 12, 2010 2:39 AM

Rangers pound Rox in Tucson

TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) - Aaron Cook was hit hard in his second spring start, allowing nine hits and nine runs, five earned, in 2 2-3 innings, and the Colorado Rockies were pounded by the Texas Rangers 16-5 on Thursday.

Cook hit Ian Kinsler with a 1-2 pitch during a four-run first when he gave three hits, including a two-run homer to first baseman Chris Davis, who went 4 for 4 with 3 RBI. Michael Young was 3 for 3 and Taylor Teagarden knocked in three runs for the Rangers, who had 23 hits.

Cook was hoping to throw 40 pitches or less but ended up throwing 73, leaving after a double by Young during a five-run second inning for Texas. Four of those runs were unearned due to a throwing error by third baseman Ian Stewart on an attempted force play.

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