PHOENIX — Randy Wells hopes that maybe, just maybe, this will be the year that everything falls into place.
Injury and inconsistency have plagued the 30-year-old right-hander during his career, which up until 2013 primarily had been with the Chicago Cubs.
Now with the Texas Rangers, he is making a bid for the No. 5 spot in their rotation.
On Thursday, he had the team’s longest outing of the spring, giving up a run on three hits in five innings of a 6-2 victory over the Oakland Athletics.
Wells struck out four, walked four, hit a batter and gave up a solo home run to Josh Reddick in the fifth inning.
Leadoff hitter Ian Kinsler and No. 2 Elvis Andrus both reached base in the first inning — on an error and a single — and scored on sacrifice flies by Lance Berkman and Adrian Beltre.
In the third inning, Kinsler drove in a run with a double and scored on a double by Andrus.
Kinsler, whose leadoff role was the subject of much debate by Rangers fans last season, went from first to third on Andrus’ single to left when he caught A’s left fielder Yoenis Cespedes off guard.
Royals 5, Indians 3: Adam Moore hit two of the Kansas City Royals’ seven doubles and drove in two runs in a 5-3 victory over the Cleveland Indians on Thursday.
Moore, bidding for a job as backup catcher, had three hits as the designated hitter.
Starting catcher Salvador Perez had two hits, including a double. Mike Moustakas, David Lough, Johnny Giavotella and Chris Getz all had doubles.
Zach McAllister pitched 3 1-3 innings, allowing three runs on five hits, a walk and two hit batters.