|Date of game: 3/31/2014
Recap: Texas vs. Philadelphia
Arlington, TX (SportsNetwork.com) - Cody Asche finished a triple shy of the cycle and scored four times, Jimmy Rollins slugged a grand slam, and the Philadelphia Phillies produced their most runs on Opening Day since 1900 with a 14-10 victory over the Texas Rangers at Globe Life Park.
Rollins' bases-loaded blast in the second was his 200th career home run and highlighted a six-run frame for the Phillies, who pounded out 17 hits and racked up their most runs on Opening Day since posting a 19-17 victory over the Boston Beaneaters in 1900.
"J-Roll, with the big pop early, just really set the tone and got things going," Phillies manager Ryne Sandberg said.
Ben Revere went 3-for-6 with three RBI and two runs scored, while Asche and John Mayberry each drove in two runs in the victory. Philadelphia starter Cliff Lee (1-0) picked up the win despite being hammered for eight runs on 11 hits over five frames.
The victory was the first on Opening Day for Phillies manager Ryne Sandberg, who replaced Charlie Manuel with 42 games to go last season.
Texas' Alex Rios stroked a three-run homer among his three hits and scored three times, while Josh Wilson went 2-for-3 with three RBI for the Rangers, who went 91-72 last season but missed out on the postseason for the first time in four years.
Rangers first baseman Prince Fielder, whom the team acquired for second baseman Ian Kinsler in a blockbuster trade with the Detroit Tigers over the winter, finished 1-for-5 with a run scored in the setback.
Tanner Scheppers made his first career start for the Rangers, but was shelled for seven runs on eight hits over four innings. Pedro Figueroa (0-1) was pegged with the loss after giving up four runs on four hits in 1 2/3 frames.
"I was just trying to be too fine with everything, trying to hit corners. Unfortunately, I put the guys in a big hole," Scheppers said.
The inexperience of Scheppers showed in the second, as the 27-year-old right- hander allowed a leadoff walk to Ryan Howard before issuing a two-out free pass to Carlos Ruiz that would come back to haunt him.
Asche followed the walk with an RBI double down the left-field line and after a walk to Tony Gwynn Jr., Revere ripped a base hit back up the middle to plate another run.
Rollins provided the big blow of the inning two pitches later, when he turned on a fastball and launched it into the right-field seats for a 6-0 lead.
Texas answered in the home half, as Adrian Beltre clubbed a leadoff double and Rios singled before J.P. Arencibia's one-out walk loaded the bases for Leonys Martin, who smacked a single to right to score Beltre.
After a brief meeting at the mound, Wilson scorched a double to left to clear the bases and bring Texas within 6-4.
The Rangers grabbed the lead briefly in the third following Rios' three-run blast to deep left-center field. However, the Phillies tied the game in the fourth, scored two runs in the fifth and tacked on four more in the sixth to create some separation.
Chase Utley tied the game in the fourth with a two-out, RBI single to right before Mayberry entered as a pinch-hitter in the fifth and scorched a two-run double to center off Figueroa that gave Philadelphia a 9-7 lead.
Texas got a run back in the fifth on Martin's two-out RBI single to center, but the Phillies scored four two-out runs in the sixth, starting with a solo blast to left from Marlon Byrd, who signed with the Phillies in the offseason.
Asche added an RBI single and Revere roped a two-run base hit two batters later to cap the four-run frame and make the score 13-8.
The Rangers responded with two runs in the seventh to get within three, but Asche crushed a solo homer in the eighth to account for the final margin.Game Notes
Scheppers was the first pitcher to make his first major league start on
Opening Day since Fernando Valenzuela with the Dodgers in 1981 ... Rollins set
a National League record for the most consecutive seasons starting sat
shortstop for the same franchise on Opening Day with his 14th straight start.
Dave Concepcion started 13 straight Opening Days with Cincinnati. Rollins also
became just the 18th player in major league history to have 400 or more
doubles, 100 or more triples and 200 or more homers in their career. Fifteen
of the 18 are currently in the Hall of Fame ... Philadelphia finished 73-89
last season and missed the playoffs for a second straight year ... Texas
outfielder Shin-Soo Choo, who was signed to a seven-year, $130 million deal in
the offseason, went 0-for-4 with a walk ... Yu Darvish was slated to start for
Texas, but was placed on the disabled list with a stiff neck.