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Giants win preseason edition of Bay Bridge Series

POSTED March 29, 2011 1:53 a.m.

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Matt Cain walked off the mound to a standing ovation from an adoring crowd that hasn't seen the San Francisco Giants play at home since their improbable World Series run last fall.

Cain looked strong over 5 1-3 innings Monday night in his final tuneup for the regular season, striking out six and walking one in a 4-3 victory over the Oakland Athletics in the annual preseason edition of the Bay Bridge Series.

Aubrey Huff hit a go-ahead home run in the fifth for San Francisco, his team-leading sixth of the spring. Pat Burrell, one of those "castoffs and misfits" who helped lead the Giants to their first championship since moving West in 1958, hit a two-run double in the third.

San Francisco was greeted by 38,320 enthusiastic fans in its first game at its cozy waterfront ballpark since beating the AL champion Rangers in Game 5 at Texas to secure the title.

Brett Anderson allowed four runs and six hits in seven innings for Oakland.

Angels 5, Dodgers 4

LOS ANGELES — Top prospect Mike Trout hit a tying RBI single in the ninth and Hank Conger delivered the go-ahead run with a sacrifice fly, helping the Angels win the opener of the preseason Freeway Series.

Hisanori Takahashi got the victory with an inning of two-hit relief and Ryan Brasier got the final two outs for the save.

Dodgers closer Jonathan Broxton, looking for his first save of the spring, was charged with a pair of unearned runs in the loss.

Mark Trumbo started the winning rally with a one-out single and Alexei Amarista followed with a potential game-ending double-play grounder toward the middle that went under shortstop Ivan DeJesus' glove, putting runners at the corners. Trout followed with a hit-and-run single and Conger flied out to center after a walk to Andrew Romaine.

Red Sox 3, Blue Jays 2, 7½ innings

DUNEDIN, Fla. — Toronto's Kyle Drabek struck out five and allowed five hits over five innings in a matchup of sons of former All-Stars, but Boston rallied for the victory in a game shortened by rain.

Tony Pena Jr., son of the former major league catcher and current Yankees bench coach, started for Boston in place of John Lackey, who remained in Fort Myers because of the threat of rain. Play was stopped for 21 minutes after the fifth inning, and the game was called after the Red Sox batted in the top of the eighth.

Pena gave up one run and two doubles to Aaron Hill over three innings.

Jeremy Hazelbaker hit a two-run homer in the seventh for Boston.

Drabek is the son of 1990 NL Cy Young Award winner Doug Drabek.

Orioles 14, Tigers 9

SARASOTA, Fla. — Luke Scott homered twice off Max Scherzer and drove in seven runs to carry Baltimore past Detroit.

Scott hit an opposite-field, grand slam to left in the first inning and added a three-run shot to right in the second. He came in with a .185 batting average, two homers and six RBIs.

Scherzer yielded 12 runs, 11 earned, and nine hits in 2 1-3 innings. The right-hander had a 10.38 ERA this spring. He is scheduled to pitch Sunday in New York against the Yankees and has been chosen to start the home opener against Kansas City on April 8.

Jake Fox hit his major league-leading 10th homer for the Orioles, who built a 13-0 lead in the third inning.

Marlins 4, Cardinals 1

JUPITER, Fla. — Ricky Nolasco pitched six strong innings and Florida had a four-run third inning.

Nolasco, who earned his first win of the spring in only his fourth appearance, retired 15 consecutive batters during one stretch before Ryan Theriot's single in the sixth. Nolasco gave up only two hits while striking out three.

Cardinals starter Jake Westbrook retired the first two batters of the third, then allowed the next six to reach base — five on consecutive hits.

John Buck had the big hit, a two-run double that one-hopped the center-field wall. Buck then scored the final run of the inning on Westbrook's wild pitch.

The Cardinals avoided the shutout when pinch-hitter Tyler Henly singled home Nick Stavinoha in the ninth.

Phillies 7, Astros 6

CLEARWATER, Fla. — Ben Francisco hit a three-run homer to help the Phillies beat Houston before boarding a plane to Philadelphia.

The Phillies gave most of their regulars the day off against the team they will face on opening day on Friday.

Former major leaguer Nate Bump, in minor league camp with the Phillies, held Houston to one run on eight hits in five innings.

Houston right-hander Bud Norris, who is not scheduled to pitch in Philadelphia, gave up seven runs on six hits while walking four and striking out two in five innings.

Placido Polanco played for the second time in three days. Out with an elbow injury the last two weeks, Polanco went 0 for 2 with a walk and a run scored.

Twins 4, Pirates 3

FORT MYERS, Fla. — Justin Morneau capped his abbreviated spring action by getting a hit and Minnesota beat Pittsburgh to wrap up exhibition play.

Morneau, who missed the first half of spring training while recovering from a concussion that kept him out for the final three months of last season, finished the spring hitting .192 with one RBI.

Jeff Karstens allowed five hits and one unearned run in 4 2-3 innings for the Pirates. He's hoping to make the team as a bullpen arm or fifth starter.

Francisco Liriano, Minnesota's No. 2 starter, gave up three runs and four hits and struck out four in six innings.

Steven Pearce had a hit and an RBI and Jose Tabata added a hit with a run scored for the Pirates.

Royals 10, Brewers (ss) 0

SURPRISE, Ariz. — Kila Ka'aihue hit a three-run homer, Kyle Davies struck out six in six innings and Kansas City won its fifth straight.

Alex Gordon, Alcides Escobar and Jeff Francoeur also connected for Kansas City. Ka'aihue's drive with Melky Cabrera and Billy Butler aboard in the fifth was his seventh of the spring.

Davies gave up three hits and walked one.

Cabrera had two doubles to raise his average to .483, which leads American League hitters in spring training

Indians 4, Cubs 3

GOODYEAR, Ariz. — Chicago's Carlos Zambrano kept his composure despite some shoddy fielding behind him in his final spring tuneup.

Chicago scored twice in the ninth off closer Chris Perez, who left after it looked as if he became ill. Vinnie Pestano hit a batter, then got the final out.

Zambrano walked five over five innings, yielding four runs. One was unearned as middle infielders Starlin Castro and Darwin Barney kicked the ball around a bit.

Zambrano went 8-0 with a 1.41 ERA in his final 11 outings in 2010 after a blowup over poor defensive support.

Cleveland starter Carlos Carrasco allowed one run and three hits in six innings.

Reds 9, White Sox 1

GLENDALE, Ariz.  — Mike Leake pitched into the sixth inning, Drew Stubbs hit a three-run homer and Cincinnati beat Chicago.

Leake allowed one run and six hits in 5 2-3 innings, bouncing back from a terrible showing last Tuesday when he gave up seven runs in 2 1-3 innings against the Oakland Athletics.

Jonny Gomes, Brian Barton and Mike Costanzo also homered for Cincinnati.

Chicago starter John Danks worked five innings, yielding four runs, three earned, and four hits.

Paul Konerko had two hits for the White Sox, and Brent Lillibridge drove in the team's only run.

Brewers (ss) 5, Padres 4

PHOENIX — Ryan Braun hit a pair of home runs and Rickie Weeks also connected to lead a Milwaukee split-squad.

Right-hander Shaun Marcum, making his first start in nearly two weeks since experiencing shoulder tightness in a start against the Chicago White Sox, gave up three runs and four hits while throwing 68 pitches in four innings.

Two of those hits were home runs, one by Will Venable, the first batter of the game, and the other a two-run shot by Brad Hawpe in the fourth.

Venable hit another homer in the fifth off right-hander Sergio Mitre, acquired by Milwaukee in a trade with the New York Yankees on March 25.

Mariners 7, Rockies 6

PEORIA, Ariz. — Jason Vargas, Seattle's No. 2 starter, gave up five runs and 11 hits in five innings, before the Mariners rallied with two runs in the bottom of the ninth.

Steve Baron lined a single to right field to drive in Michael Saunders with the winning run. The Mariners tied the score with hits from Justin Smoak and Saunders and a two-base error by Rockies right fielder Bronson Sardinha.

The Rockies scored three runs in the fifth inning off Vargas, two on Ty Wiggington's double.

Milton Bradley drove in two runs and Chone Figgins had three hits, a stolen base and a run batted in for Seattle.

Rangers 6, Diamondbacks 4

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. — Daniel Hudson didn't allow a run in 4 2-3 innings and Russell Branyan hit his fifth home run of the spring, but Texas rallied for four runs off reliever Juan Gutierrez in the ninth.

It was the final game for Arizona at its new Salt River Fields spring training facility this season and the last game in Arizona for the Rangers, who flew out afterward for an exhibition game against Coastal Carolina University on Tuesday in Myrtle Beach, S.C.

Hudson gave up four hits, struck out four and walked two.


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