Brewers 7, Giants 4

Tim Lincecum and Yovani Gallardo are both ready for their

opening-day starts.

Gallardo, who will be making his third straight opening day

start for Milwaukee at home against St. Louis, outlasted Lincecum

and the Giants in Milwaukee’s 7-4 win on Sunday.

Gallardo allowed four runs and eight hits with a walk and seven

strikeouts in 5 2/3 innings.

Lincecum gave up six runs and eight hits for the Giants. He

walked one and struck out four in 4 2/3 innings. He also went 2 for

2 with an RBI.

”He (Gallardo) was really good, then a little off, really good,

then a little off. He was up and down. He lost his command a little

bit,” Brewers manager Ron Roenicke said. ”He needs to be

consistent, keep it every single inning.”

Despite the inconsistency, Roenicke said Gallardo is ready to go

against the Cardinals.

Gallardo gave up a three-run homer to Brandon Crawford in the

second inning, then settled down.

The Giants scored in the fourth when Lincecum got his second

hit, showing bunt and then chopping the ball over third baseman

Aramis Ramirez for an RBI single.

”Honestly, I gave up those four runs, but I felt like my rhythm

was the best it’s been all spring,” Gallardo said.

He has been working on it all spring.

”That’s where it all starts for me,” he said. ”I want to stay

together, balanced throughout my whole mechanics. Once I start

rushing or slowing down a little bit is where I get into trouble,

and the ball doesn’t explode out of my hand. Today, the mechanics

were finally were where they were supposed to be.”

Lincecum was focused on Friday’s start.

”The location was good, the best my fastball location has been

all spring,” he said. ”Regardless of the outcome, I feel good

coming out of it.

”I am ready to get back out there and pitch a real game, pitch

with a purpose.”

He said his run-scoring hit was lucky.

”I was hoping it would stay fair,” he said. ”We (pitchers)

work on our hitting … every at-bat is important, and we take it

seriously.”

A two-run double by Ryan Braun was the key hit of a three-run

Milwaukee fifth. Nyjer Morgan hit a two-out solo homer off Giants

setup man Sergio Romo in the sixth.

Roenicke has been impressed with the play of free-agent veteran

shortstop Alex Gonzalez this spring.

Gonzalez had two hits to raise his spring average to .440 and

was in the middle of a key double play, making a throw to get

Gregor Blanco at first to end the fourth.

Notes: Brewers right fielder Corey Hart might be activated for

opening day after recovering from arthroscopic knee surgery. He

likely will have a light workout day on Monday and then play in

games on Tuesday and Wednesday, giving him approximately six more

at-bats. ”We want to be smart about it,” Roenicke said. Closer

John Axford picked up the save for the Brewers on Sunday, but

Roenicke said he still is trying to find his command. … The

Giants head back home to the Bay Area for a three-game Bay Bridge

series with Oakland before returning to Arizona.