Cactus roundup: Belt homers twice for Giants


SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) — Brandon Belt had two homers among his four hits and finished with four RBIs as the San Francisco Giants roughed up the Colorado Rockies 11-6 on Friday.

Belt went 4 for 4 to raise his spring average to .439. He had a two-run double and a single to go with the pair of long balls.

Hunter Pence, Nick Noonan and Mark Minicozzi also homered for the Giants, who had 15 hits.

It was a bad day for Colorado pitching. Rockies starter Christian Friedrich allowed two of the homers to the Giants. And in Surprise, Opening Day starter Jhoulys Chacin was scratched from his start against the Texas Rangers because of back spasms.

Chacin reported the back problems on Thursday and the Rockies opted to scratch him as a precaution in favor of Tyler Chatwood against the Rangers.


GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) — Clayton Kershaw struck out eight over six innings in the Los Angeles Dodgers’ 6-5 loss to the Cincinnati Reds on Friday.

Kershaw, slated to start on Opening Day, allowed three runs and four hits. He walked three, including the first two batters he faced.

Luis Cruz hit a three-run homer in the first and a solo shot in the fourth for Los Angeles. Both drives came off Mike Leake, who won the last spot in Cincinnati’s rotation when manager Dusty Baker announced Friday that Aroldis Chapman was returning to the closer role.

Leake allowed four runs and five hits, and Chapman followed with a scoreless sixth inning.

Dodgers outfielder Yasiel Puig left in the fifth inning after he got the wind knocked out of him attempting to make a diving catch on Brandon Phillips’ liner.


TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) — Starter James Shields and C.J. Wilson each got hit hard Friday as the Kansas City Royals outslugged the Los Angeles Angels 13-9.

Shields was tagged for nine runs and 11 hits by the Angels in five innings.

Mike Trout hit consecutive doubles off the wall against Shields in the first two innings. Josh Hamilton had a two-run triple and Mark Trumbo doubled and singled.

Wilson allowed eight runs and eight hits over 2 2-3 innings in his fourth spring start. He gave up homers to Eric Hosmer and Jeff Francoeur in a seven-run third.


PHOENIX (AP) — Darwin Barney and Dioner Navarro hit consecutive homers with two out in the ninth inning to help the Chicago Cubs beat the Milwaukee Brewers 4-1 on Friday.

Barney belted a two-run shot before Dioner Navarro connected against Michael Olmsted for the final run of the game.

Brewers starter Yovani Gallardo yielded an unearned run and four hits in 5 1-3 innings. He has one spring outing left before taking the mound for his fourth straight opening-day start.

Carlos Villanueva, Chicago’s fifth starter, allowed five hits in six scoreless innings. The right-hander, who signed a $10 million, two-year contract with the Cubs in the offseason, struck out four and walked one.

Khris Davis hit his sixth home run in the seventh for Milwaukee.