Cactus roundup: Padres rough up Lincecum


SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. — Tim Lincecum allowed three runs on four hits Tuesday night in his first spring training start since Feb. 26. The San Francisco Giants right-hander threw two scoreless innings before being undone in his third inning of work in the San Diego Padres’ 6-2 win over the Giants.

Lincecum, the former two-time NL Cy Young Award winner who struggled to a 10-15 record last season, missed the past two weeks of spring training games with a blister on his right middle finger.

Lincecum threw 43 pitches, two under the limit manager Bruce Bochy had set. He lasted 2 1-3 innings and struck out three with a walk.

Alexi Amarista and Mark Kotsay had run-scoring hits in the third off Lincecum and Jesus Guzman drove in two with a fifth-inning double. Padres starter Freddy Garcia, trying to win the fifth spot in the starting rotation, struck out six in four innings of work and allowed one run, a walk and three hits, including a solo home run from Giants pinch hitter Johnny Monell in the bottom of the third.


GOODYEAR, Ariz. — The Reds’ Mat Latos allowed one run in four innings and the Dodgers’ Josh Beckett gave up his first run of the spring in Cincinnati’s 6-2 win over Los Angeles on Tuesday night.

Latos struck out six after allowing hits to the first two batters of the game. Dee Gordon started the game with a single and stole second. Mark Ellis singled Gordon home.

Beckett, coming off a disappointing 2012 season, gave up a home run to Shin-Soo Choo, but only one other hit and two walks in 4 1-3 innings.

It was Choo’s first home run of the spring.

Ted Lilly, who is in competition to regain a spot in the Dodgers rotation, allowed a run-scoring triple to Donald Lutz to score former Dodger, Xavier Paul.

Devin Mesoraco, competing for the job as backup catcher, broke the game open with a bases clearing three-run double off Lilly.

Lilly allowed five runs, two earned, in 2 2-3 innings.


PHOENIX — Eric Sogard had a tiebreaking double in the fifth inning and the Oakland Athletics bullpen slowed the hot-hitting Kansas City Royals in a 6-3 victory on Tuesday.

Alex Gordon had two more hits, including a home run off Tommy Milone to lead off the game.

The Royals, who scored 30 runs in their previous two games, increased their lead to 3-0 in the fourth on run-scoring hits by Max Ramirez and Johnny Giavotella. Oakland tied it against Royals starter James Shields in the bottom half on an RBI double by Yoenis Cespedes and a two-run single by Brandon Moss.

Six A’s relievers combined for 5 1-3 innings of three-hit ball.

Kansas City lost for just the second time in 16 spring training games.


SURPRISE, Ariz. — Jeff Baker homered off Tom Gorzelanny and Mike Olt against Travis Webb, helping the Texas Rangers rout the Milwaukee Brewers 12-3 Tuesday.

Baker has a seven-game hitting streak, going 12 for 15 (.800).

Rangers starter Alexi Ogando allowed two hits and three walks and struck out three over four innings, his first scoreless outing of spring training. Texas took a four-hit shutout into the ninth before Tanner Scheppers allowed three runs.

Brewers starter Mark Rogers gave up six runs — three earned — three hits and four walks in 1 1-3 innings. He threw just 18 of 42 pitches for strikes.


PEORIA, Ariz. — Felix Hernandez struck out three in three innings of his second spring training start, but the Seattle Mariners lost to an Arizona Diamondbacks split squad 5-4 Tuesday.

Hernandez, who became the highest-paid pitcher in baseball when he signed a seven-year, $175 million contract in February, walked one and gave up one hit — a solo home run to Eric Hinske.

In two spring appearances, Hernandez allowed two runs and three hits in five innings. He has one walk and five strikeouts.


— Colorado’s Tyler Chatwood had an impressive outing as he tries to solidify his role in the Rockies starting rotations, and the Rockies beat a Diamondbacks split squad 4-3 Tuesday.

Chatwood, who started 12 games for the Rockies last year, gave up four hits and a run runs over four innings, striking out two. He slots in as the club’s No. 4 or 5 starter.

Dexter Fowler led off the sixth inning with a tiebreaking home run.

Adam Ottavio got the save for Colorado — he’s never had one in the regular season in in eight years of pro ball.