Cactus roundup: Royals’ Getz gets six hits
ROYALS 9, CUBS 9
SURPRISE, Ariz. (AP) — Chris Getz went 6 for 6, James Shields pitched five strong innings and a Kansas City Royals split squad and the Chicago Cubs played to a 9-9 tie in 10 innings Wednesday night.
Getz doubled, tripled and drove in two runs, raising his average to .450. Lorenzo Cain, Mike Moustakas, Salvador Perez and Alex Gordon homered for the Royals, who are 23-7-2.
Shields, who will start Monday against the Chicago White Sox on opening day, held the Cubs to three singles and two runs over five innings, walking one and striking out four while throwing 37 strikes in 57 pitches.
Cubs right-hander Scott Feldman gave up seven runs on 12 hits. Feldman, who is penciled in as the Cubs’ No. 4 starter, has an 11.25 ERA in six spring training starts, allowing 25 runs and 38 hits, including seven home runs, in 19 innings.
MARINERS 10, DODGERS 7
PEORIA, Ariz. (AP) — Felix Hernandez allowed three runs in six innings in his last start of spring training, helping the Seattle Mariners beat the Los Angeles Dodgers 10-7 Wednesday.
Clayton Kershaw, also tuning up for opening day, pitched three innings and gave up three runs and five hits. He faced only 15 batters for the Dodgers.
Kershaw gave up a two-run home run to Seattle’s Michael Morse, who has eight this spring. Kendrys Morales, Dustin Ackley, Jesus Montero and Robert Andino each had two hits for the Mariners.
The Dodgers fielded a starting lineup of mostly minor leaguers. Relief pitcher Ted Lilly drove in two runs with a two-out double off Hernandez in the sixth.
Mariners manager Eric Wedge was ejected in that inning for arguing balls and strikes.
BREWERS 9, ROYALS 1
PHOENIX (AP) — Yovani Gallardo threw 6 1/3 innings of two-hit ball and the Milwaukee Brewers beat the Kansas City Royals 9-1 on Wednesday.
Alex Gonzalez homered, singled and drove in two runs. Aramis Ramirez added a two-run single for the Brewers.
Gallardo gave up a solo home run to Xavier Nady in the fourth. He walked three and struck out two in his final outing ahead of his fourth straight opening day start, at home Monday against Colorado.
Luis Mendoza, chosen earlier this week to be Kansas City’s fifth starter, allowed six runs and 10 hits in 5 2/3 innings.
REDS 7, PADRES 3
GOODYEAR, Ariz. (AP) — Edinson Volquez was wild in his warmup start prior to the Padres’ opener, walking six as the Cincinnati Reds beat San Diego 7-3 Wednesday.
Volquez is set to pitch Monday against the Mets in New York. He was pulled after his sixth walk with no outs in the sixth inning, and gave up one run and two hits.
Shin-Soo Choo’s second home run of the spring was the first hit allowed by Volquez.
Ryan Ludwick hit his first homer this spring, a three-run drive for the Reds. Joey Votto added his fourth home run.
Mike Leake pitched six strong innings for Reds, giving up one run and five hits. He struck out four and walked none.
WHITE SOX 5, INDIANS 4
GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) — Daisuke Matsuzaka made his final Cactus League start of the spring, working 5 1/3 strong innings in the Indians’ 5-4 loss to the Chicago White Sox on Wednesday.
Matsuzaka, who allowed two runs on five hits, will report to Triple-A Columbus when the Indians break camp. The Japanese right-hander is working his way back to the majors after undergoing Tommy John surgery last June.
He opened with four scoreless innings before Chicago scored two runs in the fifth on Gordon Beckham’s RBI single to left and Alejandro De Aza’s bunt single between Matsuzaka and first base that scored Dewayne Wise. Three of the five hits allowed by Matsuzaka were out of the infield.
Angel Sanchez hit a two-run homer to tie it in the eighth for the White Sox, who scored a run in the ninth on Steve Tolleson’s bases-loaded walk for the win.
ATHLETICS 6, ROCKIES 5
PHOENIX (AP) — Jhoulys Chacin was roughed up in his final spring training start, allowing six runs and 10 hits in five innings, and the Colorado Rockies lost 6-5 to the Oakland Athletics on Wednesday.
Nate Freiman hit a two-run double off the glove of Dexter Fowler in center field to put Oakland ahead in the fifth.
Jeremy Barfield led off the A’s three-run fourth with a homer off Chacin.
Colorado took a 5-4 lead in the top of the fifth on Fowler’s second long ball of the game off right-hander Jarrod Parker and a two-out solo homer by Troy Tulowitzki off Hideki Okajima.
The Rockies’ Chris Nelson also homered off Parker in the second inning.
GIANTS 8, DIAMONDBACKS 6
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) — Brandon Belt hit his eighth spring home run and Madison Bumgarner threw five effective innings and the San Francisco Giants wrapped up their spring training in Arizona with an 8-6 victory over the Diamondbacks on Wednesday.
Hunter Pence also homered for the Giants. Nick Noonan, trying to make the team, had a triple, double and single for the World Series champions, who open a three-game exhibition series against Oakland on Thursday night in San Francisco.
Bumgarner, the No. 2 starter in the Giants’ rotation, allowed two runs on six hits, striking out six and walking one.
Belt’s solo shot off Heath Bell was his fourth homer in his last four games.
Alfredo Marte and Nick Ahmed homered for the D-backs, playing their final spring training home game at Salt River Fields this year.
ANGELS 6, RANGERS 3
TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) — Garrett Richards, who figures to open the season in the bullpen, started for the Los Angeles Angels and threw 2 1/3 scoreless innings Wednesday in a 6-3 win over the Texas Rangers.
Richards made his fifth spring appearance and second start. He allowed three hits.
Jerome Williams followed Richards and struck out six in 3 2/3 innings. He gave two runs and six hits.
Lance Berkman hit an RBI double and Adrian Beltre singled home a run for Texas.
Rangers left-hander Brad Mills made his first appearance since being claimed on waivers from the Angels last weekend. He worked four innings and gave up four hits and one run in his second spring start.