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Texas (9-9)000000101270
San Francisco (8-8) «00020120x581

Giants 5, Rangers 2

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SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) - Matt Cain didn't looked much like the San Francisco Giants' opening day starter in his four previous spring starts.

He did Friday against the Texas Rangers.

The right-hander gave up two hits in five scoreless innings and Hunter Pence and Andres Torres backed him with two-run home runs in a 5-2 victory in front of a sellout crowd of 12,106 at Scottsdale Stadium.

Cain also got defensive help from batterymate Buster Posey, the reigning National League MVP. Posey threw out Elvis Andrus and Jim Adduci as they attempted to steal second base.

"I felt good in the bullpen (warming up before the game)," said Cain, who was 16-5 in 32 starts for the World Series champions in 2012. "I thought about where I wanted to throw. I was confident throwing whatever I wanted. The misses weren't as big."

Cain called Posey's throws to second "pretty ridiculous."

"Those guys can run. He backhanded the ball on the second one (before throwing," Cain said.

Cain knows he can help Posey keep baserunners off balance by varying his times to the plate and not allowing them to get a true read on his motion.

"You want to be around the plate to give him a chance," Cain said. "If you do that, it doesn't matter who is running. It will be close."

Veteran right-hander Derek Lowe, making a bid for a relief spot after being signed to a minor league deal by the Rangers on March 6, gave up two hits in two scoreless innings in his first start of the spring.

It wasn't that long ago, Lowe said, when he was throwing batting practice to his 9-year-old son's Little League team. He pitched for Cleveland and the New York Yankees in 2012.

Lowe, one of only three men in major league history with at least 160 victories and 80 saves, said he wanted to use his time against the Giants "to make an impression. As much as you want live BP to give you an idea, it can't duplicate what you can get in a game.

"The first inning was a little rough. The second inning was a lot better. I had a lot more control over where the ball was going."

After Lowe's departure, Pence broke a scoreless tie with a two-run home run off Wilmer Font in the fourth inning and drove in a run with a double in the sixth. Torres' two-run shot came off Johan Yan in the seventh.

NOTES: RHP Sergio Romo, the Giants' closer, gave up a run on two hits and struck out a batter, pitching the seventh inning . . . the Giants made several roster moves on Friday. Six RHPs were sent to the minor-league camp, along with one LHP, three INFs and one OF. Three more RHPs were optioned to Triple-A Fresno, one LHP, two INFs and two OFs. One LHP went to Class A Advanced San Jose. ... The Rangers will travel to Las Vegas for split-squad games on Saturday and Sunday against the Chicago Cubs. RHP Nick Tepesch is scheduled to start Saturday and LHP Robbie Ross on Sunday. The other games will be against the Los Angeles Dodgers in Surprise, Ariz., on Saturday and the Seattle Mariners in Peoria, Ariz., on Sunday. ... Rangers RHPs Joakim Soria (Tommy John) and Colby Lewis (surgery for torn flexor tendon) threw bullpens on Friday.

 
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Players of the Game
San Francisco

H. Pence
AB 3
R 1
H 2
HR 1
RBI 3
Texas

J. Adduci
AB 3
R 0
H 2
HR 0
RBI 1
 
Texas Rangers
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Ian Kinsler, 2B3000000 .167
    Guilder Rodriguez, 2B1000001 .167
Elvis Andrus, SS3010010 .348
    Yangervis Solarte, SS1110000 .300
David Murphy, LF3000000 .300
    Aaron Cunningham, LF1000001 .273
Adrian Beltre, 3B3010010 .208
    Brandon Snyder, PR-3B0100100 .211
Jim Adduci, 1B3021000 .444
    Brandon Allen, 1B1011000 .222
Geovany Soto, C2000011 .190
    Juan Apodaca, C1000001 .000
   a- Konrad Schmidt, PH1000002 .273
Leonys Martin, CF2000001 .378
    Engel Beltre, CF2000002 .077
Craig Gentry, RF2000000 .281
    Jeff Baker, RF1000010 .514
Julio Borbon, DH2000000 .265
   b- Mike Olt, PH-DH1010000 .185
Totals3327214  
a-flied out for Apodaca in the 9th
b-singled for Borbon in the 8th
Batting
2B - Jim Adduci (2, Romo)
RBI - Jim Adduci (7), Brandon Allen (5)
2-OUT RBI - Jim Adduci (3)
SB - Jim Adduci (1, 2nd base off Cain/Posey)
CS - Elvis Andrus (2, 2nd base by Cain/Posey), Jim Adduci (1, 2nd base by Cain/Posey)
Team LOB - 5
Fielding
Outfield Assists - Craig Gentry 1
DP - Gentry-Beltre
Texas Rangers
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Derek Lowe 2200100 0.00
Joe Ortiz 1000010 0.00
Wilmer Font (L,0-1) 1122101 18.00
Collin Balester 1000010 10.80
Neal Cotts 1311010 7.11
Johan Yan 1222001 3.00
Michael Kirkman 1000000 0.00
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Derek Lowe 2-3, Joe Ortiz 2-0, Wilmer Font 2-1, Neal Cotts 1-1, Johan Yan 3-0, Michael Kirkman 2-1
Batters Faced - Derek Lowe 8, Joe Ortiz 3, Wilmer Font 5, Collin Balester 3, Neal Cotts 6, Johan Yan 5, Michael Kirkman 3
San Francisco Giants
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Andres Torres, CF4122000 .333
Marco Scutaro, 2B3000010 .200
    Wilson Valdez, 3B1000000 .250
Pablo Sandoval, 3B3110000 .400
    Juan Perez, RF-CF1000000 .192
Buster Posey, C1110200 .238
    Guillermo Quiroz, C1000000 .313
Hunter Pence, RF3123001 .314
    Francisco Peguero, LF1000000 .412
Brandon Belt, 1B3010002 .410
    Ricky Oropesa, 1B1000000 .267
Gregor Blanco, LF3000013 .212
    Roger Kieschnick, RF0000000 .179
Brandon Crawford, SS2000012 .261
    Joaquin Arias, SS1000000 .222
   a- Nick Noonan, PH-SS^2B2110000 .194
Totals3158523  
a-flied out for Cain in the 5th
Batting
2B - Hunter Pence (4, Cotts)
HR - Andres Torres (1, Yan), Hunter Pence (1, Font)
RBI - Andres Torres 2 (3), Hunter Pence 3 (7)
SB - Andres Torres (1, 2nd base off Lowe/Soto)
Team LOB - 4
Fielding
E - Marco Scutaro (1, Misplayed grounder)
San Francisco Giants
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Matt Cain (W,2-2) 5200020 3.60
Edwin Escobar (H,1) 1000000 0.00
Sergio Romo (H,4) 1211010 5.40
Heath Hembree (H,2) 1100010 7.50
George Kontos 1211100 4.50
WP - Heath Hembree (1)
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Matt Cain 6-6, Edwin Escobar 1-2, Sergio Romo 2-0, Heath Hembree 2-0
Batters Faced - Matt Cain 16, Edwin Escobar 3, Sergio Romo 5, Heath Hembree 4, George Kontos 6
Game Information
Attendance - 12106
Game Time - 2:15
Temperature - 82
Umpires - Home - Quinn Wolcott, First Base - Mike Everitt, Second Base - Tim McClelland, Third Base - Mike Muchlinski