SURPRISE, Ariz. -- Carlos Gomez hit a grand slam and Yu Darvish allowed just one run in 3 1/3 innings in the Rangers' 7-1 victory over the Giants at Surprise Stadium on Monday.Giants starter Jeff Samardzija allowed seven runs, five earned, in 3 2/3 innings and now has a 9.82
SURPRISE, Ariz. -- Carlos Gomez hit a grand slam and Yu Darvish allowed just one run in 3 1/3 innings in the Rangers' 7-1 victory over the Giants at Surprise Stadium on Monday.
Giants starter Jeff Samardzija allowed seven runs, five earned, in 3 2/3 innings and now has a 9.82 ERA after three outings. He gave up three straight singles to Will Middlebrooks, Brett Hayes and Doug Bernier to start the second, and Gomez followed with a fly ball that cleared the right-field wall for his second home run of the spring.
"I thought he hit a ball that was an out, and it got out of the park," Samardzija said. "That was the difference in the day right there."
Darvish threw 63 pitches, including 28 in the first inning when a leadoff walk to Denard Span, Span's stolen base and a single by Hunter Pence drove home a run. Darvish settled down from there and used a crackling slider to strike out six on the night. He allowed four hits and walked one.
"In the first inning I threw a lot of pitches but that could happen in an actual game," Darvish said. "My goal was to throw whatever was working today. Even with runners on base, I just battled through it. Physically I feel really good. It's going really well. Every time I go out there, I feel better each time out."
Elvis Andrus had two doubles in three at-bats in his second Cactus League game. Mac Williamson had two hits for the Giants and is hitting .333 for the spring in his bid to win a job in left field.
Dillon Gee, one of the Rangers' candidates for the fifth spot in the rotation, was impressive with three scoreless innings. He allowed two hits and struck out one while lowering his ERA to 1.29 for the spring.
Giants Up Next: Having split their previous two games against the Cleveland Indians, the Giants will confront the American League champions one final time in a 1:05 p.m. PT encounter at Goodyear. Right-hander Albert Suarez, striving to secure a long-relief role, will start for San Francisco, live on MLB.TV.
Rangers Up Next: The Rangers continue to look hard at Joey Gallo and he will be in the lineup when they play the D-backs at 3:05 p.m. CT in Scottsdale. Gallo, who has two home runs this spring, will play third base and bat cleanup. The game can be seen live on MLB.TV.
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