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Vargas has rough outing in loss

Vargas has rough outing in loss

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GIANTS 8, BREWERS 1
at Scottsdale, Ariz.
Saturday, March 22

Brewers at the plate: After moving only two runners into scoring position in six innings against Giants starter Matt Cain, the Brewers scored an eighth-inning run with the help of a Giants throwing error. Tony Gwynn singled twice.

Giants at the plate: Eugenio Velez, playing for an injured Ray Durham, stroked a bases-loaded triple to cap a four-run fourth inning and added a run-scoring ground-rule double in the eighth. Aaron Rowand, who had two hits and looked sharper at the plate than he has all spring, doubled to open the fourth.

Brewers on the mound: Claudio Vargas cruised until the fourth, but couldn't finish the inning, leaving with two outs. Derrick Turnbow and Eric Gagne each contributed scoreless innings.

Giants on the mound: Cain went six innings for the second start in a row, extending his streak of shutout innings to 11. Steve Kline, who had been scored upon in five of his previous seven outings, blanked Milwaukee in the seventh.

Cactus League records: Brewers 15-9-1; Giants 8-17-2.

Brewers up next: Jeff Suppan will make his final Arizona start and his next-to-last Spring Training start when the Brewers host the Diamondbacks Sunday in the first of three consecutive "home" games at Maryvale Baseball Park. Former Brewer Doug Davis, who filled the No. 2 starter role before he was traded and Suppan was signed, will start for Arizona. Relievers Seth McClung, David Riske and Brian Shouse are also on the list to pitch.

Giants up next: Slowed somewhat by a mild groin injury, which he insists no longer bothers him, Tim Lincecum will make only his fourth Cactus League start Sunday against Texas in Surprise. Right-hander Luis Mendoza will oppose Lincecum, whose most recent appearance was a five-inning stint in a Minor League exhibition last Monday.

Chris Haft is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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