Prince goes deep, Scheppers finishes strong
Fielder belts second homer in two games; Right-hander retires 16 of final 18
SURPRISE, Ariz. -- Prince Fielder hit a home run off his former team and Adrian Beltre and Leonys Martin each had two hits off of Brewers starter Yovani Gallardo, leading the Rangers to a 7-5 victory over the Brewers on Friday afternoon.
Fielder's home run came off of Brewers reliever Rob Wooten. It was his second home run in two games and his third of the spring, most on the Rangers.
Rangers starter Tanner Scheppers allowed two runs in the first inning -- including an RBI double to Ryan Braun -- but then retired 16 of the last 18 batters he faced. He became the first Rangers pitcher to go six innings this spring. He allowed five hits and struck out six.
"Overall it was good," Scheppers said. "I've got to come out of the gate quicker and more focused but overall it was good."
Gallardo went 5 1/3 innings and allowed four runs. But only one was earned as the Brewers committed five errors on the afternoon. He allowed eight hits, did not walk a batter and struck out four.
Like many Brewers, Gallardo had not seen Fielder since he left Milwaukee via free agency following the 2011 season. Fielder's Tigers didn't face the Brewers in Interleague Play in 2012 or 2013, and Gallardo said there was "extra excitement" to see him in the batter's box.
"I think he's a good athlete and he's going to do well there in Texas," said Gallardo, who had not seen Fielder since he left Milwaukee following the 2011 season. "He's a good hitter. He's a good overall player. He works his butt off and he plays hard."
Gallardo threw 96 pitches in his deepest spring start. He will have one more outing in Arizona before facing the Braves at Miller Park on March 31 in his fifth consecutive Opening Day start.
"It definitely felt good," he said. "It's always a test there that last inning to stay within yourself and make pitches. The main thing is throw the ball over the plate."
Up next: Right-hander Tommy Hanson pitches against the Royals at 3:05 p.m. CT in Surprise. Hanson is competing for a spot in the rotation and has a 3.24 ERA in the Cactus League. Opponents are hitting .206 off him and he has a 1.08 WHIP.
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