3/11/2013 6:59 P.M. ET
Rangers' bats subdued by Giants starter
By T.R. Sullivan / MLB.com
SURPRISE, Ariz. -- The Giants snapped the Rangers' five-game winning streak with a 2-1 victory at Surprise Stadium on Monday afternoon. The Giants have won two straight after snapping a four-game losing streak.
Giants starter Madison Bumgarner retired 12 of 15 batters in four scoreless innings. Bumgarner, who threw 64 pitches, allowed a hit and walk while a third batter reached base on an error. He struck out four and now has a 1.86 ERA on the spring while opponents are hitting .214 off him.
"It's getting time now when you want to start being game-ready instead of working on certain things," Bumgarner said. "You've got to be on your game facing a lineup like that. I know it's spring for them, too, but they can swing the bat.
Rangers starter Yu Darvish went 3 2/3 innings, allowing one run on five hits. He did not walk a batter and struck out five. He was pulled with two outs in the fourth having thrown 64 pitches as well.
"Overall today I thought was a good outing," Darvish said.
The Giants got their only run off Darvish in the third after Kensuke Tanaka reached on a one-out infield single, stole second and went to third on a two-out infield single by Tony Abreu. Hunter Pence followed with a double to left to drive home the run.
Rangers closer Joe Nathan pitched the fifth and gave up back-to-back triples to Abreu and Pence to bring home another run.
The Rangers picked up their only run when Mitch Moreland led off the fifth with a double off reliever Chad Gaudin and scored on grounders by Craig Gentry and Mike Olt.
Up next: Alexi Ogando makes his fourth appearance and second start of the spring when the Rangers host the Brewers at 3:05 p.m. CT at Surprise Stadium. Matt Harrison, who was scratched from his last start Saturday because of inflammation in a toe on his left foot, is scheduled to pitch two innings in a "B" game. Michael Kirkman, who is closing in on a spot in the Rangers' bullpen as a left-handed setup reliever, follows Ogando to the mound in the "A" game.
T.R. Sullivan is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Postcards from Elysian Fields, and follow him on Twitter @Sullivan_Ranger. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.