Errors derail Gallardo, Brew Crew in loss to Rangers
Milwaukee ace allows four runs, one earned in 5 1/3 innings; Braun doubles in run
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: Kyle Lohse will start and closer Jim Henderson should appear in relief when the Brewers host the Angels at Maryvale Baseball Park on Saturday at 3:05 p.m. CT. Henderson, who has not been particularly sharp this spring, pitched two innings in a Minor League game earlier this week in an effort to find the power fastball and slider that carried him to 28 saves in 32 chances last season. The game will air both on the Brewers Radio Network and on FS Wisconsin.
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.