Big bats back Harrison against Brewers

Big bats back Harrison against Brewers

SURPRISE, Ariz. -- Rangers starter Matt Harrison allowed one hit in three scoreless innings and Josh Hamilton, Nelson Cruz and Michael Young combined to go 8-for-10 as the Rangers rolled to an 8-1 victory over the Brewers at Surprise Stadium on Sunday.

"Right now, I'm feeling pretty good, but I can probably throw more first-pitch strikes than I did today," Harrison said. "Overall, I am happy with where I am at right now. Each day, I'm trying to get better."

Brewers starter Zack Greinke was charged with one run on five hits in two innings. He struck out one batter but threw first-pitch strikes to only two of the 11 hitters he faced.

"That was exactly what happened," Greinke said. "Just two times getting ahead in the count. That made things a lot harder. But, overall, I felt a lot more comfortable out there today than the last outing [against the White Sox on March 1]. I was coming closer to executing pitches, it just hurt being behind in the count too much. ... The results weren't great again, but it felt a lot better."

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Texas led, 1-0, after the first inning and the teams traded zeroes in the second. The Texas offense worked quickly in the third inning when Zack Segovia replaced Greinke. Rangers outfielder Hamilton (3-for-4) led off the frame with a single and moved to second when the next hitter, Cruz (2-for-3), walked. Second baseman Young (3-for-3) followed with a single to score Hamilton to give the Rangers a 2-0 lead. Cruz scored the club's third run when he scooted home on a single up the middle by third baseman Chris Davis.

The Brewers scored in the top of the fourth inning when third baseman Zelous Wheeler scored on a single to left field by shortstop Edwin Maysonet to cut the deficit to 3-1. But the Rangers answered in the bottom of the frame when Young hit a two-run triple that scored Cruz and Ian Kinsler off of Milwaukee's Robert Hinton to extend the Texas lead to 5-1.

Up next: The Rangers will take on the Giants on Monday night in the first meeting between the two teams since losing to them in the World Series. Expect several regulars to take the field in Scottsdale Stadium and Alexi Ogando on the hill for the Rangers. The Giants will counter with starter Jonathan Sanchez. Tommy Hunter, Mason Tobin, Zach Jackson and Pedro Strop are also scheduled to pitch for Texas. The 8:05 CT matchup will be available on MLB.TV.

The Brewers will be on MLB.TV, and on TV back home for the first time this spring on Monday, when Yovani Gallardo makes his second Cactus League start against the Reds in Goodyear, Ariz. FOX Sports Wisconsin will broadcast the 2:05 p.m. CT game live, and MLB Network will replay it at 8:30. It's one of two Spring Training meetings between the National League Central rivals, who will open the season together in Cincinnati from March 31-April 3.

Jesse Sanchez is a national reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @JesseSanchezMLB. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.