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Hunter's big frame the difference vs. Giants

Hunter's big frame the difference vs. Giants

Hunter's big frame the difference vs. Giants
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- Monday night's World Series rematch echoed last fall's results, as the San Francisco Giants roused themselves to score four runs in the fifth inning and cruise to a 4-1 victory over the Texas Rangers.

The Giants, who defeated Texas in five games to win the Series, trailed 1-0 and had nobody on base with two outs in the fifth before rallying against Rangers right-hander Tommy Hunter.

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Freddy Sanchez, who struck out in his first two at-bats, prolonged the inning by singling to center field. Pablo Sandoval also singled, moving Sanchez to third. Sandoval stole second base and crossed the plate after Sanchez as Cody Ross singled to left on a full-count pitch.

Pat Burrell concluded the inning's scoring by homering to right-center field.

Both starters pitched effectively. Texas right-hander Alexi Ogando worked three shutout innings, allowed two hits and walked two while striking out four. Left-hander Jonathan Sanchez, who became the first Giant this spring to work four innings, yielded one run and two hits while striking out five.

Sanchez lapsed only in the second inning. Michael Young drew a one-out walk, the lone free pass off Sanchez, and sped home on Yorvit Torrealba's two-out ground-ball double past first base.

Up next for Rangers: Eric Hurley, who starts Tuesday vs. the Angels, is doing his best to make up for lost time. In his first outing of the spring, Hurley breezed through his two innings, retiring six straight Cleveland hitters. He threw just 21 pitches. Hurley missed all of the 2009 season after shoulder surgery and last season after a series of wrist injuries.

Up next for Giants: San Francisco will go for its second victory over Seattle in three days when it visits the Mariners on Tuesday afternoon at Peoria. Right-hander Ryan Vogelsong, receiving additional exposure while Matt Cain recovers from inflammation in his throwing elbow, will start for the Giants against left-hander Jason Vargas. Vogelsong has yielded two hits in five scoreless innings spanning two outings. San Francisco's tentative lineup includes catcher Buster Posey, who entered Monday tied for second in the Cactus League in RBIs, total bases, hits and doubles.

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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