SURPRISE, Ariz. -- The Giants' dominance of the Rangers continued from the World Series into Spring Training.
Led by Pablo Sandoval, the Giants jumped out to a six-run lead after 3 1/2 innings and cruised to an 11-8 victory over the Rangers before a sellout crowd at Surprise Stadium on Sunday. The Giants have won two straight over the Rangers this spring, including a 4-1 victory on March 7 in Scottsdale, and are 14-4 on the spring.
Giants starter Ryan Vogelsong, throwing 67 pitches, allowed two runs on four hits and one walk in four innings. He struck out two and now has a 2.13 ERA for the spring. Rangers starter Tommy Hunter had his spring ERA go up to 8.31 after allowing seven runs, four earned, in 3 2/3 innings of work. He did strike out five.
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The Giants scored five runs off him in the fourth inning, although three were unearned. The Giants had the bases loaded with two outs in the inning when Julio Borbon dropped Mike Fontenot's routine fly ball for a three-base error.
Sandoval had a triple in the first inning and a single to lead off the fourth. He finished the afternoon 2-for-3 and is now hitting .325 for the spring. He has scored eight runs and driven in eight over 14 games and also stole his second base Sunday. Nate Schierholtz was also 2-for-3 with a two-run home run.
The Rangers' Elvis Andrus went 2-for-4 with a double and five RBIs, while Borbon notched three singles, scored two runs and drove in one. Catcher Yorvit Torrealba went 2-for-2 in the game and is 6-for-12 so far in the Cactus League.
The attendance of 12,014 set a Surprise Stadium record.
Up next for Giants: Pitching's often the focus for San Francisco, but that could be doubly true Monday when right-hander Matt Cain gauges his recovery from inflammation in his throwing elbow by starting against Milwaukee at Scottsdale Stadium. Cain began feeling discomfort shortly after making his lone exhibition appearance Feb. 27, a two-inning stint against Arizona. It'll be interesting to see whether switch-hitting Andres Torres is in the Giants lineup. A strained left side has prevented Torres from batting right-handed, but with left-hander Randy Wolf scheduled to start for Milwaukee, Torres might be ready for a test.
Up next for Rangers:
Third baseman Adrian Beltre will play in his first Cactus League game when the Rangers host the Dodgers at 3 p.m. CT Monday at Surprise Stadium. Beltre has been sidelined since the beginning of camp with a strained right calf muscle. He will likely get two or three at-bats his first time out. He will be facing his old team -- Beltre was with the Dodgers from 1998-2004.
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.