- Associated Press - Friday, February 28, 2014

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) - San Francisco’s Madison Bumgarner allowed one hit in two scoreless innings in his first spring training outing as he prepares for a his first opening-day start, and a San Francisco Giants‘ split squad defeated the Milwaukee Brewers 4-3 Friday.

Bumgarner, slated to pitch the opener at Arizona on March 31, struck out two and walked none.

Milwaukee’s Yovani Gallardo, aiming for his fifth opening-day start, gave up an infield hit, struck out one and walked none.

Brewers manager Ron Roenicke was impressed with the outing.

“I really liked the way the way he (Gallardo) threw the ball,” Roenicke said. He spotted his fastball really well. I really liked his curveball.”

Mark Minicozzi’s homer and Angel Pagan’s sacrifice fly gave San Francisco a 2-0 lead in the third against Tyler Thornburg.

Hector Gomez hit an RBI triple in the ninth off George Kontos and scored on a single by Matt Pagnozzi, who is with Milwaukee on a minor league contract.

Giants reliever Brett Bochy, manager Bruce Bochy’s son, gave up a home run to Caleb Gindl for Milwaukee’s first run.

CAUGHT AT THE PLATE

Catcher Buster Posey made his first start of the spring for the Giants and tagged a runner out at the plate for the first time since Major League Baseball enacted a new rule that will limit violent collisions at home.

When the Brewers‘ Jeff Bianchi, who reached on a triple, made a bid to score on a grounder to first base by Scooter Gennett, Posey took the throw from Minicozzi, set up just a bit inside the baseline and slapped a quick tag on Bianchi, who made a popup slide.

Posey was a major proponent of the new rule after he sustained a season-ending injured in a play at the plate in 2011.

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Brewers: Gallardo was working on pitch selection.

“Mostly fastballs. I threw some curveballs for first pitch, that was something I was going to be working on, and even doubled them up, first one to Posey, and then to (Michael) Morse,” he said. “Overall, it went pretty good.”

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