- Associated Press - Sunday, March 27, 2016

PEORIA, Ariz. (AP) - Hector Santiago was sharp before tiring in the sixth inning, Daniel Nava stayed productive with a home run and the Los Angeles Angels beat a San Diego Padres split squad 11-2 Sunday.

Mike Trout added an RBI single in a four-run first inning and Jefry Marte homered on an 0-2 pitch against struggling Padres right-hander Andrew Cashner.

Santiago allowed one run on Wil Myers’ homer in the fourth before Melvin Upton Jr. led off the sixth with a homer high off the center-field batter’s eye. The lefty was lifted after Matt Kemp’s ensuing single.

Nava’s opposite-field shot came after a first-inning walk extended his streak of reaching base to 17 games. Nava has 18 hits after collecting just 27 in 60 regular-season games with Boston and Tampa Bay in 2015.

“Last year was obviously a struggle for him, but he still had the ability to work counts and get on base,” Angels manager Mike Scioscia said. “He’s shown that this spring. Where he is right now, his swing just looks really smooth.”

Nava, who played a role on Boston’s 2013 World Series title team, is expected to platoon with Craig Gentry in left field.

“He’s seeing the ball well. He’s driving the ball well,” Scioscia said of Nava. “He can be an important part of our lineup.”

Cashner got through 3 1/3 innings, allowing six runs and six hits while walking three.

STARTING TIME

Angels: Santiago, in his sixth start, allowed two runs and six hits with five strikeouts while working on his slider. He threw 87 pitches.

“No walks today, that’s the one thing I can take away,” he said. “Home runs, that’s going to happen. I’m just trying to not walk people.”

Padres: Cashner needed 85 pitches to get 10 outs.

TRAINER’S ROOM

Angels: RHP Jered Weaver (neck) hopes to throw six innings in a minor league game Wednesday, a key test in whether he’ll be ready for the start of the regular season. . LHP C.J. Wilson, dealing with shoulder pain all spring, won’t throw for at least another week. It’s likely the earliest he would be ready is May. . C Geovany Soto was treated but stayed in the game after taking a foul tip off his right hand in the sixth.

Padres: SS Alexei Ramirez (sick) sat out the other split-squad game in Mexico City.

BIG MAC MANAGING

Mark McGwire has some interest in managing one day. He got his chance with Andy Green in Mexico City with San Diego’s other split squad.

McGwire guided the Padres for the second straight day. The polarizing former slugger, who hit 583 home runs and later admitted using steroids, is in his first season on San Diego’s staff.

“I’ve never ruled it out,” McGwire said of managing. “When I had the opportunity to come and be Andy’s bench coach, it’s just a fantastic opportunity. I love challenges and there’s nothing better than challenging yourself.”

RULED OUT

The Padres returned RHP Blake Smith, a Rule 5 selection, to the White Sox. Smith was then assigned to Chicago’s minor league camp.

KEMP ERRS

Kemp, whose defense has been an issue the past few seasons, booted a ball in right field for an error in the seventh.

UP NEXT

Angels: RHP Kyle Hendricks starts Monday against the Chicago Cubs.

Padres: LHP Drew Pomeranz starts Monday against Kansas City.

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