SURPRISE, Ariz. (AP) -- Eric Gagne pitched in a game for the first time this year and Barry Bonds hit his fifth home run.
It wasn't your regular everyday exhibition.Gagne pitched one inning, giving up a home run to Kevin Frandsen, in the Texas Rangers' 4-3 win over the San Francisco Giants on Tuesday.Gagne, who signed a $6 million, one-year contract with Texas, is trying to return from elbow and back operations after being limited to 15 1-3 innings for the Los Angles Dodgers the last two years."Everything was good today -- the fastball had life on it. I had good control. Even the curveball and changeup were good," Gagne said. "I'm just trying to see where I am with my body. There is scar tissue in there."Frandsen, who had three hits, homered on Gagne's fourth pitch of the fifth inning, lining a 70 mph curveball into the left-field bullpen."In a regular game, I don't throw that pitch. I come back with a fastball up or a changeup," Gagne said.Bonds returned after a three-day break and went 1-for-3 with a 375-foot drive in the sixth off Akinori Otsuka that put the Giants ahead 2-1. Bonds left without speaking to reporters.Russ Ortiz, bidding to become the Giants' No. 5 starter, gave up two runs and four hits in six innings with six strikeouts and one walk.Nelson Cruz homered twice for Texas -- his first two of spring training. Cruz has consecutive two-hit, two-RBI games after a 2-for-16 slide."I'm happy for him," Texas manager Ron Washington said. "He can relax a little now. He was pressing."Texas starter Robinson Tejeda gave up six hits in four scoreless innings.
Texas DH Sammy Sosa got the day off but was scheduled to play Wednesday in Mesa against the Chicago Cubs. Sosa is batting .417 and hit in 11 straight games before an 0-for-2 day Sunday.