The regular season remains nearly two weeks away, but left-handers Madison Bumgarner and Aroldis Chapman looked ready for the real thing Saturday at Scottsdale Stadium, where the Cincinnati Reds topped the San Francisco Giants, 7-6.
Bumgarner became the second straight Giants starter to work five innings, duplicating Matt Cain's effort Friday. Bumgarner surrendered one run and two hits to the Reds while walking one and striking out two. Though Bumgarner allowed just one hit in four shutout innings last Monday against Texas, he said he found a better groove this time.
Chapman continued his conversion from the bullpen to the rotation by allowing one run and two hits in four innings. Chapman threw 27 pitches in an erratic first inning but retired 10 of the last 12 batters he faced.
Trailing, 2-1, the Reds burst ahead with a four-run eighth inning against Giants reliever Javier Lopez. Brodie Greene singled, moved to third on Devin Mesoraco's double and scored on Derrick Robinson's infield single. Catcher Johnny Monell committed a passed ball as Devin Lohman walked, enabling Mesoraco to score. After a double steal, Yorman Rodriguez singled home Robinson and pinch-hitter Xavier Paul's groundout delivered Lohman.
Also on Saturday, Brewers Spring Training star Khris Davis hit two more towering home runs and drove in five runs, Reds regular-season star Joey Votto homered and drove in three runs and the teams slugged their way to a 9-9 tie at Maryvale Baseball Park on Saturday.
Votto's seventh-inning solo homer sparked a four-run Reds rally over the final three innings that gave Cincinnati a 9-8 lead entering the bottom of the ninth. But Milwaukee's Donnie Murphy led off the bottom of the frame with a double, advanced on a wild pitch and scored the tying run when Lance Roenicke -- the son of Brewers manager Ron Roenicke -- lined a single to center field.
The Brewers' rally fizzled there. The teams had decided before the ninth that they would not play extra innings.
The star of the game was Davis, a Brewers Minor League left fielder who has seen significant playing time with Ryan Braun away at the World Baseball Classic. Davis has hit six homers this spring including one in an exhibition against Team Canada and with Saturday's 3-for-3 afternoon is batting .364 in official Cactus League at-bats. He could have a harder time finding at-bats after Sunday, when Braun returns to Brewers camp.
Third baseman Aramis Ramirez and center fielder Logan Schafer each collected two hits and an RBI for the Brewers, who took a 5-1 lead in the first inning, saw the Reds fight back into a 5-5 tie, then pushed ahead in the bottom of the third when Davis hit a two-run homer off Cincinnati starter Mike Leake.
Davis homered again in the fifth inning against left-hander Sean Marshall.
Leake was knocked around over 3 1/3 innings, allowing seven runs (five earned) on 10 hits.