SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- Wil Myers and Will Middlebrooks, two of San Diego's key offseason acquisitions, distinguished themselves offensively Saturday as the Padres held on for a 7-6 Cactus League victory over the Giants.
Myers hit his first spring homer, an opposite-field drive to right, off Tim Lincecum in the fourth inning. Middlebrooks singled and scored twice, collecting his first hit to ignite a two-run second inning off Giants ace Madison Bumgarner before drawing a fifth-inning walk and scoring on Alexi Amarista's double. Amarista also hit a run-scoring groundout in a two-run third inning.
San Diego scored in four of the first five innings while amassing a team high for runs scored this spring.
Bumgarner and San Diego starter James Shields met in a rematch of their encounters in Games 1 and 5 of last year's World Series. Shields, who in February signed the largest contract (four years, $75 million) in franchise history, needed 11 pitches to blank San Francisco in the first inning, his only inning of work. He allowed one hit, Angel Pagan's single.
"My body feels good, my arm feels good. It's good to get the adrenaline going," Shields said.
Bumgarner surrendered two runs, on Cory Spangenberg's second-inning single, and four hits in two innings but was pleased with his pitching mechanics.
"I felt really, really good," Bumgarner said. "I felt great today -- a lot better than last time out." That was a reference to last Tuesday's exhibition opener against the A's, who piled up four runs and five hits in 1 2/3 innings off Bumgarner.
Lincecum, who's projected to occupy a spot in the back end of San Francisco's starting rotation, struck out five in two innings. He also yielded two runs and two hits.
Brandon Belt's third-inning double off Matt Wisler accounted for the Giants' first run. Wisler, San Diego's top pitching prospect, struck out three in two innings.
Giants catcher Hector Sanchez doubled home Joe Panik in the sixth, and prospect Daniel Carbonell contributed a sacrifice fly to a two-run eighth that cut the Padres' lead to one. Prospect Rymer Liriano gave the Padres a needed insurance run with a ninth-inning homer, as Gary Brown doubled home Jarrett Parker in the bottom of the inning before Scott Elbert closed it out for San Diego.
Giants Up Next: San Francisco will face the Arizona Diamondbacks in both ends of a spllit-squad doubleheader Sunday. Jake Peavy will start the home game, while left-handed prospect Ty Blach will oppose Arizona at its Salt River Fields complex. Another promising rookie lefty, Steven Okert, is expected to be among the pitchers following Peavy.
Chris Haft is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Haft-Baked Ideas, and follow him on Twitter at @sfgiantsbeat. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.