Alexei plates three runs behind Noesi

Alexei plates three runs behind Noesi

GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Madison Bumgarner pitched on the road Thursday evening at Camelback Ranch in the Giants' 7-4 win over the White Sox. But the loud applause for the southpaw showed that fans of the defending World Series champions travel well.

Bumgarner, who propelled the Giants to the championship with his monstrous effort on the mound last October, hurled 2 2/3 innings against the White Sox. He allowed two runs on three hits, with Alexei Ramirez's two-out first-inning single to center bringing home Melky Cabrera and Adam LaRoche. Bumgarner fanned three and didn't issue a walk.

Hector Noesi matched Bumgarner on this particular evening. The White Sox right-hander and potential fourth or fifth starter yielded one run on two hits over three innings, striking out three and walking one.

Ramirez added a sac fly in the sixth inning, giving him seven RBIs on the spring.

White Sox closer David Robertson made his second Cactus League appearance, giving up two runs on three hits, one walk and one hit batsman in two-thirds of an inning. Erik Johnson saved further trouble on this night by striking out Angel Pagan looking with the bases loaded in the fourth.

Travis Ishikawa, who was briefly a White Sox farmhand in 2013, scored three runs and hit a two-run homer off Johnson.

The White Sox dropped a 7-3 split-squad game to Texas in Surprise earlier on Thursday, but Frank Montas was the story of that contest for the South Siders. Montas, who was acquired as part of the Jake Peavy-Avisail Garcia three-team deal with Boston and Detroit at the 2013 Trade Deadline, touched 98 mph with his fastball. He allowed one run and struck out one in two innings.

"He looked good. The ball came out, he's got some good stuff," said White Sox manager Robin Ventura of Montas. "He can reach back. He can add on, which is nice.

"It's smooth and easy with some movement. But when he wants to he can reach back and get up there around 100, which is always nice to have in your bag."

Up next for White Sox: Jose Quintana is scheduled to start on three days' rest in Scottsdale against the Rockies on Friday, after throwing two innings at home against the D-backs on Monday. Javy Guerra and Jake Petricka are scheduled to pitch in relief.

Scott Merkin is a reporter for Read his blog, Merk's Works, and follow him on Twitter @scottmerkin. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.