Young bats break out, Ross solid in win over Halos

Dickerson, Spangenberg and Hedges each drive in a pair for San Diego

Young bats break out, Ross solid in win over Halos

TEMPE, Ariz. -- Angels starter Matt Shoemaker struggled in his second Cactus League outing, giving up five runs as the Padres won, 7-3, in front of a sellout crowd at Tempe Diablo Stadium on Friday.

The Padres separated themselves with a four-run top of the second that saw the first four batters reach on hits. Jake Goebbert hit an RBI double, Alex Dickerson followed with a two-run triple and Cory Spangenberg added a sacrifice fly to give them an early 4-1 lead.

Shoemaker, the 28-year-old right-hander who finished second in American League Rookie of the Year voting last season, gave up six hits and a walk in his four-inning outing.

Dickerson's two-run triple

"I'm trying to work off some rust," Shoemaker said. "For the most part, I'm getting there. Overall, I'm where I wanted to be. A few balls I left up. They got some weak hits and they hit some balls hard."

Tommy Medica, Yangervis Solarte and Goebbert all finished 2-for-3 for the Padres, while the Angels' Grant Green -- competing for the everyday job at second base -- notched two singles to put his Cactus League batting average at .429.

The Angels scored in the first, when Collin Cowgill walked, stole second and advanced on a couple of groundouts. In the fifth, Daniel Robertson reached second on a grounder that snuck under Spangenberg's glove at third base, moved to third on a failed pickoff attempt and scored on another groundout.

The Padres scored two more the next half-inning off veteran reliever Fernando Salas thanks to a two-run single by catching prospect Austin Hedges.

Up next for the Padres: Manager Bud Black said he's anticipating the return of right-hander Andrew Cashner to make his regular start in rotation against the Rangers at Peoria Stadium. Cashner has been in Texas visiting his ailing mother. He last pitched on Monday against the Cubs at Sloan Park. The game can be seen live on MLB.TV at 1:05 p.m. PT.

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