Brewers' bats fortify strong outing by Lohse

Brewers' bats fortify strong outing by Lohse

SURPRISE, Ariz. -- Luis Sardinas, playing against his former team, had four hits and two RBIs in leading the Brewers to a 12-2 victory over the Rangers on Saturday at Surprise Stadium.

Sardinas, trying to win a job as a utility infielder, was 3-for-25 coming into the game. He was one of three players acquired by the Brewers from the Rangers in exchange for pitcher Yovani Gallardo.

"[Sardinas is] probably tired playing all nine innings," Brewers manager Ron Roenicke said. "But that was good for him. Everybody did a nice job swinging the bats today."

Rangers starter Colby Lewis went five innings and allowed three runs on eight hits. He walked one, struck out one and threw 70 pitches, most by a Rangers pitcher this spring in a Cactus League game.

"I felt like I had to grind," Lewis said. "My stuff was actually pretty decent, but I felt like I checked in for work. I had to work out of some jams, but after the first couple of innings, I was able to keep the ball down and my control started to kick in."

Brewers starter Kyle Lohse, preparing for his Opening Day assignment, went five innings and allowed one run on four hits. He did not walk a batter, struck out five and lowered his spring ERA to 1.80.

"It might not have looked like it, but I wasn't as sharp," Lohse said. "Then I'd come back and make some good pitches. It was good to have an outing like that."

Rangers reliever Joe Beimel, trying to win a job as a setup left-hander, didn't enhance his chances, giving up three runs in just two-thirds of an inning. He has a 33.00 ERA.

"I've never experienced anything like this, it's pretty crazy," Beimel said. "It's pretty crazy, every ball is either falling in or I'm making bad pitches. I've got to get it going soon, I've got to get a few outs. In 2008, I had my worst Spring Training up until this year and it was one of my best seasons. Maybe luck will turn in my favor."

Jamey Wright, another veteran trying to win a job, gave up six runs in the seventh inning without getting an out.

Up next: Nine days after he reported to camp and eight days after stepping on a mound for the first time, Francisco Rodriguez will pitch in a Major League Spring Training game when the Brewers host the White Sox on Sunday at 3:05 p.m. CT. Rodriguez will work an inning in relief of starter Matt Garza. Listen live to an exclusive, free webcast at Brewers.com.

T.R. Sullivan is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Postcards from Elysian Fields, and follow him on Twitter @Sullivan_Ranger. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.