Lewis logs deepest spring start against Brewers

Lewis logs deepest spring start against Brewers

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.

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: The Rangers, split the past two days because of the club's participation in Big League Weekend in San Antonio, will reunite on Sunday for an afternoon tilt against the Mariners at 3:05 p.m. CT (watch the game on MLB.TV). Right-hander Yovani Gallardo will make his third appearance of the spring, having allowed five earned runs over 5 2/3 innings in his first two games. Relievers Neftali Feliz and Shawn Tolleson are also scheduled to pitch, and the Rangers are hoping Shin-Soo Choo will be available as the designated hitter. He has been sidelined with left triceps tightness.

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.