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Friedrich can't contain Pence's bat in loss to Giants

Starter goes 3 2/3 innings, allows pair of solo homers to outfielder

Friedrich can't contain Pence's bat in loss to Giants

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- Hunter Pence homered twice Friday to propel the San Francisco Giants to a 4-0 exhibition victory over the Colorado Rockies.

Pence, who entered the game batting .231 with one homer, drove a 2-0 pitch from Rockies starter Christian Friedrich over the left-field barrier to lead off San Francisco's second inning. Two innings later, Pence cleared the right-center-field fence when he connected with a 1-2 delivery from Friedrich, who was sent to Minor League camp Thursday.

The Giants generated more offense in the fourth as Juan Perez singled and came around to score on Madison Bumgarner's single.

San Francisco added a seventh-inning run on Kelby Tomlinson's bases-loaded, fielder's-choice grounder.

Bumgarner continued to tune up for his March 31 Opening Night start at Arizona, yielding two hits in five innings.

"Things are going my way right now, for whatever reason," said Bumgarner, who has pitched 10 scoreless innings in three exhibition starts against Major League opponents. "I feel good for this point in the spring."

Rockies pitching prospect Eddie Butler pitched effectively, yielding one run and four hits in three innings.

Up next: When Spring Training started, talk was righty Juan Nicasio's rotation spot was up for grabs. But through two Cactus League starts, Nicasio is unscored upon and has seven strikeouts in seven innings, and it looks as if he just has to be healthy to be in the regular-season rotation. Nicasio will start Saturday against the Angels at 2:10 p.m. MT at Salt River Fields at Talking Stick.

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.

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