Posted: Mar 21, 2014 6:02 PM
Updated: Mar 21, 2014 6:04 PM
SURPRISE, Ariz. (AP) Prince Fielder hit a two-run homer and Tanner Scheppers pitched six strong innings to help the Texas Rangers beat the Milwaukee Brewers 7-5 Friday.
Fielder homered in the sixth off Rob Wooten with Shin-Soo Choo aboard.
Scheppers, who has made 115 relief appearances in the majors but is in the mix for a rotation slot, gave up two runs in the first on three hits, including Ryan Braun's RBI double. Scheppers settled down after that, retiring 16 of the final 18 batters he faced, striking out six and without walking a batter.
Yovani Gallardo, who earned his fifth opening day assignment for the Brewers, gave up four runs three unearned thanks to two errors by Mark Reynolds and another by Lyle Overbay. Gallardo allowed eight hits, and struck out four in 5 1-3 innings.
The Brewers committed five errors.