Bumgarner fans five Padres in strong outing

Bumgarner fans five Padres in strong outing

Bumgarner fans five Padres in strong outing
PEORIA, Ariz. -- Madison Bumgarner pitched three strong innings for the Giants and Edinson Volquez had a solid debut for the Padres on Thursday at Peoria Stadium in a 5-2 Giants victory in Cactus League action.

In the first three-inning start by a Giants pitcher this spring, Bumgarner struck out five batters while walking one and allowing two hits in the three-inning stint that covered 44 pitches, 27 of them for strikes. Volquez, in his first outing for the Padres after being traded from Cincinnati in the offseason, allowed a run on two hits in two innings of work.

After the Giants manufactured a pair of runs to build an early lead, Kyle Blanks and James Darnell hit solo homers in the fourth inning off Giants right-hander Andrew Kown to tie the score. Blanks' homer went through a camera window in the 40-foot-high wall in center.

In the seventh, a long fly ball to right field by Conor Gillaspie sailed just over the head of Jaff Decker to score Gregor Blanco from third for the go-ahead run. Eli Whiteside scored on a fielder's choice for the Giants' fourth run, and Juan Perez hit a solo homer in the eighth.

Blanco, who had stolen his second base of the game to get into scoring position in the seventh, put the Giants on the board first in the second inning, reaching on a bunt single and stealing second before Whiteside drove him home. Tyler Graham also stole a base and scored in the third to give the Giants a 2-0 lead.

The Giants stole four bases and were caught attempting to steal four times.

Giants up next: The Cactus League debut of catcher Buster Posey will be on center stage Friday when the Giants host the Reds at Scottsdale Stadium. Posey, whose 2011 season ended in a collision at home plate that caused a broken leg and torn ankle ligaments, will be receiving Giants veteran right-hander Matt Cain, making his second start of the spring and meeting Reds lefty fireballer Aroldis Chapman.

Padres up next: Left-hander Clayton Richard will see his first Cactus League action Friday when the Padres travel to Tempe to meet the Angels and right-hander Ervin Santana. Richard will be facing hitters in a game for the first time since last July, when his season was cut short by shoulder surgery.

John Schlegel is a national reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.