Santiago Casilla made his spring training debut on Saturday in a split-squad game. (Morry Gash/AP)

Casilla makes spring debut, Williamson homers as Giants play split-squad games

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. — Socrates Brito hit a two-run homer, Rickie Weeks collected a pair of hits and an Arizona Diamondbacks split-squad beat a San Francisco Giants split-squad 9-5 on Saturday.

Giants closer Santiago Casilla made his spring debut with a scoreless inning, giving up a hit and striking out a pair.

“It seems like every time I come to Arizona I get sick,” said Casilla, who was out for a week with the flu. “Something here is making my body feel weird. I feel good now. I was excited to get out there and pitch.”

Right-hander Archie Bradley started and went three innings for the Diamondbacks, allowing a run-scoring single by Jarrett Parker and not much else. Parker homered in the ninth.

Brandon Drury went 2 for 3 and drove in a run. He’s 8 for 14, with three doubles, a pair of homers and six RBIs over his past five games. Brito has hit safely in seven straight, with eight RBIs.

Peter O’Brien had three hits and a pair of RBIs, and former Giant Joaquin Arias, who acknowledged a warm ovation, drove in a run.

Ty Blach made the start for the Giants, pitching three innings.

Blach saw signs of progress despite the poor results. He got Arizona slugger Paul Goldschmidt out twice.

“Last year he got a couple of hits off me,” Blach said after allowing five runs on six hits in three innings. “It felt good to at least get him out. He’s a great hitter. Knowing he’s one of the best hitters in the business, I take that as a positive.”

Blach needed six pitches to get through a perfect first inning and then gave up hits to the first four batters in the second.

“I started getting behind guys and didn’t execute my pitches early in counts,” he said. “They put some good swings on the ball.”

Matt Cain (cyst removed) threw 35 pitches off a mound Saturday and said he feels great. “I threw everything, the fastball, curve, changeup and I played with the slider,” Cain said. “I’d like to get the curveball going. If everything remains on schedule and I can get my pitch count up and I’m comfortable with it, I would be fine for that fifth spot.” Cain said he’ll reevaluate his condition Sunday with the coaching staff.

Angels 9, Giants (split-squad) 5

TEMPE, Ariz. — Albert Pujols hit his first home run of the spring and the Los Angeles Angels rallied for a 9-5 victory over the split-squad San Francisco Giants on Saturday.

Pujols connected for a two-run homer off right-hander Jake Peavy in the first inning.

Mac Wiliamson, making a bid for a reserve outfield role, hit a two-run homer to give the Giants a 5-3 lead in the fifth. The Angels cut it to 5-4 with a run in the fifth and scored three in the sixth. Todd Cunningham put Los Angeles over the top with a pinch-hit two-run single.

Peavy, making his third start of the spring, gave up three runs on five hits in the first two innings but pitched two hitless innings after that.

He came back to get Pujols on a called third strike in the third. Facing left-handed reliever Ricky Romero in the fifth after Peavy exited, Pujols sent a drive deep to left-center, where Gregor Blanco caught the ball just in front of the fence on the warning track.

Angels manager Mike Scioscia said Pujols actually hit the ball harder on the flyout than the home run, which came on a soft liner.

“Albert also hit the ball well the other day, too, and it’s good to see him swinging the bat,” Scioscia said.

Peavy said the home run by Pujols “came on a slider that I didn’t finish.”

The 34-year-old Peavy said his previous springs in the Cactus League with the Padres, White Sox and Giants “were awful. I don’t know what it is.

“Except for that one pitch to Pujols, I felt good. I felt that I made progress and I am moving forward.”

Peavy finished with 59 pitches. He was 8-6 in 19 starts for the Giants in 2015 and has a career record of 147-117.

After hitting a run-scoring triple in the first inning, designated hitter Brandon Crawford, the regular shortstop, was stung in the hand by a pitch from Santiago. Crawford shook the hand briefly while heading to first base but didn’t appear worse for wear. He is hitting just .188.

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