San Francisco Giants pitcher Johnny Cueto made his first spring training start on Wednesday. (Chris Carlson/AP)

San Francisco Giants pitcher Johnny Cueto made his first spring training start on Wednesday. (Chris Carlson/AP)

Johnny Cueto has rough first spring training outing

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. — San Francisco newcomer Johnny Cueto gave up five runs over 1 1-3 innings of his spring debut, and Carlos Gonzalez homered to help the Colorado Rockies beat the Giants 8-6 Wednesday.

Cueto, who left the World Series champion Kansas City Royals and signed a six-year, $130 million free agent deal, faced nine batters and recorded four outs. He gave up Gonzalez’s two-run homer, walked one and struck out two.

“Obviously he didn’t feel good. We all had good at-bats against him,” Gonzalez said. “I couldn’t tell. I only saw one pitch and I was ready to hit.”

Gerardo Parra drove in a pair of runs, Mark Reynolds tripled, singled and drove in a run and Nolan Arenado added an RBI single for the Rockies.

“We can hit,” Gonzalez said. “We’ll put runs on the board. I like the way we look so far. Everybody goes out there with energy.”

Giants shortstop Brandon Crawford played in the field for the first time this spring. He also doubled.

Cueto said he felt relaxed in the first appearance with his new team despite giving up so many runs.

“It felt good to be in front of the fans,” Cueto said. “It’s a normal thing. There’s nothing to be nervous about. There were a few mistakes and the ball was not breaking the way I wanted it to. But that’s what spring training is for.”

Cueto used his hesitation pitch during the at bat against D.J. LeMahieu, whom he ended up walking.

“I smiled because he hit a good pitch and because I like to have fun,” Cueto said. “I never saw Luis Tiant pitch. I did it on my own. I kept experimenting with it and have been throwing it about three years.”

Chris Stratton starts Thursday when San Francisco travels to Maryvale to take on RHP Jimmy Nelson and the Milwaukee Brewers.

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