Kazmir, Kivlehan, Alvarez help US baseball win prep game

Scott Kazmir allowed two runs over five innings, San Diego minor leaguer Patrick Kivlehan hit a three-run homer in a five-run first inning, and the U.S. began its prep for the Olympics with an 8-3 win over a collegiate national team

Miami minor leaguer Eddy Alvarez hit a two-run homer in a three-run second.

Kazmir, a 37-year-old left-hander assigned outright by San Francisco to Triple-A El Paso on June 11, gave up two hits, struck out nine and walked none. He allowed a two-run homer in the fourth to LSU’s Jordan Berry.

St. Louis minor leaguer Brandon Dickson pitched a scoreless, one-hit sixth, and Tennessee’s Drew Gilbert hit a run-scoring single off free agent Edwin Jackson in the final inning of the rain-shortened game.

Seattle minor league Eric Filia hit a two-run single in the first off Gonzaga’s Gabriel Hughes, who allowed eight runs and six hits in 1 2/3 innings.

Boston minor leaguer Jack Lopez hit a sacrifice fly in the second.

The teams meet again Monday in Durham and Tuesday in Cary.


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