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Cincinnati at Chicago

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    Cincinnati «7
    Chi. Cubs6

    Reds 7, Cubs 6

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    LAS VEGAS (AP) - Reserve infielder Kris Negron is making a name for himself this spring.

    Negron hit a two-run single with the bases loaded in the bottom of the ninth inning Saturday, helping the Cincinnati Reds overcome four homers by two Chicago Cubs' players for a 9-8 victory Saturday in a game between split-squads.

    Negron is hitting .545 (6 for 11) this spring.

    "I was actually just trying to stay relaxed," Negron said. "My previous at-bat we had a runner in scoring position and I ended up flying out trying to do too much. This time, bases are loaded; (I was) just trying to stay short and see the ball, instead of committing to it too early, and hit it hard somewhere."

    Starlin Castro and Scott Moore each hit two home runs for the Cubs. Castro's second two-run homer - which barely cleared the center-field fence near the 433-foot sign at Cashman Field - gave the Cubs a 6-5 lead.

    The Cubs took an 8-5 lead in the seventh on Tyler Colvin's RBI single and Luis Montanez's sacrifice fly.

    The Reds trimmed the Cubs' lead to 8-7 in the seventh on Danny Dorn's solo homer and Chris McMurray's RBI single.

    Moore and Colvin led the Cubs with four hits apiece while Castro was next with three hits. Zack Cozart topped the Reds with three hits.

    Castro's first homer and Moore's solo shot - both over the left-field fence - gave the Cubs a 3-0 lead in the first inning.

    The Reds got a run in the first on Juan Francisco's RBI single and three more in the second for a 4-3 lead on Cozart's two-run double and Joey Votto's RBI single.

    Moore's second solo homer tied the score for the Cubs 4-all in the fourth. Dorn's RBI double gave the Reds a 5-4 lead in the bottom half.

    "I came on this trip last year and the ball seemed to fly pretty well," Negron said. "I found out the ball flies here (because) everybody (sees) it well. But we played hard and pulled out the win at the end. "We all know it is spring training games, but we all like to compete and we all love to win," he added. "And whatever we can do to help the big league team get ready; (for example) come in late and pull out wins for the team. It's always fun to go out there and compete and win."

     
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    Cincinnati Reds
    HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
    Edgar Renteria, SS3011010 .368
        Paul Janish, SS1100101 .368
    Brandon Phillips, 2B3000001 .176
        Miguel Rojas, 2B1000000 .200
    Jay Bruce, RF3110000 .200
       a- Ryan LaMarre, PH-RF1000101 .000
    Scott Rolen, 3B3110000 .316
        Miguel Cairo, 3B2000001 .188
    Jonny Gomes, DH3011000 .100
       b- Henry Rodriguez, PH-DH2010001 .500
    Jeremy Hermida, LF2111110 .375
       c- Cody Puckett, PH-LF1000002 .000
    Chris Heisey, CF2112100 .318
        Felix Perez, CF1000000 .429
    Yonder Alonso, 1B3110013 .389
        Michael Costanzo, 1B10100001.000
    Ramon Hernandez, C2111003 .231
        Yasmani Grandal, C1000011 .125
    Totals35710644  
    a-grounded out for Bruce in the 7th
    b-singled for Gomes in the 7th
    c-flied out for Hermida in the 7th
    Batting
    2B - Jonny Gomes (1, Wellemeyer), Ramon Hernandez (3, Silva)
    3B - Yonder Alonso (1, Silva)
    HR - Jeremy Hermida (2, Silva), Chris Heisey (2, Silva)
    SF - Ramon Hernandez (1)
    SH - Miguel Rojas (1)
    RBI - Edgar Renteria (1), Jonny Gomes (4), Jeremy Hermida (3), Chris Heisey 2 (6), Ramon Hernandez (1)
    Team LOB - 7
    Fielding
    DP - Janish-Rojas-Costanzo
    E - Brandon Phillips (1, Misplayed grounder)
    Cincinnati Reds
    PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
    Homer Bailey 4611250 5.19
    Dontrelle Willis (H,3) 0.1242200 3.38
    Jordan Smith (BS,1; W,2-0) 1.2210010 6.35
    Danny Herrera (H,3) 1100010 3.60
    Logan Ondrusek (S,1) 2000120 1.42
    Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Homer Bailey 5-2, Jordan Smith 2-3, Danny Herrera 1-0, Logan Ondrusek 1-3
    Batters Faced - Homer Bailey 20, Dontrelle Willis 5, Jordan Smith 8, Danny Herrera 3, Logan Ondrusek 7
    Chicago Cubs
    HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
    Fernando Perez, LF4013012 .250
        Jae-Hoon Ha, LF1000010 .000
    Darwin Barney, SS4021001 .318
        Marwin Gonzalez, SS1000000 .000
    Marlon Byrd, CF3120102 .577
        Evan Crawford, CF1000010 .000
    Aramis Ramirez, 3B4120012 .320
        Josh Vitters, 3B0000000 .333
        Matthew Cerda, 3B1000000 .000
    Carlos Pena, 1B4000026 .167
        Rebel Ridling, 1B1000000 .000
    Geovany Soto, C3100102 .292
        Welington Castillo, C0000100 .556
    Bobby Scales, 2B5232011 .462
    Jim Adduci, RF2110200 .188
       a- Kyler Burke, PH1000013 .000
       b- D.J. LeMahieu, PH1000001 .500
    Totals37611659  
    a-struck out for Silva in the 5th
    b-grounded into a double play for Wellemeyer in the 7th
    Batting
    2B - Aramis Ramirez (3, Bailey), Bobby Scales (1, Bailey)
    SH - Carlos Silva (1)
    RBI - Fernando Perez 3 (4), Darwin Barney (2), Bobby Scales 2 (6)
    2-OUT RBI - Fernando Perez 2 (2), Darwin Barney (1)
    Team LOB - 10
    Fielding
    DP - Barney-Scales-Pena
    E - Aramis Ramirez (4, Throwing)
    Chicago Cubs
    PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
    Carlos Silva 5544022 16.20
    Todd Wellemeyer (BS,1; L,1-2) 2432310 4.50
    Trey McNutt 1100010 21.60
    Justin Berg 1000100 34.71
    WP - Justin Berg (1)
    Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Carlos Silva 4-8, Todd Wellemeyer 3-3, Trey McNutt 2-0, Justin Berg 1-2
    Batters Faced - Carlos Silva 19, Todd Wellemeyer 14, Trey McNutt 4, Justin Berg 4
    Game Information
    Attendance - 10327
    Game Time - 2:54
    Temperature - 75
    Umpires - Home - Ted Barrett, First Base - Charlie Reliford, Second Base - Mike Everitt, Third Base - Derryl Cousins