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."
|Edgar Renteria, SS||3||0||1||1||0||1||0||.368|
|Paul Janish, SS||1||1||0||0||1||0||1||.368|
|Brandon Phillips, 2B||3||0||0||0||0||0||1||.176|
|Miguel Rojas, 2B||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||.200|
|Jay Bruce, RF||3||1||1||0||0||0||0||.200|
|a- Ryan LaMarre, PH-RF||1||0||0||0||1||0||1||.000|
|Scott Rolen, 3B||3||1||1||0||0||0||0||.316|
|Miguel Cairo, 3B||2||0||0||0||0||0||1||.188|
|Jonny Gomes, DH||3||0||1||1||0||0||0||.100|
|b- Henry Rodriguez, PH-DH||2||0||1||0||0||0||1||.500|
|Jeremy Hermida, LF||2||1||1||1||1||1||0||.375|
|c- Cody Puckett, PH-LF||1||0||0||0||0||0||2||.000|
|Chris Heisey, CF||2||1||1||2||1||0||0||.318|
|Felix Perez, CF||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||.429|
|Yonder Alonso, 1B||3||1||1||0||0||1||3||.389|
|Michael Costanzo, 1B||1||0||1||0||0||0||0||1.000|
|Ramon Hernandez, C||2||1||1||1||0||0||3||.231|
|Yasmani Grandal, C||1||0||0||0||0||1||1||.125|
|a-grounded out for Bruce in the 7th|
|b-singled for Gomes in the 7th|
|c-flied out for Hermida in the 7th|
|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|
|DP - Janish-Rojas-Costanzo|
|E - Brandon Phillips (1, Misplayed grounder)|
|Dontrelle Willis (H,3)||0.1||2||4||2||2||0||0||3.38|
|Jordan Smith (BS,1; W,2-0)||1.2||2||1||0||0||1||0||6.35|
|Danny Herrera (H,3)||1||1||0||0||0||1||0||3.60|
|Logan Ondrusek (S,1)||2||0||0||0||1||2||0||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|
|Fernando Perez, LF||4||0||1||3||0||1||2||.250|
|Jae-Hoon Ha, LF||1||0||0||0||0||1||0||.000|
|Darwin Barney, SS||4||0||2||1||0||0||1||.318|
|Marwin Gonzalez, SS||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Marlon Byrd, CF||3||1||2||0||1||0||2||.577|
|Evan Crawford, CF||1||0||0||0||0||1||0||.000|
|Aramis Ramirez, 3B||4||1||2||0||0||1||2||.320|
|Josh Vitters, 3B||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.333|
|Matthew Cerda, 3B||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Carlos Pena, 1B||4||0||0||0||0||2||6||.167|
|Rebel Ridling, 1B||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Geovany Soto, C||3||1||0||0||1||0||2||.292|
|Welington Castillo, C||0||0||0||0||1||0||0||.556|
|Bobby Scales, 2B||5||2||3||2||0||1||1||.462|
|Jim Adduci, RF||2||1||1||0||2||0||0||.188|
|a- Kyler Burke, PH||1||0||0||0||0||1||3||.000|
|b- D.J. LeMahieu, PH||1||0||0||0||0||0||1||.500|
|a-struck out for Silva in the 5th|
|b-grounded into a double play for Wellemeyer in the 7th|
|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|
|DP - Barney-Scales-Pena|
|E - Aramis Ramirez (4, Throwing)|
|Todd Wellemeyer (BS,1; L,1-2)||2||4||3||2||3||1||0||4.50|
|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|
|Attendance - 10327|
|Game Time - 2:54|
|Temperature - 75|
|Umpires - Home - Ted Barrett, First Base - Charlie Reliford, Second Base - Mike Everitt, Third Base - Derryl Cousins|