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The Associated Press

GOODYEAR, Ariz. (AP) - Gerado Parra and Willie Bloomquist are ready for the World Baseball Classic. Joey Votto is close to his decision.

Parra, who will play for Venezuela in the WBC, drove in three runs and threw out a base runner Thursday, leading the Arizona Diamondbacks to a 6-5 victory over the Cincinnati Reds.

Bloomquist, who is on the U.S. roster, had three hits, including a double, and drove in a run.

The Reds built a 4-1 lead against starter Ian Kennedy and left-handed prospect Tyler Skaggs. Parra and Bloomquist helped put the Diamondbacks on top.

Votto will seek advice from Reds general manager Walt Jocketty and manager Dusty Baker about his WBC participation. He was given a spot on Canada's team, but isn't sure whether he will play. Votto missed 48 games last season because of torn knee cartilage and has looked good so far during spring training. The former NL MVP walked and scored in three plate appearances Thursday.

"It is difficult for me to commit because I've never been injured before," Votto said. "The reason I've hesitated is I want to make sure I'm comfortable playing and feeling good physically. I don't want something to interrupt the process that I need to go through to get ready for the regular season, which is my No. 1 priority."

Baker sees no reason why Votto can't play for the Canadian team that will train in Goodyear.

"If he asked me, I'd say yes," Baker said. "There is a lot of national pride playing for your country. As far as baseball's concerned, Joey is one of the national treasures of Canada."

The Reds denied starter Johnny Cueto's request to pitch for the Dominican Republic in the WBC, out of concern for his health. Cueto pulled muscles in his side during the playoffs last year, ending his season. Baker has seen nothing from Votto that would give him reason for concern about his knee.

"He looks good to me," Baker said. "I haven't seen any limp or anything."

Parra batted leadoff in 38 games for the Diamondbacks last season, but was in the third spot against Cincinnati - a place that manager Kirk Gibson thinks is suited for him.

"Hitting third is a productive place," Gibson said. "You may have to get on. A guy can run the bases, steal and drive guys in. You like to see guys drive the ball in the gap and hit it out occasionally. He's led off for us. Today he balanced the lineup, left-right, left-right."

Cincinnati opened its competition for the fifth spot in the rotation. Right-hander Mike Leake, trying to retain his spot, pitched two innings, allowing a run on two hits. Left-hander Aroldis Chapman, last year's closer who is competing for a rotation spot, started a split-squad game against Colorado and retired all six batters he faced, fanning one.

"Leake looked real good," Baker said. "It looked like he was working on his change-up. He was locating his fastball well. He had good tempo and kept the ball down."

NOTES: Arizona's top pitching prospect, Tyler Skaggs, had a rough outing. He allowed three hits and walked three while retiring two batters. ... Gibson intends to move Parra around the lineup during spring training. "Today he set up our batting order, left-right, left-right. We will move him around to find the right combination," Gibson said. .. RF Jay Bruce was in the Reds' lineup after missing two games with a sore right heel. ... 3B Todd Frazier had missed two games with tightness in his calf. He walked and scored against Arizona.

 
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Players of the Game
Cincinnati

J. Donald
AB 5
R 0
H 3
HR 0
RBI 2
Arizona

G. Parra
AB 4
R 0
H 3
HR 0
RBI 3
 

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Arizona Diamondbacks
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Adam Eaton, CF4000002 .350
    Tony Campana, CF1000002 .000
Willie Bloomquist, 2B3231000 .538
    Matt Davidson, 3B1100110 .167
Gerardo Parra, RF4033011 .417
    Brad Snyder, RF1000010 .200
Paul Goldschmidt, 1B4011001 .333
    Jonathan Griffin, PR-1B0000100 .000
Jason Kubel, LF3110021 .300
    Alfredo Marte, LF2000003 .250
Rod Barajas, C3000011 .556
    Wil Nieves, C1000010 .143
Mark Teahen, 3B3011010 .273
    Nick Ahmed, 2B0000100 .200
A.J. Pollock, DH3100111 .111
John McDonald, SS2110000 .375
   a- Cliff Pennington, PH-SS1000112 .444
Totals366106510  
a-walked for McDonald in the 7th
Batting
2B - Willie Bloomquist (3, Leake), Mark Teahen (1, Simon), John McDonald (1, Simon)
RBI - Willie Bloomquist (2), Gerardo Parra 3 (6), Paul Goldschmidt (1), Mark Teahen (1)
2-OUT RBI - Gerardo Parra (1), Paul Goldschmidt (1), Mark Teahen (1)
SB - A.J. Pollock (2, 2nd base off Arredondo/Barnhart)
CS - Gerardo Parra (1, 2nd base by Simon/Miller)
Team LOB - 8
Fielding
Outfield Assists - Gerardo Parra 1
E - Paul Goldschmidt (1, Dropped fly), John McDonald (1, Throwing), Brad Snyder (1, Misplayed grounder)
Arizona Diamondbacks
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Ian Kennedy 2210010 0.00
Tyler Skaggs 0.2333210 19.29
Eric Smith 1.1000130 0.00
Charles Brewer (W,2-0) 3310110 0.00
Eury De La Rosa (H,1) 1100010 0.00
Conrad Flynn (S,1) 1100100 0.00
HBP - Barnhart (by Eury De La Rosa)
WP - Tyler Skaggs (1)
Pitches-Strikes - Ian Kennedy 11-11, Tyler Skaggs 16-7, Eric Smith 14-10, Charles Brewer 17-13, Eury De La Rosa 7-6, Conrad Flynn 8-4
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Ian Kennedy 5-1, Tyler Skaggs 1-0, Eric Smith 1-0, Charles Brewer 6-1, Eury De La Rosa 1-1, Conrad Flynn 1-2
Batters Faced - Ian Kennedy 9, Tyler Skaggs 7, Eric Smith 5, Charles Brewer 12, Eury De La Rosa 5, Conrad Flynn 5
Cincinnati Reds
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Shin-Soo Choo, CF3110010 .273
    Beau Amaral, CF2010001 .500
Emmanuel Burriss, SS3010021 .333
    Cesar Izturis, SS2110002 .308
Joey Votto, 1B2100111 .333
    Travis Mattair, 1B2010000 .500
Ryan Ludwick, LF3011011 .250
    Derrick Robinson, LF2000001 .100
Jay Bruce, RF2100100 .000
    Jeff Gelalich, RF1000101 .000
Todd Frazier, 3B3100000 .286
    Henry Rodriguez, 3B2010001 .667
Jason Donald, 2B5032002 .385
Corky Miller, C1000101 .000
    Tucker Barnhart, C1000000 .200
Yorman Rodriguez, DH3000125 .333
Totals37510357  
Batting
2B - Jason Donald 2 (2, Kennedy, Brewer)
RBI - Ryan Ludwick (1), Jason Donald 2 (2)
2-OUT RBI - Jason Donald (1)
Team LOB - 11
Fielding
DP - Mattair-Izturis
E - Emmanuel Burriss (1, Throwing), Henry Rodriguez (2, Misplayed grounder)
Cincinnati Reds
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Mike Leake 2211030 4.50
Alfredo Simon 3633020 11.57
Jose Arredondo (L,0-1) 1.2122310 6.75
Kanekoa Texeira 0.1100000 7.71
Ismael Guillon 1000120 0.00
Wilkin De La Rosa 1000120 6.75
WP - Alfredo Simon (1)
Pitches-Strikes - Mike Leake 14-14, Alfredo Simon 18-18, Jose Arredondo 19-7, Kanekoa Texeira 2-2, Ismael Guillon 12-8, Wilkin De La Rosa 11-7
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Mike Leake 1-2, Alfredo Simon 4-2, Jose Arredondo 3-0, Kanekoa Texeira 1-0, Ismael Guillon 1-1
Batters Faced - Mike Leake 8, Alfredo Simon 14, Jose Arredondo 8, Kanekoa Texeira 2, Ismael Guillon 5, Wilkin De La Rosa 4
Game Information
Attendance - 2421
Game Time - 3:07
Temperature - 67
Umpires - Home - Quinn Wolcott, First Base - Todd Tichenor, Second Base - Stephen Barga, Third Base - Brad Myers