Cingrani, Hamilton lead Reds over Diamondbacks

Published on NewsOK Modified: March 27, 2014 at 6:34 pm •  Published: March 27, 2014

GOODYEAR, Ariz. (AP) — Tony Cingrani pitched seven solid innings, Billy Hamilton hit two triples and the Cincinnati Reds topped the Arizona Diamondbacks 9-1 Thursday in a split-squad game.

Both players will be on a major league roster for the first time.

"I'm beyond excited. It is a dream come true," said Cingrani, who hadn't had a chance to call home with the news.

"It is unbelievable for me and Billy. I played with Billy a lot" in the minors. "It will be unbelievable for both of us."

Cingrani found out earlier that he will start the second game of the season against St. Louis on April 2. It's his first time on an opening-day roster.

The 24-year old left-hander allowed one run and five hits, including a homer by Nick Evans. Cingrani walked one but picked off two runners.

"Cingrani is the confident kind. He's not emotionally fragile," Reds first-year manager Bryan Price said.

Hamilton also singled. The speedster is expected to be in the opening day lineup, leading off in center field.

Hamilton almost hit his second homer of the spring. His drive bounced high off the wall and got past right fielder Jordan Parraz, and Hamilton took a wide turn at third but held.

On-deck batter Brandon Phillips was jumping up and down, waving on Hamilton.

"He's been terrific," Price said. "His approach has been impeccable. He has kept the ball out of the air except for two sacrifice flies he hit the other day. His defense has been impeccable, too."

Randall Delgado, hoping for a place in the Diamondbacks' rotation, pitched four innings and gave up two runs and seven hits.

"It was good today," Delgado said.

The Diamondbacks optioned Archie Bradley, one of the candidates to start to the minor leagues this morning.

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