Moss, Reddick hit home runs in A's win over Reds

Published on NewsOK Modified: March 25, 2014 at 7:58 pm •  Published: March 25, 2014
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PHOENIX (AP) — Brandon Moss hit a three-run homer and Josh Reddick had a solo home run to help power the Oakland Athletics to an 8-4 victory over the Cincinnati Reds on Tuesday.

Derek Norris went 3-for-4 with two RBIs and two runs scored for Oakland.

"Just continuing things that I fixed last year," Norris said. "Just trying to stay balanced and make sure you've got your timing going into the season."

Starter Tommy Milone struggled at times, but lasted five innings and gave up three earned runs on five hits.

"You really want to be as close as you can to game-ready, season-ready this late in the spring," Milone said.

Brandon Phillips hit a solo home run, finishing 2-for-3 for the Reds. Phillips has not hit well this spring, but six of his 10 hits have been for extra bases — including five home runs.

Billy Hamilton drove in a pair of runs for the Reds with two sacrifice flies.

Cincinnati benefited from three Oakland errors. Jason Bourgeois reached base twice on errors by shortstop Jed Lowrie and second baseman Eric Sogard and scored. Zack Cozart reached on a throwing error by third baseman Josh Donaldson and scored.

Donaldson had two hits and an RBI and scored twice, and speared a line drive from the Reds' Kristopher Negron in the eighth.

Oakland's bullpen held the Reds scoreless for four innings, with closer Jim Johnson and relievers Luke Gregerson, Sean Doolittle and Andrew Werner pitching an inning each.

STARTING TIME

REDS: Veteran lefty Jeff Francis allowed five runs on six hits in four innings with five strikeouts and three walks.

"He's a guy that can give us some strong support if needed during the year," Reds manager Bryan Price said.

ATHLETICS: Milone is going to be in the A's starting rotation and will next pitch in Saturday's game at San Francisco. He'll get in some work with fellow starter Dan Straily that night.

"It'll be nice to get back out there again even though it will be a shorter day," Milone said.

CATCHER CALL

Both the Reds and A's have decisions to make at catcher.

The Reds' Devin Mesoraco has a strained oblique and might not be ready to start the regular season, so non-rostered Corky Miller, who started Tuesday's game, still has a small chance despite his low offensive production. Miller moved a runner to third with no outs that led to the Reds' second run and went hard after a foul pop that he just missed.

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