Phillips sharp with bat and glove, Reds top Padres

Published on NewsOK Modified: March 2, 2014 at 6:45 pm •  Published: March 2, 2014
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PEORIA, Ariz. (AP) — Cincinnati second baseman Brandon Phillips flashed his All-Star form at the plate and in the field Sunday as the Reds beat a split squad of San Diego Padres 15-4.

Hitless in his first two spring training games, Phillips had a two-run triple that scored Zack Cozart and Billy Hamilton in the fourth inning.

A half-inning earlier, Phillips turned in a nifty defensive play. Running up the middle, he stabbed at Chris Denorfia's grounder and in one motion, jumped, turned and threw to first base for the out.

"Had some really good defense, especially early with Brandon and (third baseman) Todd Frazier," Cincinnati manager Bryan Price said. "Some nice plays there."

Jay Bruce went 2 for 2 with a triple. Cozart had two hits, scored three times and stole a base, and Donald Lutz homered in the ninth.

Reds starter Brett Marshall threw two scoreless innings. The Padres didn't get a hit until the sixth inning.

"Nice to see Jay swing the bat so well," Price said. "A lot of well hit balls today. It was just good to see."

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Cincinnati: Marshall walked two and hit a batter, while striking out one and being credited for the win. He threw 25 pitches in his outing — 13 for strikes — and induced two double plays.

"It was also nice to see Brett Marshall come in there and throw the ball well," Price said.

San Diego: Tyson Ross tossed two shutout innings, allowed no hits, one walk with one strikeout in his first spring training appearance.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Cincinnati: Pitcher Mike Leake was supposed to make his first start of spring training against San Diego, but the right-hander was scratched because of an abdominal injury. The date of his next start has not been set.

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