Santana makes Royals debut in 3-2 win over Reds

Published on NewsOK Modified: March 1, 2013 at 6:08 pm •  Published: March 1, 2013
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Mesoraco, who hit just .212 over 54 games for the Reds last season, showed what made him a former first-round pick in the fifth inning. He hit a 3-0 pitch from closer Greg Holland over the left-field wall to give Cincinnati a 1-0 lead.

The Royals got an answer from the most unlikely of places.

Getz, who's competing with Johnny Giavotella for the starting job at second base, only has two career homers — both of them in 2009 — in 371 big league games. But he said he's made a couple of minor tweaks to his stance recently, and the result has been a little more pop.

Enough that he could muscle a pitch from right-hander Sam LeCure over the wall in right.

"I was just fooling around with some stuff, and I don't know. Tried something new today and connected," Getz said. "Was able to get a quick result, I guess. A positive result."

Kristopher Negron gave the Reds the lead back with a first-pitch homer off Aaron Crow, Perez answered in the bottom half of the sixth with an RBI single, and that allowed Hayes to become the hero.

He turned on a 0-1 pitch from Stevens and sent it soaring onto the berm beyond the left-field wall, allowing the Royals to remain the only team without a loss in spring training.

"Blind squirrel finds a nut, right?" said Hayes, who is known more for his defense than his offense. "I've worked really hard the last six months or so. We all have. It's nice to see it paying off a little bit."

NOTES: Reds CF Shin-Soo Choo (right quadriceps) and C Ryan Hanigan (left oblique) were scratched from the lineup with what Baker called typical spring training soreness. ... OF Billy Hamilton, who last year broke the minor league record with 155 steals, swiped his first two bases of spring in the eighth. ... Guthrie makes his first appearance of spring Saturday against San Francisco. ... Reds RHP Bronson Arroyo is expected to start Saturday against the White Sox.