Santiago, Pena lead Reds to 3-2 win over Rockies

Published on NewsOK Modified: March 1, 2014 at 7:29 pm •  Published: March 1, 2014

GOODYEAR, Ariz. (AP) — Ramon Santiago singled home a run, stole second and scored on a wild pitch to help the Cincinnati Reds beat the Colorado Rockies 3-2 on Saturday.

Brayan Pena doubled and scored on Santiago's single. Neftali Soto doubled in a run for Cincinnati.

Pena and Santiago both played for Detroit last season.

Nolan Arenado had three singles and an RBI for the Rockies. Former Reds infielder Paul Janish singled and scored two runs.

"Arenado looks good. He has his legs under him," Colorado manager Walt Weiss said. "At times last year he got away from using his legs. I don't worry about Nolan."

The game was played despite the first rain in the Phoenix area since Dec. 21. Billy Hamilton, Skip Schumaker, Brandon Phillips and Zack Cozart were scratched from the original Reds lineup due to wet conditions.

Colorado was informed the game was on shortly after 11 a.m., leaving the Rockies enough time to make the 45-minute trip from Scottsdale.

Chien-Ming Wang pitched for Cincinnati for the first time this spring. He allowed one run and five hits in two innings, striking out two.

The 34-year-old right-hander from Taiwan was signed in the offseason to add rotation depth. He is working on off-speed pitches to complement his sinking fastball.

"I am very happy to be in the major league camp," Wang said. "I mixed in more changeups and change of speeds. The whole spring I've been working on the changeup and curveball."

STARTING TIME

Rockies: Jordan Lyles made his first start for Colorado. Lyles came to Colorado with Brandon Barnes from Houston in an offseason trade for Dexter Fowler.

Lyles allowed two runs, one earned, on three hits in two innings. He struck out one.

"It went well for the first time," Lyles said. "It was the first time I got to work with Jordan Pacheco. It is going to take some time. Spring training is long but it is needed to let pitchers and catchers work together."

Weiss is also getting to know his new pitcher.

"He has a live arm," the manager said. "When he keeps his fastball down he gets a lot of groundballs."

Reds: Tony Cingrani pitched two scoreless innings for Cincinnati.

The lefty, who filled in admirably for an injured Johnny Cueto last season, is working on a slider to go with a live fastball. Cingrani threw a higher percentage of fastballs than any other pitcher in the majors besides CC Sabathia last season.