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Phillips looks sharp for Reds
Monday, March 03, 2014 10:00 AM
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.
Jay Bruce went 2 for 2 with a triple. Cozart had two hits, scored three times and stole a base.
Reds starter Brett Marshall threw two scoreless innings. The Padres didn't get a hit until the sixth inning.
On Saturday, Ramon Santiago singled home a run, stole second and scored on a wild pitch as the Reds beat the Colorado Rockies 3-2.
Brayan Pena doubled and scored on Santiago's single. Neftali Soto doubled home a run.
Pena and Santiago both played in Detroit last season.
Nolan Arenado had three singles and an RBI for the Rockies. Former Reds infielder Paul Janish singled and scored two runs.
The game was played despite the first rain in the Phoenix area since Dec. 21.
Chien-Ming Wang pitched for Cincinnati for the first time this spring. He allowed one run on five hits, striking out two.
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