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Reds beat wild Volquez, 7-3
Thursday, March 28, 2013 11:00 AM
GOODYEAR, Ariz. (AP) - Edinson Volquez was wild in this warmup.
Volquez walked six in his last outing before starting the Padres' opener and the Cincinnati Reds beat San Diego 7-3 Wednesday.
Volquez walked three in the third inning but pitched out of the jam. He was pulled after pitching to two batters in the sixth inning, allowing a single to Ryan Ludwick and walking Devin Mesoraco.
Volquez is set to start he opener against the Mets in New York.
"My mechanics were off. I jumped a little bit," Volquez said. "I have to work on my bullpen to stay closed. Everything was fine from the windup. It was just when I was in the stretch."
Shin-Soo Choo's second home run of the spring was the first hit allowed by Volquez.
Ryan Ludwick hit his first homer this spring, a three-run drive for the Reds. Joey Votto added his fourth home run.
Ludwick was hitting .208 when the game started. He walked and singled before he broke open a 1-all tie in the seventh.
"We got home runs but it starts with good pitching," Cincinnati manager Dusty Baker said. "It keeps you in the game until you hit the home runs."
Mike Leake pitched six strong innings for Reds, giving up one run and five hits. He struck out four and walked none.
"It was a good tuneup. I was keeping the ball down," Leake said.
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