Votto, Phillips power Reds to 7-6 win over A’s
GOODYEAR, Ariz. (AP) — Joey Votto and Brandon Phillips homered to power the Cincinnati Reds past the Oakland Athletics 7-6 on Sunday.
Votto’s first home run of the spring came off A’s starter Sonny Gray. Billy Hamilton had two hits for the Reds, including a push bunt down the first base line that caught pitcher Josh Lindblom flat-footed. Lindblom couldn’t get to first base to cover on the play.
Hamilton stole second and third as Lindblom fell behind in the count to Phillips, who belted his second home run of the spring.
Hamilton also singled home a run in the second.
Derek Norris, one of three catchers in the running for roster spots with the A’s, doubled home two runs in the first off Tony Cingrani.
Oakland designated hitter Yoenis Cespedes was 0 for 2 with a walk, dropping his batting average to .111.