Brewers rough up Reds’ Leake with 6-run second inning

The Milwaukee Brewers' Jonathan Lucroy celebrates in the dugout after a solo home run off Cincinnati Reds relief pitcher Pedro Beato in the seventh inning.

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GOODYEAR, Ariz. (AP) — Lyle Overbay got good news this morning and celebrated with his bat.

Overbay, who was told that he had made the Brewers’ opening day roster early Sunday, had two doubles and a single in Milwaukee’s 9-1 victory over the Reds.

"He swung the bat very well in BP today," Milwaukee manager Ron Roenicke said. "I don’t know if telling him took pressure off even with a veteran you get comfortable, but it is good to see him swing that bat."

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Jonathan Lucroy drove in three runs with a double and a home run as the Brewers roughed up Mike Leake, scoring six runs in the second inning. Milwaukee had four doubles in the inning.

Logan Schaefer doubled and scored in the first and added another in the second.

Jay Bruce had an RBI double for the Reds run off Milwaukee starter Matt Garza.

Garza has one more scheduled spring training start.

Lucroy’s solo home run off Pedro Beato in the seventh was his second of the spring.

Beato is one of the pitchers who will fill injury voids in the Reds bullpen. The run Beato allowed is the third he’s allowed in eight innings this spring.

Starting time: Matt Garza made his fourth spring start. He also pitched a Triple-A game against Louisville on Monday, his last outing.

The right-hander signed with the Brewers in January.

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Garza pitched six innings. He allowed one run and four hits and two walks and struck out six.

"When the bell rings, I will be ready," Garza said. "I have one more start against Kansas City. Spring training is to get ready for the season. All I’m worried about are my progressions."

Trainer’s room: Tom Gorzelanny has not pitched this spring. He had surgery on his left shoulder in December.

Count me in: The Brewers told first baseman Lyle Overbay and third baseman Mark Reynolds that they would be added to the Brewers’ opening day roster. Overbay had three hits in the game against the Reds Sunday. The two veterans, who will likely platoon at first base, were invited to spring training as non-roster players. Juan Francisco was competing for a job at first. The former Cincinnati farmhand hit .346 with three home runs and six RBI. Overbay hit .114 coming into the game. Reynolds is hitting .250 with two home runs and 11 RBI. The Brewers elected to go with the veteran pair.