Early explosion leads Brewers past Reds, 8-6

Milwaukee's Matt Garza stretches during the first inning on Friday night, against the Reds, in Goodyear, Ariz.  

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GOODYEAR, Ariz.  — Scooter Gennett opened the game with a solo homer and Jonathan Lucroy had a two-run shot in the first inning to lead the Milwaukee Brewers to an 8-5 victory over the Cincinnati Reds on Friday night.

Gennett’s homer was his first of the spring and Lucroy followed a single by Jean Segura with his third home run before Raisel Iglesias retired a batter.

Matt Garza had a slow start giving up two runs in the first but settled in pitching out of a first-and-third, no-out situation. Garza gave up five runs in 5 2/3 innings in his next to last tuneup for the season.

Brandon Phillips had two doubles and four RBI, and Joey Votto was 2 for 3 with an RBI.

Iglesias allowed five hits and six runs — three earned — in his four-inning stint, his longest of the spring. The Cuban pitcher, who signed a seven-year, $27-million deal, may fill in for Homer Bailey the first week of the season.

Lucroy had two hits and Carlos Gomez hit two doubles.

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