Friday, March 23, 2001

Game report: Reds 16, Blue Jays (ss) 3

        The bats: The Reds homered seven times on the way to ending a four-game losing streak.

        They broke open the game with nine runs in the fifth inning — their biggest inning of the spring.

        Ken Griffey Jr. got the fifth rolling with a three-run home run. Aaron Boone followed with a two-run shot. Then Jason LaRue and Michael Tucker went deep on back-to-back pitches — the first two of the game thrown by Scott Eyre.

        Tucker homered again in the eighth. Dmitri Young and Tim Spehr also homered, and Donnie Sadler went 3-for-3 with two doubles.

        The arms: Rob Bell had his best start of the spring. He went five innings, allowing one run and five hits, striking out four and walking none. The run came on a solo homer by Carlos Delgado. Dennys Reyes pitched a scoreless inning.

        The rest: Griffey threw out Shannon Stewart, at the plate.

        Up next: The Reds play host to the Boston Red Sox. It will be a battle of aces: Pete Harnisch (1-2, 2.01 ERA) faces Pedro Martinez (1-0, 0.00).


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