Mark Reynolds hit one of Colorado's three homers and Ben Paulson drove in three runs, leading the Rockies over the Cincinnati Reds 9-3 Sunday.
Reynolds singled in the first inning off Jon Moscot, one of the numerous pitchers competing for three open spots in the Reds' rotation. Reynolds hit his first spring homer off Pedro Villarreal in the sixth.
“Reynolds has big time raw power. He’s been doing this for a long time,” Rockies manager Walt Weiss said. “When he clicks it, it really goes.”
David Dahl and Trevor Story also homered for the Rockies.
Phillip Ervin, the Reds' top pick in the 2013 draft, homered for the second consecutive day. Eugenio Suarez, who is moving from shortstop to third base to replace the traded Todd Frazier, hit safely in his fourth straight game.
“As a staff we weren’t very sharp today,” Reds’ manager Bryan Price said. “We got a couple of good outings (Jumbo) Diaz was very good. Stephen Johnson even though he gave up a solo homer, I thought was good and (Caleb) Cotham to finish was good, then Phillip Ervin with a homer and a base hit were the bright spots in an otherwise blah day.”
The Reds acquired Johnson from San Francisco for Marlon Byrd. Cotham came from the Yankees in the Aroldis Chapman trade.
Cincinnati's Tyler Holt ran into the left field fence while making the catch in the second inning. He appeared to be stunned but remained in the game.
FIRST TIME OUT
Reds: Eric Jagielo, who came to the Reds from the Yankees in exchange for Aroldis Chapman, played in his first game for the Reds. He struck out twice. Jagielo had knee surgery in June.
Jon Moscot made his second start. He pitched three innings, allowing four runs (three earned) on four hits, including a home run by David Dahl. Moscot struck out three.
“I need to work on pitch selection a little bit better,” Moscot said. “I threw too many fastballs and was opening up a bit. It’s something I’m usually good with.”
“Jon wasn’t sharp,” Price said. “He couldn’t locate his fastball and got behind with it.”
Billy Hamilton’s work load has been reduced after he reported pain in his right shoulder from swinging a bat. Hamilton had surgery in September and was easing his way onto the field as a designated hitter. Manager Bryan Price expects Zack Cozart (knee) to be playing in games within five or six days.
The Reds host the Angels on Monday. Rookie LHP Cody Reed is scheduled to start for the Reds. RHP Matt Shoemaker is the Angel’s scheduled starter.