Davis solid, Reds rally late vs. Royals

Davis solid, Reds rally late vs. Royals

SURPRISE, Ariz. -- Right-hander Tim Adleman, in the battle for a Reds rotation spot, hit a go-ahead two-run double in the eighth inning as the Reds rallied for a 10-6 victory over the Royals on Monday.

The Reds sent 13 men to the plate in an eight-run eighth inning, highlighted by Adleman's double, which erased a 4-2 deficit.

"The Killer Bs strike again," Reds manager Bryan Price quipped, referring to his "B" unit.

Adleman's two-run double

Royals right-hander Jason Hammel, likely the team's No. 3 or 4 starter, tossed 5 1/3 strong innings, and prospect Ryan O'Hearn doubled and homered.

Hammel didn't give up a hit until there was one out in the fifth inning, when catcher Devin Mesoraco singled sharply to left-center. Hammel gave up one run, walked one and struck out five. He threw 76 pitches, 57 for strikes.

Hammel ready for regular season

O'Hearn doubled in the Royals' first run in the fourth inning, a shot into the right-field corner that scored Paulo Orlando, who had singled.

O'Hearn, the Royals' No. 8 prospect, according to MLB Pipeline, then belted a long two-run homer to right in the sixth, his second this spring. He was reassigned to Minor League camp after the game.

"We liked him the little bit that we saw him last year, too," Royals manager Ned Yost said. "He's got a nice, short swing. He's going to be a good player."

Hammel fans Suarez in the 4th

Reds right-hander Rookie Davis, who is in competition for one of three open spots in the rotation, threw four strong innings. Davis gave up just four hits and one run, while walking one and striking out three.

"He pitched well, a nice ballgame," Price said. "They had some nice players in the lineup and some good prospects, and he attacked the zone, as he's done all spring. He's been good in the strike zone. He's managed his mix of pitches, controlled the running game well, and overall it was really a complete job."

Reds Up Next: Cody Reed starts for the Reds, who return home to Goodyear Ballpark to play the Angels. The left-hander is competing for a rotation job. First pitch is scheduled for 4:05 p.m. ET on on MLB.TV.

Royals Up Next: Left-hander Jason Vargas, likely the Royals' No. 3 or No. 4 starter this season, gets the start in a 3:10 p.m. CT game against Arizona on Tuesday at Salt River Fields. After Vargas, the Royals will use Joakim Soria and then four pitchers in competition for the final spot in the bullpen: Peter Moylan, Yender Caramo, Scott Alexander and Malcom Culver.

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Jeffrey Flanagan has covered the Royals since 1991, and for MLB.com since 2015. Follow him on Twitter @FlannyMLB. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.