Votto keeps things close in loss

Votto keeps things close in loss

Pirates 8 Reds 4
at Sarasota, Fla.
March 18, 2008

Pirates at the plate: In a two-run second inning, Ryan Doumit doubled and scored on Xavier Nady's RBI single. Nady scored on Josh Wilson's sacrifice fly. In a four-run third, Jose Bautista hit a two-run home run to left field. Bautista had a three-RBI day.

Reds at the plate: In the fourth inning, after back-to-back two-out singles by Brandon Phillips and Edwin Encarnacion accounted for the Reds' first hits of the game, Joey Votto hit a three-run home run to center field.

Pirates on the mound: Paul Maholm pitched five innings and allowed three earned runs on three hits, all in the fourth inning. Maholm walked one and struck out three. Jonah Bayliss notched one scoreless inning with one hit, one walk and one strikeout. Hector Carrasco gave up three hits and struck out one in a scoreless inning.

Reds on the mound: Starter Josh Fogg gave up six runs, three earned, in three innings in his latest rotation audition. Fogg allowed five hits, including Bautista's homer, with one walk and one strikeout. Marcus McBeth allowed one earned run over two innings with two hits and one walk. Bill Bray had another scoreless outing, working two hitless innings with one walk and two strikeouts. Mike Lincoln pitched one perfect inning.

Grapefruit League records: Pirates (8-12), Reds (11-11-1)

Up next for the Pirates: The Pirates will play the first official night game at McKechnie Field on Wednesday when they host the Yankees at 7:05 p.m. The previously scheduled nightcap was rained out back on March 7.

After delaying his return one more day, Freddy Sanchez is expected to take the field on Wednesday for the first time this spring. The pitching matchup will pit Pittsburgh's Matt Morris against New York right-hander Phil Hughes. Phil Dumatrait, Jaret Wright, Byung-Hyun Kim and Damaso Marte are all slated to pitch an inning of relief for the Pirates as well.

Up next for the Reds: The Reds will get their one and only Spring Training off-day on Wednesday. There will be no workouts, bullpen sessions or big league participation in Minor League games. Play will resume on Thursday at 7:05 p.m. ET vs. the Twins at Fort Myers. Rotation candidate Homer Bailey will start against Minnesota's Kevin Slowey.

Mark Sheldon is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.