REDS 5, BLUE JAYS 3
at Sarasota, Fla.
Monday, March 24
Reds at the plate: Adam Dunn hit a solo home run to right field in the second inning. Entering as a pinch-hitter in the fifth, Joey Votto connected on a two-run homer to left-center field. Jerry Hairston Jr. hit an RBI double in the seventh.
Blue Jays at the plate:
Toronto's first run scored in the third when Brian Jeroloman scored on a throwing error that saved David Eckstein from hitting into a double play. In the ninth, Erik Krutz hit an RBI double and Justin Jackson drilled an RBI triple.
Reds on the mound:
Starter Homer Bailey pitched 4 1/3 innings, allowing one unearned run and two hits with six walks, a wild pitch and two strikeouts. Jared Burton faced one batter and induced a double play to finish the fifth. Mike Lincoln allowed one hit and struck out one in two scoreless innings. Kent Mercker pitched a scoreless inning with two walks and a strikeout. Jeremy Affeldt gave up two ninth-inning runs on two hits and a walk with one strikeout.
Blue Jays on the mound:
Lefty Jesse Carlson is vying for a bullpen spot, but he started Monday night so he could face better hitters. Carlson allowed one hit in a scoreless first inning. Scheduled starter Shaun Marcum gave up five earned runs and seven hits in six innings with one walk and six strikeouts.
Grapefruit League records:
Reds 13-14-1; Blue Jays 9-15.
Up next for the Reds:
Expected No. 5 starter Edinson Volquez has a chance to lock down his status Tuesday when the Reds face the Phillies in Clearwater, Fla., at 1:05 p.m. ET. Right-hander Kyle Kendrick will start for Philadelphia.
Up next for the Blue Jays:
Toronto ace Roy Halladay will start when the Jays play the Rays at 7:05 p.m. ET in Dunedin, Fla. Right-hander Jason Hamel is Tampa Bay's scheduled starter.
Mark Sheldon is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.