Reds find hits hard to come by vs. Jays

Reds find hits hard to come by vs. Jays

BLUE JAYS 6, REDS 3
at Dunedin, Fla.
Wednesday, March 26

Reds at the plate: Cincinnati's first 19 batters were unable to manage a hit against Toronto, but Jeff Keppinger halted the streak with a single up the middle in the seventh inning. Keppinger later scored on a fielder's-choice groundout off the bat of Jolbert Cabrera. Andy Phillips added an RBI sacrifice fly and an RBI single.

Blue Jays at the plate: Toronto scored the game's first runs in the fifth inning, when Marco Scutaro and David Eckstein chipped in RBI singles. Aaron Hill and Lyle Overbay each chipped in singles, giving them Grapefruit League averages of .400 and .370, respectively. Frank Thomas belted his first home run of the spring in the seventh.

Reds on the mound: No. 1 starter Aaron Harang spun six-plus innings, exiting the contest after surrendering Thomas' solo blast to lead off the seventh inning. In all, Harang allowed three runs on eight hits with two strikeouts and no walks in the outing. Bill Bray, who is in the running for a bullpen job, yielded three runs on three hits with one walk in one-third of an inning.

Blue Jays on the mound: Right-hander Jesse Litsch, who is set to open the season as the club's fifth starter, carried a no-hitter into the seventh inning. He allowed two runs on two hits in the seventh and finished with two strikeouts and one walk in the outing. He induced 14 outs via ground ball.

Grapefruit League records: Reds 14-15, Blue Jays 10-16.

Up next for Reds: Right-hander Bronson Arroyo -- Cincinnati's No. 2 starter this season -- is on deck to start against Minnesota in a 1:05 p.m. ET pairing on Thursday at Ed Smith Stadium in Sarasota, Fla. The Twins will counter with righty Boof Bonser.

Up next for Blue Jays: Right-hander Dustin McGowan is scheduled to pitch seven innings against Houston in a 1:05 p.m. ET tilt on Thursday at Knology Park. Scott Downs, Jason Frasor and Jeremy Accardo are also slated to pitch for the Jays.

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