Reds relievers find form against Tribe

Reds relievers find form against Tribe

GOODYEAR, Ariz -- The Reds and Indians combined for 44 runs on Friday and Saturday. In Sunday's finale of the Cactus League-opening set, however, it took until the bottom of the seventh for either club to score.

Thanks to a two-out, two-run ground-rule double off the bat of non-roster catcher Omir Santos, the Indians broke the tie and pulled away from the Reds late to finish off a sweep, 3-0, in front of 3,278 fans at Goodyear Ballpark.

Minor League outfield prospect Carlos Moncrief added an RBI single later in the seventh for an insurance run.

The Cleveland pitching staff combined for a one-hitter, the sole Cincinnati base knock coming from Jason Donald in the sixth off Rich Hill.

Zach McAllister got the start for the Indians, tossing two innings, striking out a pair and walking one. The 25-year-old is trying to hold off competitors this spring for the fourth spot in the starting rotation.

"He pitched great," said bench coach Sandy Alomar Jr., acting as manager for the split-squad Tribe. "He set the table for us and got us going and the other guys just followed him."

On the Reds' side, relief pitcher Sam LeCure began the game on the mound, also throwing two frames while giving up a hit and punching out one.

"It's always good to get out there and have some sort of a measuring stick early, you can throw a bunch of bullpens and even live BP doesn't prepare you to go out there and face the hitters," LeCure said. "The key today was obviously to try to keep the ball down. That's something we're all focusing on early in camp anyhow. I felt like I did OK.

"It was good to go out there and see where I'm at. Those hitters will let you know if you're making a bunch of mistakes. I'm always happy to put up zeroes."

All three Indians runs were charged to Reds Minor League pitcher Josh Ravin, who allowed four hits.

Up next: The Reds remain in Goodyear on Monday to host a Brewers split-squad at 3:05 p.m. ET. Armando Galarraga, a non-roster invitee, is the scheduled starter, while relievers Sean Marshall and Jonathan Broxton are expected to see their first action. After being given days off on Sunday, Shin-Soo Choo and Todd Frazier are also likely to be back in the lineup.

Tyler Emerick is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.